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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights expresses outrage and extreme disappointment at the lack of inclusion of a human rights mechanism in the extended mandate of MINURSO

Washington, D.C. | April 28, 2015) Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Santiago A. Canton, Executive Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights, expressed outrage and extreme disappointment today following the decision of the Security Council to renew the mandate of United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for one year without including a human rights monitoring and reporting mechanism. They called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a mission to Western Sahara without delay.

“We have repeatedly called on the Security Council to extend the MINURSO mandate and apply human rights standards that have been similarly and internationally applied to every other peacekeeping mission since 1978,” said Kerry Kennedy. “It is shameful and inexcusable that after more than a generation of injustice and widely documented human rights abuses against the Sahrawi people, the international community refuses to take decisive action to monitor the situation. These abuses are taking place continually in Western Sahara, and it is now incumbent on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to periodically visit Western Sahara and publicly report on the situation.”

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Western Sahara peace process cannot remain indefinitely hostage Moroccan occupier blackmail (Boukhari)

New York, April 29, 2015 (SPS) – “The peace process in Western Sahara cannot remain indefinitely hostage of the blackmail of the Moroccan occupier,” stated Mr. Boukhari Ahmed, Polisario Front’s Representative to the UN, in press statement issued following the adoption by the Security Council of the Resolution 2218 on Western Sahara on Tuesday.

The diplomat underlined that maintaining the current status quo in Western Sahara “may lead to the collapse of the efforts of the United Nations and, consequently, to the unknown in a region that faces so many challenges.”

“The Frente Polisario calls upon the Security Council to fully assume the responsibilities that are his in ensuring full implementation of the mandate of MINURSO which remains that of holding a free and fair referendum to allow the Saharawi people to decide freely and peacefully their future,” said Mr. Boukhari Ahmed.

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UN Security Council extends peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara; no rights monitoring (foxnews.com)

The U.N. Security Council has approved keeping a small peacekeeping force in Western Sahara for another year but without the human rights monitoring mandate that residents have long demanded.

The territory held by Morocco is called Africa’s last remnant of a colonial past. The Polisario Front group wants independence for the mineral-rich former Spanish colony.

The mission in Western Sahara is the U.N.’s only peacekeeping force without a mandate to monitor human rights. Human rights groups say Morocco uses violence to stifle dissent.

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SADR President Mohamed Abdelaziz receives Gernika Award for Peace and Reconciliation

Gernika (Basque Region), April 26, 2015 (SPS) – The Gernika Award for Peace and Reconciliation for 2015 was presented on Sunday to the President of Parliament, Khatri Addouh, on behalf of the President of the Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, after a ceremony commemorating the 78th anniversary of the bombing of the city of Gernika.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Addouh said “this award shows that we are not alone in our struggle and reiterates the commitment of the Basque people to support the Saharawi people in the difficult moments of their struggle.”
“Morocco continues to occupy our country, violates systematically the human rights of Sahrawis, and frantically loots against international law our natural resources. Morocco is campaigning to continue to gain more time” lamented Mr. Addouh.

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Home of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureate Aminatou Haidar is attacked; disturbing reports of police brutality against peaceful protesters in Western Sahara (RFK Human Rights)

Washington, D.C. | April 17, 2015) Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Santiago A. Canton, Executive Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights, condemn the recent attacks by Morocco’s police force on the home of human rights defender Aminatou Haidar and other violence against peaceful protesters in El-Aaiun, Western Sahara. Ms. Haidar is the recipient of the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the President of the Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA).

“I am shocked and disturbed by reports of attacks against Sahrawi human rights defenders, including our partner Aminatou Haidar,” said Kerry Kennedy. “UN officials have witnessed these violations against the Sahrawi people firsthand and should strongly condemn this latest assault. The brazen actions of the Moroccan police demonstrate why accountability for human rights violations is urgently needed in Western Sahara.”

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Toy soldiers? Look again (CNN)

“The conflict in Western Sahara receives virtually zero coverage despite 2015 being the 40th anniversary of the outbreak of war there,” Thorpe said.

After a ceasefire in 1991, the people of Western Sahara have been living in a state of non-resolution. The people are split into two camps — those living in Moroccan-occupied territory, and those in refugee camps in Algeria.

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Fifteen basic FACTS you should know about the Western Sahara conflict

Any legal analysis of the question of Western Sahara should take into account several basic and objective facts or statements that must be the key to any consistent approach to the conflict according to the International Law. On the other hand, any approach that disregards these statements or basic facts could be clearly qualified as illegal according to the Law of the United Nations. Read the article in Full: http://www.sadr-emb-au.net/fifteen-basic-facts-you-should-know-about-the-conflict-of-western-sahara/