The OSPDH denounces the arbitrary executions of young people kidnapped in the Tindouf camps


The Sahara Observatory for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (OSPDH) denounced the arbitrary executions of young people kidnapped in the Tindouf camps.

In a press release sent to MAP on Saturday, the OSPDH condemned these abuses which violate the right to life of the population of the Tindouf camps, holding the Algerian state and the leaders of the Polisario responsible for these crimes.

In total disregard of the fears expressed by international organizations and in UN reports, including that of the Secretary General of the United Nations, regarding the recurrence of these crimes, the Algerian forces deliberately executed three young civilians sequestered in the Tindouf camps, from from the Dakhla camp, near the “Ghar Ajbilat” mining site, south of Tindouf.

The Observatory called for the perpetrators of these violations to be brought to justice, in accordance with international human rights law and international humanitarian law, based on the fact that these crimes cannot be subject to statute of limitations.

The OSPDH also urged Algeria to carry out an urgent and impartial investigation to shed light on the circumstances of these crimes and establish responsibilities.

The cases of assassinations committed by the Algerian army against young people sequestered in the Tindouf camps who do not represent any risk or danger for public order and security unfortunately continue to be recorded, regretted the Observatory, stressing that these cases can be classified among the systematic murders which have persisted for several decades in the Tindouf camps.

The OSPDH assured that it had received several files from victims of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, perpetrated by the Algerian security forces against the populations sequestered in the Tindouf camps, specifying that the victims were killed by bullets or burned alive.

While recalling that the right to life is guaranteed by Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Observatory noted that the exceptional circumstances , including a state of war, the threat of war, internal political instability or any other emergency situation, cannot be invoked to justify extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

The OSPDH deplored that the Algerian state authorities continue to carry out executions without any judicial or legal procedure, noting that the Algerian state, under international law, is required to investigate abuses and the arbitrary executions committed against young people in the Tindouf camps.

Any failure on the part of Algeria to investigate these executions constitutes a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, he argued.

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