Two Italian NGOs Slam Forced Marriages, Denial of Rights in Tindouf camps | MAP

Two Italian womens’ rights organizations target Polisario practices and human rights abuses in the Tindouf camps:

MAP logoTwo Italian NGOs on Monday denounced, before the Human Rights Council, the forced marriages of young women and the persistent denial of fundamental rights of the populations held against their will in Tindouf camps, southwestern Algeria.

“In this desert area where people live in a total blackout, cases of early marriage under duress are common, and victims are often condemned to silence”, president of the association METE Onlus, Giorgia Butera, said.

She also warned the Geneva-based UN body of “an even more tragic situation that the international community can neither intervene nor be informed about the extent of the problem because of the acute shortage of data”.

During the same meeting, President of the Italian Protea Association for the protection of human rights, Sara Baresi, said the absence of a population census in Tindouf camps remains a source of concern to the international community.

“In Tindouf, we continue to receive reports about the existence of a system of indoctrination”, Baresi said.

She also noted that the infamous practices suffered by children and young people in Tindouf camps cause denaturation of their identity and early separation from their parents…[ORIGINAL STORY, SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED]

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