THE SAHRAWI PEOPLE
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I SIGN THIS PETITION IN SOLIDARITY with the Sahrawi people who seek the ratification of the Independence Referendum put forth by the United Nations in 1992. I support the idea that the Western Sahara question is a matter pertaining exclusively to the recognition and implementation of the tenets put forward by the United Nations Letter on Decolonization. And as stated, the Sahrawi people possess the inalienable right to determine their own future.
WE, AS CITIZENS OF A UNITED GLOBAL COMMUNITY, agree that we are deeply concerned with the enormity of human rights violations that occur daily towards the Sahrawi people by the authority of the occupying government of Morocco. For 34 years, Morocco has illegally occupied the Western Sahara territories and has created a climate of fear and terror among the civil population by enacting serial acts of repression ranging from arbitrary detentions, imprisonment, torture, disappearances, murders, judgments without warrants, prohibition of assemblies or demonstrations, unlawful entries into homes and the persistent presence of the police and the army in the streets.
BECAUSE OF THE IGNORED PERSISTENCE OF THIS ILLEGAL CLIMATE OF FEAR AND REPRESSION:
-WE STATE THAT WE DENOUNCE the living conditions of the Sahrawi citizens in the occupied territories. WE INSIST on the cessation of all repression against the Sahrawi civil population, the unlawful judgments, the continuous violation of human rights on the part of the Moroccan government and the persecution of those who try to peacefully defend their own freedom and the independence of their people.
-WE DEMAND from the Kingdom of Morocco the immediate liberation of all Sahrawi political prisoners, the cessation of repression and tortures, and the unequivocal annulment of past and future illegal judgments made without legal warrants. In summation, we urge the end of the occupation in the Western Sahara territories.
-WE MAKE A CALL for an urgent and permanent presence of international observers and media in the Western Sahara as a safeguard that will respect the human rights of the Sahrawi population and will testify to the actual situation in the area.
-WE DEMAND the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Sahrawi people, and especially of their RIGHT to SELF DETERMINATION with the celebration of the enactment of a free, transparent and democratic Referendum of Liberation.
Scott S. Robinson, Peter Lamborn Wilson, John Hutnyk, Federico Guzmán, Robin Kahn, Kirby Gookin, Michael Taussig, María Ortega Estepa, Edi Escobar, Fernando Peraita, Barbara Ess, Bettina Semmer, Alphonso Lingis...
This Petition was penned May 2009 in High Falls NY at the occasion of The mini aaa Conference, a biennial meeting of cultural anthropologists reporting on the origins of power inequity and its impact on the present persistence of global Human Rights violations.
Mini triple aaa conference in High Falls, New York. May 2009.
A biennial meeting of anthropologists sharing their recent lines of work.
Participants in the conference in support of a FREE SAHARA.