HRC: War of Words between Rabat and Algiers in Geneva

cdhMorocco has described as “a broken record” Algeria’s statements bringing up over and over again the situation of human rights in the Moroccan Sahara and the self-determination of these very Sahrawis that it has been sequestering in the Tindouf camps on Algerian soil for 40 years and that it has been using as a bargaining chip
In response, last Friday, to statements made by Algerian diplomats before the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on these two issues, Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Omar Hilale, described the Algerian declarations as “a misleading attempt to deceive the HRC.”
“It is a broken record in Algeria’s discourse,” said the Moroccan diplomat, who affirmed that Algerian diplomacy suffers from an incurable schizophrenia when it comes to human rights. Algerians emphatically criticize the situation in neighboring countries instead of worrying about the serious violations taking place in their own country, he said.
The Algerian citizen does not even have the basic right to challenge the candidacy to a fourth term of an ailing president who has been practically paralyzed in a wheelchair for months.
Commenting on the two topics chosen by Algeria to fight its Moroccan neighbor, observers in Geneva noted that the Algerian regime has exposed itself to ridicule in its attempts to defend the self-determination of the Moroccan Sahrawis while it nipped in the egg all claims of the Kabyle populations, denying them this very same right to self-determination.
The Algerian regime’s caciques stand up to defend human rights everywhere except in Algeria, where they prohibit any peaceful demonstration.
Algerian diplomats asserted before the HRC that they want to protect human rights worldwide, including in Western Sahara, but they forgot to say a word about what is happening in Algeria, said the observers.
Under these conditions, Algeria, as pointed out by the Moroccan diplomat, is in no way entitled to request the HRC to monitor the situation of human rights in the Moroccan Sahara while Algeria itself remains closed to the mechanisms of the council.
The Algerian League of Human Rights itself has strongly denounced Algerian authorities for having confiscated the passports of Algerian human rights advocates to prevent them from going to Geneva to testify before the HRC about the violations and abuses in their country.

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