The Forum of Support for the Autonomists of Tindouf (Forsatin) launched this week an international campaign against the crimes of the Polisario. In a Facebook post, Forsatin highlighted the “alarming” human rights situation in the sequestered camps in Algeria, as well as the nature of the crimes and gross violations committed on Algerian territory, including the open-air prison camps of Tindouf.
Forsatin based his plea on a U.S. State Department report that “revealed the extent of abuses that occur in the camps and the restrictions on freedom of expression, and in various aspects of life, including the harassment of activists and opponents of the Polisario leadership.
The U.S. report mentions several crimes, namely “arbitrary arrests, abductions and systematic torture of activists. The report also refers to the execution of some young people because of their refusal to contribute to the armed struggle against Morocco, after they were transferred to secret detention centers, including prisons and underground caves, where they were subjected to various types of shameful torture.
The document “blamed the Algerian regime for the executions and illegal liquidation of the activists in question.
As an example, Forsatin cites the activist Hamdi Ali Salem, arrested and imprisoned for ten years. “He was transferred to solitary confinement, where he suffered such torture and spent ten years handcuffed and blindfolded” while “his cowardly jailers took turns tirelessly, to empty their hateful tribal” before he was “buried alive,” denounces the forum.