OSPDH Condemns Arbitrary Executions of Young Civilians in Tindouf Camps

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

In a press release shared with Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP), the Observatory condemned these abuses that violate the population’s right to life in the Tindouf camps, holding the Algerian state and the leaders of the Polisario accountable.

The Algerian forces deliberately executed three young civilians sequestered in the Tindouf camps, disregarding the fears expressed by international organizations and the United Nations (UN) regarding the recurrence of these crimes.

In this regard, the Observatory called for the perpetrators of these violations to be brought to justice, in accordance with international humanitarian law, urging Algeria to carry out an urgent and impartial investigation to shed light on the circumstances of these crimes.

The series of assassinations committed by the Algerian army against young civilians sequestered in the Tindouf camps who do not represent any risk or danger to public order and security continue to occur, noted the Observatory.

In the same context, the Observatory revealed that it had received several files from victims of extrajudicial 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.

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

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

Any failure to investigate these executions by Ageria constitutes a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), concluded the Observatory.

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