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Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Monday's newspapers in Morocco lashed out at the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on its recent regional mission to Morocco, Algeria and the Polisario-run Tindouf camps, (southwetsren Algeria), dubbing it "biased" and "surprising".

The French-speaking daily "Le Matin du Sahara et du Maghreb" describes the report as "surprising", "biased" and "unfair", with a political character in contradiction with the mission reason.
 
The daily notes that Christophe Giraud, the Swiss president of the mission dispatched, last May, by OHCHR "was reappointed to other duties" and "he was thus unaware of the final report, inspired by an invisible hand."
 
For the daily, this “invisible hand” cannot be but that of Algeria, which has benefited from the complicity inside the commission so that the report be the most possibly in favor of the theses of the enemies of territorial integrity. 
 
Echoing it, "Al Bayane" criticized the report which, it said, overlooks the obvious human rights violations inflicted on the Sahrawi people held against their will by the Polisario separatists in those camps, as was evidenced by independent NGOs for several years. The document, it added, is completely in contradiction with the mission assigned to the OHCHR, which consists in highlighting the truth on the situation of the populations in Morocco's Southern Provinces (Sahara) and in the camps controlled by the Algerian-backed separatist movement Polisario. The latter lays claims to the former Spanish colony that the North African kingdom regained in 1975 under the Madrid Accords.
 
The report is "unacceptable from an organization supposed to report the facts as they are on the ground and not make up a report whose only objective is to condemn Morocco while overlooking the atrocities perpetrated, for over 30 years, by the Polisario and its patron Algeria against the Sahara populations," Al Bayane went on. 
 
Other newspapers as "Liberation", "Rissalat Al Oumma", "Assahra Al Maghribia" also rejected the OHCHR document considering it "out of context and not in conformity with the objective," of the mission. "It has not respected Morocco's rights, nor those of the people tortured in Tindouf camps, and seems to give its blessing to the torture perpetrated against the prisoners in those camps."
 
In a letter to HCHR, Louise Arbour, Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Benaissa said “the government of Morocco acquiesces neither the tenor, fundamentally biased of this report, nor its approach overtly indulgent towards the other parties [Algeria and the Polisario], nor the recommendations fundamentally political and in discrepancy with the overall sequence of this mission.” 
 
The letter describes as “premature” the recommendations of the mission as it remained an un-accomplished mission. These recommendations are inappropriate as long as the additional probes required in the camps have not yet been carried out, and as long as Algiers persists in rejecting its international responsibility for the violations of the international humanitarian law committed on its soil, it read.

 

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