The organization: “The Tindouf camps are experiencing unprecedented chaos”

A non-governmental organization, based in Geneva, has alerted the international community to the fact that the Tindouf camps, in the south-west of Algeria, have been experiencing legal chaos for almost five decades without precedent in the history of the camps. refugees, where thousands of Sahrawis live in inhumane conditions in tents or mud houses, depending mainly on international aid.

The organization for economic and social development said during its intervention during the general debate on the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, within the framework of the 55th session of the Human Rights Council which took place holds in Geneva, that Algeria still refuses to recognize the inhabitants of the Tindouf camps as refugees, and to grant them the resulting rights, in accordance with its commitments arising from its ratification of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees. “It remains that refugees are without refugee cards, without census, living in camps of a military nature contrary to the Geneva Convention relating to the status of refugees, which stipulates the need to maintain the civilian character of the camps”.

She stressed that the Polisario Front continues to manage the camps instead of the host country, Algeria, in violation of international law and far from the eyes of international supervision, because “monitoring operations are at best intermittent or partial and do not cannot fully reveal the systematic pattern of serious human rights violations committed against camp residents.

The organization also warned in the speech given by human rights activist Aïcha El-Douihi against the inability of the “United Nations special procedures” mechanism to visit the Tindouf camps despite our recommendations in this regard. through our reports submitted during his visit to the host country, Algeria”.

She concluded by calling on the High Commissioner for Human Rights “to send technical missions to the Tindouf camps, in southwest Algeria, to investigate the serious violations and abuses occurring there. , as well as on the recurrence of acts of violence and the frightening absence of security, particularly after the return of the Polisario Front to arms”.

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