The president of the Sahrawi Association for the Defense of Human Rights (ASADEDH), Ramdan Mesaud Larbi, wanted to clarify certain points after a slanderous article in the Iberian press which ascribes to this association a supposed “extra humanitarian agenda”.
The association in question has been fighting for many years before the Spanish courts for the rights of the Sahrawi victims of the Polisario militia.
There are hundreds of families and people left behind, tortured and wounded by the separatist militia, whose members continue to live unpunished to this day, as is Brahim Ghali, the current head of the organization, who weighs heavily on forced disappearances, torture, rape. , war crimes and even genocide.
In response to an article by El Pais attributing “extra humanitarian” activities to the ASADEDH association, its chairman published a “clarification”.
“Attempting to discredit the activities of the Sahrawi Association for the Defense of Human Rights (ASADEDH), which I have the honor to lead, to add extrahumanitarian agendas, does not hold water for a number of reasons.”he argued.
‘All Sahrawis have no doubt that the leaders of the Polisario Front, with very few exceptions, have seriously, repeatedly and systematically violated human rights since the movement’s establishment in the mid-1970s, leaving a trail of corpses, disappearances and mutilations ”said the activist.
And to add that it is an open secret that has been recognized and accepted by the defendants themselves on several occasions, confirming that the association ASADEDH has fought since its inception so that these crimes do not go unpunished.
Mesud Larbi recalls “firm conviction (of the association) to prioritize human rights over any other form of political or social consideration” and emphasizes the pride of having been able to give a voice to hundreds of “forgotten victims of the conflict” around the Sahara and “Who are the victims of Polisario”.
For the association, this truth is still taboo, until today for “the whole society, and especially for those who show solidarity with the polisario and those who share its goals”.
The president of ASADEDH also returned to the “Ghali affair”, which was made public in March 2021 following the illegal entry of the leader of the Polisario into Spain under a false Algerian identity. A diplomatic passport under the name Mohamed Benbattouche, which was given to him by Algeria for crossing the Spanish borders without being checked and not answering for his actions before the Spanish court.
He explains that the case concerns specific individuals, including Brahim Ghali, and is therefore not a political issue, but a human rights issue. Because Brahim Ghali had been prosecuted in Spain since December 2007 and he was not the only one prosecuted in this case. Among the accused are Algerian politicians, security agents and officials.
“It should be noted that at that time, Ghali had not yet assumed the highest responsibility within the police arena and that his predecessor, Mohamed Abdelaziz, was not among the accused.”he said, blocking the way for journalistic extrapolations, which meant that if the affair of Brahim Ghali’s arrival in Spain was so resounding, it was because he was the leader of the militia separatist.
The association finally explains that “Throughout the process, we acted transparently based on the victims’ testimonies and the forensic analyzes that confirmed the abuses and humiliations we have suffered.”
To conclude “the courts have always put forward + formal + reasons for adjourning or dismissing the case and have never denied the facts”.