Wednesday evening, demonstrations took place at several locations in the capital city of El Aaiun in occupied Western Sahara. Several dozen are said to have been injured after police intervened.
The demonstrations are said to have taken place at six different palces in El Aaiun, according to the blog Poemario por un Sahara Libre.
The demonstrations demanded the UN operations in Western Sahara, MINURSO, to be allowed to monitor the human rights situation, according to Poemario.
According to the pro-Saharawi Spanish Poemario-blog over 20 people were injured after clashes with the police, among them the former Rafto laureate Sidi Mohamed Daddach and the leader of the association ASVDH, Brahim Dahane. Vice-president of ASVDH, Elghalia Djimi, who visited Norway in November, is also said to have been injured.
Morocco must stop targeting human rights defenders and journalists standing up for human rights in Western Sahara, and allow them to work without reprisals, UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, said today.
In an early morning raid today, masked agents terrorized and assaulted the home of the Saharawi human rights defender Sultana Khaya, stole belongings and took three activists to an undisclosed location.
On 7 June 2019, videos began to circulate showing Moroccan police brutally beating up a Saharawi journalist in occupied Western Sahara. Today, a UN opinion calling for his release from prison was made public.
The Saharawi activist Sultana Khaya and her family has for almost 10 weeks been harrassed by Moroccan police when leaving or entering their home in occupied Western Sahara. Help us to denounce.