국제엠네스티는 모로코당국에 사라위(Sahrawi) 농성장 밖에서 14세 아동이 검문소 측이 발사한 총에 맞고 사망한 사건에 대하여 당장 조사에 착수 할 것을 요청했다.
살해당한 알-나겜 알-콰르히(Al-Nagem Al-Qarhi)의 가족에 의하면 지난 10월 24일 모로코 정부에 경제적 소외를 중단할 것을 중단할 것을 요구 중이던 사라위 농성장소로 음식을 가지고 운전해 들어가던 중 모로코 군인이 쏜 총에 맞아 사망했다고 한다.
모로코 내무부는 차량이 “검문소를 공격” 했으며 다른 차량이 검문소를 향해 총을 발사했다고 밝혔다. 차량에 같이 탑승하고 있던 다른 승객들 또한 부상을 입었으며 이들은 군 병원으로 옮겨졌다. 그곳에서 이들은 침대에 수갑으로 묶인 체 치료 받았으며 이중 한 명은 구금 중이고 두 명은 조사를 위해 소환되었다.
국제앰네스티는 이에 관련해 “경악을 금치 못하게 만드는 이 사건의 전말에 대하여 투명하고 신속하게 조사해야 한다. 모로코는 사라위 시위대에로 유입되는 물자를 차단하기 위해 총기사용에 관련한 유엔 기준을 지키지 않거나 과도한 무력사용이 사용됐는지에 대한 조사도 이루어져야 한다”고 밝혔다.
MOROCCO MUST INVESTIGATE KILLING OF 14-YEAR OLD SAHRAWI AT PROTEST SITE
26 October 2010Amnesty International is calling on the Moroccan authorities to immediately investigate the fatal checkpoint shooting of a 14-year old boy outside a camp set up by Sahrawi protestors.
According to his relatives, Al-Nagem Al-Qarhi was shot dead on 24 October by Moroccan military officers, while in a car bringing supplies to a camp set up by Sahrawi protesters demanding an end to their economic marginalization by the Moroccan government.“The disturbing details of this killing that must be investigated immediately and transparently”, said Amnesty International. “Morocco needs to show that it has not violated UN standards on the use of firearms, or used excessive force as it chokes off access, supplies and communications to the Sahrawi protest camp.”
Al-Nagem died almost immediately after being shot in the kidney at close range by Moroccan military forces as he sat in a car with six others at a checkpoint, the victim’s sister Sayida has told Amnesty International.
The Moroccan Ministry of Interior has claimed that the car “attacked a checkpoint”, and that the checkpoint was fired on, but from another vehicle. Family members say the passengers were seated when they were shot, and that they were bringing supplies to relatives living in the protest camp.
The other passengers in the car with Al-Nagem were also injured in the shooting, and then beaten by Moroccan police, according to Sayida’s testimony. The surviving victims were transferred to a military hospital in the nearby city of Laayoune, where they were found handcuffed to their beds when family members visited them the next day. One has since been detained, and two taken in for questioning. According to his family, Al-Nagem was buried the next evening by the Moroccan authorities, who have refused to allow his mother and siblings to see the body or tell them the location of the burial site.
The Moroccan military has kept a heavy presence around the camp, established on 10 October by Sahrawis who left the city of Laayoune and other Western Sahara cities en masse to demand improved job opportunities and housing.
Today a group of about ten Spanish journalists were prevented from entering the camp by the police. Last week, Moroccan officials are reported to have used batons and teargas to prevent over a hundred people travelling in cars from reaching the camp with supplies.
Amnesty International has called for the respect of Sahrawi protesters’ right to freedom of assembly and warned that no excessive force should be used to disperse protestors, in a letter addressed last week to the Moroccan Minister of Interior.
Since 10 October 2010, thousands of Sahrawis have collectively left Laayoune to set up a camp in the desert about 10-13 kilometres east of the city. Some Sahrawi human rights defenders say that the camp population has reached the tens of thousands; official sources reported that there were 5,000 people last week in the camp.
Western Sahara is a territory contested between Morocco, which annexed it 1975, and the Polisario Front, which calls for its independence and runs a self-declared government in exile in the Tindouf refugee camps in Algeria.