Western Sahara: Ex Pinochetist defames the Sahrawan people with fake news

In mid-December, some Argentine media published a statement released by Juan Carlos Moraga Duque, who is presenting himself as president of the “re-founding” of the NGO Human Rights Without Borders.

The statement says that Moraga Duque participated in a meeting with Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Línea Fundadora in Buenos Aires, and that there he accused the Polisario Front that governs Western Sahara of using “torture” and “political persecution.”

It is a crude operation of disinformation by a nefarious character who operates at the behest of the Moroccan crown, to try to delegitimize the just struggle of the Sahrawi people against the Moroccan occupation of their country and for their self-determination.

In the first place, the supposed meeting with Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Línea Fundadora never took place, as reported by its president, Nora Cortiñas.

Second, the supposed NGO Human Rights Without Borders does not exist but virtually and isnot recognized by the human rights institutions and movements of Latin America.

Finally, Juan Carlos Moraga Duque himself is very far from being able to present himself as a representative of human rights. He was a collaborator of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, his party supported the Pinochet regime in the 1988 plebiscite and later nominated Pablo Rodríguez Grez, founder of the far-right movement Patria y Libertad, as its presidential candidate, after having been one of the main promoters of the 1073 coup.

The fake news unfortunately spread by some Argentine media is a maneuver by Morocco and its employee Moraga Duque to try to discredit the Saharawi struggle and justify the bloody Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.

It is the Kingdom of Morocco that violates the human rights of the Sahrawi people on a daily basis, persecuting, torturing, murdering and disappearing people in the occupied territories and dispossessing and plundering the entire Sahrawi people of their territory and resources.

From the International Socialist League, we repudiate the actions of Moraga Duque and the Kingdom of Morocco and reaffirm our international campaign to support the Saharawi struggle against the Moroccan occupation and in support of the self-determination of its people.