UNHRC Castigates Algeria Over The Murder Of Two Saharawi Gold Miners In Tindouf

UNHRC Castigates Algeria Over The Murder Of Two Saharawi Gold Miners In Tindouf

Algeria's responsibility for the human rights violations committed in the Tindouf camps and in particular the murder of two Sahrawi gold miners burned alive on October 20, 2020 is now established. The letter sent on January 7, 2021 by the special rapporteurs of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Algerian government takes up the essence of the grievances brought by the families of the victims against the Algerian government.

Following the complaint lodged by an NGO with the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, this urgent communication made public was sent to Algeria by the OHCHR (High Commissioner for Human Rights).

In a new and firm UN language which takes up the essence of the grievances brought by the families of the victims against the Algerian government, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, the special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and the special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment declared that "the violations seem to be part of a more general trend of systematic violations committed by the Algerian security forces against Sahrawi refugees" ...

While stressing that "the families of the Sahrawi refugees fear reprisals due to the excessive use of force by the Algerian security forces" (...) and that "Algeria must investigate the abuses and violations of human rights in the Tindouf camps, because the alleged abuses took place on Algerian territory and therefore come under its territorial jurisdiction ”.

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