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The Sahrawi civil society Campaign against Morocco’s candidacy for UN HRC 2024

We call for global solidarity with the international campaign launched by Sahrawi civil society in response to Morocco’s candidacy for the presidency of the Human Rights Council.

Through this campaign, our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of fundamental rights.

A state that continues to occupy another country’s territory and commits the worst crimes, refusing to cooperate with the United Nations, cannot be exemplary in the field of human rights. ✅️

Our call aims to gather everyone who believes in the values of freedom and human rights to join us because a world without rights is simply a large prison depriving humanity of its freedom.

The letter from Saharawi Civil society is open for sign-on on a rolling basis by all organizations wishing to support the Saharawi civil society campaign until the election expected to be held in January 2024 on the presidency for the Human Rights Council.

The organizers of the campaign can be contacted at info@scs-campaign.ws

8 December 2023 / 8 January 2024

With its appalling human rights record and as a colonial occupier, Morocco Cannot Preside the UN Human Rights Council, Sahrawi Civil Society Urges 

Morocco’s appalling human rights record, including its colonial occupation of Western Sahara and its people, should exclude it from presiding the UN Human Rights Council, says Sahrawi civil society: “Allowing Rabat to hold the Council presidency is like putting the wolf in charge of the sheep.” 

As Morocco vies to hold the one-year presidency of the UN Human Rights Council, which oversees thousands of human rights complaints from all over the world, civil society from Western Sahara is urging the Council to reject Rabat’s candidacy, pointing to Morocco’s deteriorating human rights record, occupation and colonization of their homeland, failure to cooperate with the UN mechanisms and its targeting and harassment of human rights defenders, journalists and others for their cooperation with the UN.  

Morocco fundamentally fails to meet and uphold the human rights standard required for members of the Human Rights Council (ISHR, 2022). Since becoming a member in 2022, Morocco has stepped up its harassment of journalists and critics and continues to detain and subject journalists, bloggers, and human rights defenders to unfair trials. Freedom of the press is suffering a slow and deliberate death in the country, symbolized by the persecution and imprisonment of journalists and described in Human Rights Watch´s “They´ll Get You No Matter What: Morocco´s Playbook to Crush Dissent”. The Melilla disaster of June 2022 when at least 37 migrants died at the hands of Moroccan police at the border with Spain, also revealed the politization of migrant lives by the Moroccan state and according to UN experts, “the status quo of the European Union’s borders, namely racialized exclusion and deadly violence deployed to keep out people of African and Middle Eastern descent, and other non-white populations”, a concern echoed by Amnesty International.  

The human rights and humanitarian crisis is even worse in the parts of Western Sahara placed under Moroccan occupation since 1975. Until this day, Morocco continues to deny the people of Western Sahara their right to self-determination; the very prerequisite and bedrock that all other human rights rest upon, openly defying UN Security Council resolutions that since the early 1990’s called for a referendum for the people of Western Sahara.  

Moroccan authorities continue to harass activists supporting Sahrawi self-determination, prevent gatherings and obstruct the work of local human rights nongovernmental organizations (Human Rights Watch, 2023) with the territory being a practical “news black hole” (Reporters Without Borders). For the last eight years, the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights has been prevented access, and compounded by the systematic expulsion of international observers and denial of access for international organizations, the occupation is turning into a military human rights blackhole.  

On Western Sahara, UN experts continue to denounce the systematic and calculated nature of violations committed by the Moroccan State, stating that the violations comprise a concentrated effort to intimidate and to deter human rights defenders in Western Sahara from exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association, and to retaliate against human rights defenders for their peaceful and legitimate activities, including membership in human rights organizations, information sharing, as well as dialogue with the UN. Morocco is also regularly included in the report of the UN Secretary General on reprisals (A/HRC/51/47), citing frequent acts of reprisals against activists who cooperate with the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.   

“A State attempting to obstruct dialogue with the UN, refusing to implement and follow recommendations from UN bodies and even publicly targeting UN experts, whilst punishing human rights defenders for their participation at the Human Rights Council, cannot be allowed to serve as its president. It will crush the very legitimacy that the Human Rights Council depends on to survive, leaving behind a people that has been placed under its occupation since 1975”, Saharawi civil society urges.

8 December 2023 / 8 January 2024

Signatures: 

  1. 12october Media Center
  2. A.A.P. S. Comarcal Campo De Gibraltar “Solidaridad”
  3. Aarasd94
  4. Acaps Anoia 
  5. Acaps (Asocición Canaria De Amistad Con El Pueblo Saharaui)
  6. Afapredesa
  7. Afaspa
  8. Agencia Valenciana De Salud
  9. Al Servicio De La República 
  10. Algargarat Media 
  11. Alimentando Sonrisas  
  12. Alouda Amigos Del Pueblo Saharaui Del Alto Aragón
  13. Alternativa Sindical Obrera Canaria
  14. Amigos Por Un Sahara Libre
  15. Antonio Gil Diaz
  16. Apf (Association Pour La Promotion De La Francophonie)
  17. Arab Committee For Solidarity With The Sahrawi Arab People
  18. Argentine Committee Of Solidarity With The Palestinian People
  19. Asaaurui/Associação De Solidariedade À Luta Péla Autodeterminação Do Povo Saraui 
  20. Asin (Asociación Saharaui En Navarra)
  21. Asoc Amigos Y Amigas De La Rasd De Alava
  22. Asociación Americana De Juristas 
  23. Asociación Amigos Del Pueblo Saharaui De Las Islas Baleares
  24. Asociación Aulad Sahara Murcia 
  25. Asociación Canaria De Solidaridad Con El Pueblo Saharaui 
  26. Asociación Civil Las Azucenas  Asociación Chilena De Amistad Con La Rasd
  27. Asociación Cultural De Inmigrantes Saharauis “Sáhara-Gasteiz “
  28. Asociación De Amistad Con El Pueblo Saharaui De Sevilla 
  29. Asociación De Amigos Del Pueblo Saharaui De Toledo
  30. Asociación Ecuatoriana De Amistad Con El Pueblo Saharaui (Aeaps) 
  31. Asociacion Escritores Por El Sahara Bubisher 
  32. Asociación Internacional De Juristas Por El Sáhara Occidental (Iajuws) Capítulo Ecuador
  33. Asociación Juvenil Colectivo Saharaui Lefrig
  34. Asociación Sáhara Libre Argentina
  35. Asociación Uruguaya De Amistad Con La República Saharaui 
  36. Asps Lorraine
  37. Asps-Association De Solidarité Avec Le Peuple Sahraoui
  38. Assocaition De Droit De L’homme Au Sahara Occidental
  39. Associação De Amizade Portugal Sahara Ocidental
  40. Associacio Catalana D’amics Del Poble Sahrauí De L’anoia
  41. Associates International – Translators & Interpreters 
  42. Asociación Chilena De Amistad Con La Rasd
  43. Association Culture Sahara 
  44. Asociación De Amistad Venezuela – Argelia
  45. Association D’amitié Avec Le Sahara Occidental En Midi Pyrénées
  46. Association De Droit De L Homme Au Sahara Occidental 
  47. Association De La Communauté Sahraouie De Gironde (A.C.S.G.)
  48. Association De La Communauté Sahraouie En France 
  49. Asociación Navarra Amigos Del Sáhara (Anas)  
  50. Asociación Mexicana De Amistad Con La República Árabe Saharaui Democrática A. C.
  51. Asociación Panameña Solidaria Con La Causa Saharaui, Apasocasa
  52. Association Des Sahraouis De France
  53. Association Des Sahraouis De La Vandée
  54. Association Des Sahraouis De Périgueux
  55. Association Des Sahraouis De Toulouse
  56. Association For Natural Resources Monitoring And For Environment Protection In Western Sahara (Aren)
  57. Association On Ne Peut Pas Applaudir D’une Seule Main
  58. Association Pour La Sauvegarde De L’environnement Du Sahara Occidental (Aseso)
  59. Association Sahraouie Bjaoui
  60. Association Sahraouie Caraso
  61. Association Sahraouie Des Victimes De Graves Violations Des Droits De L’homme Commises Par L’état Du Maroc (Asvdh)
  62. Association Sahraouie Fils Des Nuages
  63. Association Sahraouie La Khayma
  64. Asociación Cultural De Inmigrantes Saharauis”Sáhara-Gasteiz”
  65. Asociación Colectivo Saharaui En Guipúzcoa 
  66. Asociación Diáspora Saharaui En Bizkaia Disabi 
  67. Asociación Sidami Mujtar
  68. Asociación Saharauis En Arratia Amal 
  69. Asociacion Riojana De Amigos Y Amigas De La Rasd
  70. Association Dar Al Atfal Sidi Bernoussi 
  71. Association Pour Un Référendum Libre Et Régulier Au Sahara Occidental (Arso)
  72. Australia Western Sahara Association 
  73. Australian Unions For West Sahara 
  74. Bubisher
  75. Ceas Sáhara (Coordinadora Estatal Asociaciones Solidarias)
  76. Centre Thomas Sankara Pour La Libération Et L’unité Africaine
  77. Centro De Documentación En Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo Sj” (Csmm) 
  78. Colectivo La Mancha
  79. Comisión Nacional Saharaui De Derechos Humanos . Conasadh
  80. Comité Action Et Réflexion Pour L’avenir Du Sahara Occidental  
  81. Comité De Amistad Con El Pueblo Saharaui
  82. Comité De Défense Du Droit À L’autodétermination Du Peuple Du Sahara Occidental (Codapso) 
  83. Comité Des Mères De 15 – Sahraouis Enlevés Depuis Le 25 Decembre 2005
  84. Comité Des Familles Des Portés Disparus Sahraouis (Au Territoire Occupé).
  85. Comite Saharaui De Empleados Y Trabajadores Expulsadas Arbitrariamente Por El Estado Marroquí
  86. Comité Sahraoui Contre La Torture À Dakhla
  87. Comité Sahraoui Du Droits De L’homme Et Pour La Protection Des Ressources Naturelles À Boujdour
  88. Comité Sahraouie Pour La Défense De Droit De L’homme Smara Sahara Occidental (Csddhsso)
  89. Committee To Support The United Nations Settlement Plan And The Protection Of Natural Resources In Western Sahara
  90. Comunidade Saharauí En Galicia 
  91. Comunidad Saharaui En Aragón (A.C.S.A)
  92. Con El Sáhara Siempre
  93. Conasadh 
  94. Cosara
  95. Coordinator Of Sahrawi Women In Spain 
  96. Dabeekah Dance Troup Asociación Civil 
  97. Drib L9i3an Association
  98. El Mahyub 
  99. En Común
  100. Entre Dunas
  101. Equipe Media
  102. Escritores Insurgentes Y Defensores De Los Bienes Comunes Y Pueblos Originarios
  103. Fafesa (Forum Pour L’avenir De La Femme Sahraouie)
  104. Fandas, Federación Andaluza De Asociaciones Solidarias Con El Sahara 
  105. Fecap-Frente De Escritores Y Creadores Arte Y Palabra-Caracas,Venezuela
  106. Federació Acaps (Associacions Catalanes Amigues Del Poble Sahrauí)
  107. Federacion Saharaui De Deportes 
  108. Fédération Sahraouie De Sport
  109. Fedesaex- Federación De Asociaciones Amigas Del Pueblo Saharaui De Extremadura
  110. Fisahara
  111. Francisco Muchut
  112. Freedom Socialist Party – Australia And U.S. 
  113. Freedomsun Defenders
  114. Fundación Canaria La Colectiva 
  115. Fundación Para La Promoción De Los Derechos Humanos Y Justicia De Paz
  116. Fundal- Programa Ddhh 
  117. Fundación Sáhara Libre-Venezuela
  118. Generación De La Amistad, Grupo De Escritores Saharaui En El Exilio, (Asoc. Tifisqui) 
  119. Global Aktion – People And Planet Before Profit
  120. Hamadako Izarrak
  121. Hijas De Saguia Y El Río De Oro 
  122. Hijas Del Sáhara
  123. Hijos De Las Nubes
  124. Iei ( Internacional De Escritores Insurgentes )
  125. Imigrantes Sahrauis En Valencia 
  126. International Council Supporting Fair Trial & Human Rights
  127. International Platform Of Jurists For East Timor 
  128. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific
  129. Intersindical Solidària 
  130. Izquierda Unida
  131. Jaima Sahrawi 
  132. Juventud Activa Saharaui
  133. Komite Popular 
  134. L’association Sahraouie Pour La Protection Et La Diffusion De La Culture Et Le Patrimoine Sahroui
  135. La Coordinadora De Las Mujeres Saharauis En España
  136. La Internacional De Escritores Mexico.
  137. La Jaima De Tiris
  138. La Ligue Des Étudiants Et Des Jeunesses Sahraouis En France 
  139. La Ligue Pour La Protection Des Prisonniers Sahraouis Dans Les Prisons Marocaines (Lpps)
  140. La Luciernsga Comunicación 
  141. Lejse
  142. Liga Canaria De Educación Y Solidaridad 
  143. Liga Canaria De La Educación Y La Interculturalidad
  144. Ligua Femmes Sahraoui
  145. Ligue Des Femmes Sahraouies En France
  146. Ligue Des Jeunes Et Des Etudiants Sahraouis En France
  147. Lpese
  148. Maizirat Electronic Media Network
  149. Maksra (Asociación De Amigos Del Pueblo Saharaui De Segovia)
  150. Más Madrid Cercedilla
  151. Maspm
  152. Mesa De Cultura Poderes Creadores Del Pueblo 
  153. Milicia Territorial 
  154. Monadil
  155. Movimiento De Unidad Peronista 
  156. Mujeres De Negro Contra La Guerra.Ishbilya
  157. Mundubat Fundazioa
  158. Nomadshrc 
  159. Nova Western Sahara 
  160. Novact 
  161. Nushatta Foundation
  162. Observatoire Saharaoui Pour L’enfant Et La Femme (Osef)
  163. Observatorio Mundo Árabe 
  164. Organisation Sahraoui Dé Bordeaux 
  165. Organización De Mujeres De La Confederación Intersindical 
  166. Partido Comunista De La Argentina 
  167. Periódico Virginia Bolten
  168. Plataforma De Feminismo Popular De Venezuela 
  169. Plataforma Internacional De Mujeres Por El Sáhara Occidental
  170. Podemos Argentina 
  171. Por La Libertad Del Pueblo Saharaui 
  172. Red Ecosocial Saharaui
  173. Red Migrante De Tenerife
  174. Representación Estudiantil Relaciones Internacionales Del Itam  
  175. Resistance Studies Initiative, University Of Massachusetts, Amherst
  176. Rete Saharawi 
  177. Sahara Canarias La Concordia 
  178. Sahara N’est À Vendre
  179. Saharauische Diaspora In Deutschland 
  180. Saharawi Media Center 
  181. Saharawi Voice
  182. Saharawi Youth Vs Occupation (Syvo)
  183. Saharawis Today
  184. Sahrawi Committee For The Defense Of Human Rights In Western Sahara
  185. Saidi Abdol
  186. Sandblast
  187. Shifa
  188. Solidaridad Con Los Pueblos En Lucha 
  189. Solidarityrising 
  190. Stanley Group Home Inc. Llc
  191. Stec-Ic
  192. Stichting Zelfbeschikking West-Sahara
  193. The All African People’s Revolutionary Party
  194. The Collective Of Human Rights Defenders In Western Sahara (Codesa)
  195. The Committee Of Families Of The Gdeim Izik Prisoners 
  196. The Norwegian Support Committee For Western Sahara
  197. The Swedish Western Sahara Committee
  198. Uesrio, Students
  199. Ugtsario, Trade Union
  200. Ujsario
  201. Um Draiga
  202. Unaccc (Unidad De Naciones En Acción Del Consejo De Cambio Climático)
  203. Unms, Women
  204. Upes, Journalists And Writers
  205. We International Inc 
  206. Western Sahara Campaign Uk 
  207. Western Sahara Resource Watch
  208. Youth Union Of Sakia El Hamra And Wadi El Dahab Students

   

The Sahrawi civil society Campaign against Morocco’s candidacy for UN HRC 2024