2 March 2013

Western Sahara: Argentine Parliament Approves Motion Condemning Martial Trial of Gdeim Izik Group

Buenos Aires — Argentine Parliament has approved a motion, in which it condemned the martial trial of Gdeim Izik detainees and called for the prompt release of the group and all the Saharawi political prisoners in Moroccan jails.

The motion considered that the trial is devoid of integrity and does not contain elements of a fair trial, adding that adopting pictures of Sahrawi activists and human rights defenders in the Saharawi refugee camps within incriminating evidence illustrate clearly that it is a political trial of advocators of the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence, not for alleged crimes committed by Saharawi activists.

It also condemned the gross violations of human rights perpetrated by Moroccan state in occupied Saharawi territories, adding that this happens in the absence of a UN mechanism to monitor and protect human rights, pending the final solution to the Western Sahara conflict which provides for the decolonization and exercise by the Saharawi people to their right to self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions.

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