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Violencia disciminatoria contra los hijos de Aminetu Haidar
Miércoles, 11 de Julio de 2012 08:16
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(2012-07-08) Los menores saharauis Hayat Elgasmi y Mohamed Elgasmi que iban acompañados por una joven saharaui Bteina Busoula de 21 años de edad fueron agredidos por una ciudadana marroquí que iba acompañada por su hijo en un autobús de la empresa Supratour, cuando este hizo una parada de descanso para que los viajeros puedan cenar en un restaurante en la ciudad marroquí de Tiznit.
La joven Bteina, apodada Kueiria que acompañaba a los menores explicó que fue sorprendentemente atacada por la ciudadana marroquí y otros familiares que la despedían en la parada que hacía el autobús en un restaurante donde cenaban los viajeros. La joven y los menores recibieron varios golpes en la cara y la cabeza por la mujer marroquí y otros ciudadanos que la acompañaban y que se unieron a ella para agredir a los saharauis. Si no fuera por la intervención de otras personas y los responsables del autobús, dice Bteian le hubieran hecho graves daños junto a los menores que iban con ella. El rostro de la joven y los menores tienen signos de haber recibido golpes por la cara con moratones que se ven en su rostro y ojos. Los menores y la joven fueron evacuados por la policía a un hospital para atender sus heridas y diagnosticar la gravedad de estas.
La madre de los menores al enterarse de la agresión que sufrieron sus hijos se personalizó ante la sede de la policía de seguridad marroquí en la ciudad de El Aaiun y presentó una denuncia por la agresión que ha sufrido sus hijos y la joven saharaui que les acompañaba.
El comité saharaui de derechos humanos CODESA, denuncia y rechaza este tipo de agresiones contra los ciudadanos saharauis y en especial contra los menores Hayata Elgasmi, su hermano Mohamed y la estudiante saharaui Bteina y responsabiliza al Estado marroquí por la situación de agresión que sufrieron los saharauis que fueron agredidos por marroquíes.

RFK Center Condemns Brutal Attack of Human Rights Defender’s Children in Western Sahara

(2012-07-10) The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) expresses deep concern for the welfare and safety of the children of human rights defender Aminatou Haidar, who were beaten by unidentified assailants on July 8. The RFK Center demands a full investigation into this unlawful assault of minors and will continue to stand with Ms. Haidar in her peaceful efforts to protect the rights of the Sahrawi people living under Moroccan occupation in Western Sahara.

Hayat Al-Gasmi, 17, and Mohamed Al-Gasmi, 13, were physically attacked while riding a bus from Agadir, Morocco to El Aiun, Western Sahara. According to reports, once it was learned that Hayat and Mohamed were the children of Ms. Haidar, Moroccan passengers began yelling racial taunts and eventually became violent. Both children sustained wounds consistent with extensive head injuries including bloody noses, swollen eyes, bruises, and blurred vision.

"Moroccan authorities have an obligation to protect Sahrawi people under their jurisdiction and to investigate and prosecute the individuals responsible for these actions," said Santiago Canton, Director of the RFK Partners for Human Rights. "Morocco must also take all necessary measures, including passing legislation and implementing public policies, to stop violence against Sahrawi children."

Sunday's attack is part of a larger pattern of abuses against Sahrawi children, which have been provoked by racist media coverage. Last year, Mohamed was harassed by Moroccan police, who threatened to rape him. Mohamed was among dozens of children who were arbitrarily detained, were subjected to inhumane treatment, or were tortured by Moroccan security forces. The Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA) filed claims on behalf of many of the children before the Moroccan National Human Rights Council. To date, there has been no investigation into any of the incidents.

Background:

Western Sahara, also known as "Africa’s Last Colony," is a territory occupied by the Moroccan government.

The human rights of the native people of Western Sahara – the Sahrawi – are persistently violated, and those who advocate for self-determination are denied their freedom of assembly.

Ms. Haidar, also known as the "Sahrawi Gandhi," is the 2008 RFK Human Rights Award Laureate and President of the Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA). As a result of her non-violent human rights advocacy, she has been threatened, harassed, beaten, tortured, and even expelled from Morocco. However, this incident marks the first time that her children have been physically harmed.

For more information, go to: http://rfkcenter.org/aminatou-haidar

Contact:
Cate Urban, Communications
Email: urban@rfkcenter.org
Tel: 202-463-7575 X234
Mob: 443-417-0701