May 16, 2022

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The population of the Tindouf camps is a trade for Algeria and the Polisario Front

Omar Zniber : La population des camps de Tindouf, un fonds de commerce pour l

The Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco in Geneva, Omar Zniber, before the Standing Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, denounced Algeria and the Polisario’s exploitation of the plight of the residents of the Tindouf camps, which they use as a tool. A company to perpetuate the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara.

Mr. Zniber questioned Algeria’s entire responsibility for the continued suffering of the camp’s residents, denouncing the delegation of powers by the authorities of this country to Tindouf in favor of an armed separatist group.

He referred to Algeria’s insistence on refusing to register and census the population of the mentioned camps, in violation of the rules and principles of international law.

The ambassador pointed out that “the reality of the population in the Tindouf camps contradicts the principles established to protect this group, because they are victims of persecution and ill-treatment there,” noting that delegating the powers of managing these camps to the separatist military elements that control these camps “exacerbate the isolation of the population, and thus prevent them from voluntarily returning to their countries of origin.

He also drew attention to “the worrying conditions in the Tindouf camps, in particular the isolation of the population, its dependence on aid, the recruitment of children into armed militias, and the absence of human rights monitoring in the field.”

He pointed out that “the number of camp residents is nothing but goodwill for the Algerian regime, which uses its plight as a pretext to prolong the dispute over the Sahara and as a card to request international assistance.”

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Regarding the false numbers presented by the Algerian regime, they only aim to inflate the population of the camps to continue diverting aid to the black market, as confirmed by the report of the European Union Anti-fraud Office and other relevant authorities. International reports, the ambassador added.