Tindouf Camps: Military Recruitment of Children denounced in New York

“The recruitment of children in the Tindouf camps is one aspect of the systematic and repeated violations of human rights perpetrated on Algerian soil by the separatist movement”, underlined Aabidine El Ouali, president of African Forum for Research Studies in Human Rights. 

He noted that the involvement of children in armed conflicts by the “polisario” is a flagrant violation of international law and the Paris principles, noting that a number of non-governmental organizations and media have sounded the alarm against these practices which trample on the most basic rights of children. 

At a young age, these children are subjected to indoctrination in military centers and exposed to the harmful ideology of hatred and violence, he denounced, stressing that it is time for the international community to take action to put an end to these criminal practices and hold the parties involved in these despicable acts accountable.

He stated that Algeria is the main party responsible for these violations perpetrated on its territory by a separatist group that it shelters, finances and arms, stressing that the Tindouf camps constitute the epicenter of child soldiers. Such abuses cannot be tolerated, he said. 

El Ouali also called for allowing the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to carry out the registration and census of the populations of the Tindouf camps.

The military recruitment by the armed separatist group "polisario" of children in the Tindouf camps in southwest Algeria was strongly denounced during the ordinary session of the UN Committee of 24 which takes place from June 11 to 21 in New York.

13 June 2024
United Nations