11 April 2014

Western Sahara: Aminatou Haidar Concludes Her Visit to United States

Washington — Saharawi activist Mrs. Aminatou Haidar concluded Thursday evening her visit to the United States of America, where she visited several states and informed the public opinion about Morocco's gross violation of human rights in Western Sahara.

At the end of her 18-day visit, the activist met with Eric Goldstein, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division.

During this meeting, Aminatou Haidar spoke about the condition of Saharawi political prisoners and the repression carried out by Moroccan occupying authorities against Saharawi demonstrators, who peacefully demand the respect for human rights, release of Saharawi political detainees, stop pillaging of Western Sahara's natural resources and remove the Moroccan wall of shame.

After she described as propaganda what Morocco promotes as an abolishment of military trials, the Saharawi activist noted that there are still Saharawi prisoners incarcerated in Sale Jail, after being judged in military court.

She called on Amnesty International to intensify its visits to the occupied Saharawi territories so to assess at first hand the heinous abuses Morocco carries out against the Saharawi people.

When in the states of Washington, New York and Minnesota, the activist was able to meet with members of the U.S. Congress and House of Representative, officials in the U.S. Department of State, White House and the National Security Council.

She also held talks with Mr. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant UN Secretary-General for Human Rights, Dr. Joy Ogwu, current president of the Security Council and permanent representative of Nigeria to the UN, in additions to heads of various diplomatic missions in the UN.

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