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Western Sahara: It is time for MINURSO to add human rights to its mandate

The UN peacekeeping force has monitored a ceasefire in the Western Sahara since 1991 between Morocco and the Polisario Front, the liberation movement seeking independence for the indigenous Saharawis. But unlike similar missions elsewhere, it is not charged with monitoring human rights, something the Saharawis and international human rights organisations and activists have advocated for years.

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Aminatu Haidar: Human Rights violations continue unabated since April 2013 when no monitoring mechanism was added to MINURSO mandate!

Aminatu Haidar: Human Rights violations continue unabated since April 2013 when no monitoring mechanism was added to MINURSO mandate!

Justice for Africa’s Last Colony: The Struggle for Human Rights & Self-Determination in Western Sahara
Award winning activist Aminatou Haidar is known as the Sahrawi Gandhi for her peaceful advocacy for self-determination and human rights in Western Sahara despite her torture and imprisonment in Morocco’s prisons. She received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for “extraordinary courage and heroic leadership” and the Civil Courage Prize for “steadfast resistance to evil at great personal risk.”
In her lecture in Capitol Hills this Monday, Haidar called no US Congress to support Western Sahara Self determinaron And stressed the need to add a human rights monitoring mechanism to the mandate of the UN mission in the territory.

U.S. Oil Firm Creates Tension over Western Sahara (IPS)

Advocacy groups like the Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) contest the legality of foreign businesses, like Kosmos, working with the Moroccan government to exploit Western Saharan resources.

“Morocco is not willing to allow the people the right to self-determination today, and the oil industry is becoming an obstacle in terms of putting pressure in Morocco to accept that right,” Erik Hagen, WSRW’s chair, told IPS.

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Two years, two months and nine days in hell (DW)

Taki Elmachdoufi was released after serving a prison sentence in the Gdeim Izik case, a turning point for Sahrawis in the occupied Western Sahara. Here, he gives his account of torture and beatings in Moroccan custody.

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