"Fighting for the dignity is to rescue women forgotten in Tindouf"
The former deported Sahrawi to Cuba, Saadani Maoulainine representing Corcas within the Delegation of Morocco to the 24th session of the Council of Human Rights said on Monday in Geneva that "the fight for dignity implies rescuing Tindouf women who, in conflict zones, pay a heavy toll in silence and support all kinds of deprivation."
The Sahrawi human rights activist was speaking at a panel on "the rights of women and children in conflict zones", held on the sidelines of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council .
"The extremely precarious conditions of women and children experiencing suffering in makeshift camps in south west Algeria, which must be a source of continuing concern for human rights in every place," she stressed, noting that in the southern provinces, the development momentum spares no one and continues to be powerful.
Ms. Maoulainine, also member of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs (CORCAS), pointed out that the woman is no longer, in the lawlessness Tindouf, assuming any role to defend rights in the absence of any recognition of individual liberties, starting with freedom of expression and movement.
"Women are deprived of their right not even to get a social life and many are victims of forced pregnancy," she lamented, adding that this tragic situation contrasts with the developments taking place in the Moroccan Sahara, with openness and stability similar to other parts of the Kingdom.
Saadani Maoulainine, 36, was deported to Cuba when she was 5 years old and had to spend 17 years in this Central American country. Her case is even more dramatic since she had lost her father died under torture after refusing the forced departure of his little daughter.
During the HRC session (9-27 September), she also took part in two discussion meetings on women and human rights and participation of women in development.
" I have chosen my country after a long life of exile," she told MAP, adding she is ready to continue until the last day of her life traveling the world to denounce the propaganda full of hatred of the separatists.
CORCAS representatives to this 24th session of the Council of Human Rights, namely Ms. Maouelainine and Ahmed Mghizlat, had a series of discussions with the delegations of missions accredited in Geneva and international NGOs.
They put particular emphasis on the Moroccan autonomy proposal describing it a choice that preserves the sovereignty and integrity of the Kingdom by giving the people of the Sahara all fundamental rights.
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