The head of the African Union has urged the United Nations to add human rights monitoring to the tasks of its peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara.
The request came in a letter from African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A copy of the letter was seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
Zuma asked Ban to circulate the letter to the 15-nation Security Council, which is expected to vote on renewing the U.N. mission’s (MINURSO) mandate this month.
Zuma stressed “the need to provide MINURSO with a human rights mandate, and in this regard the AUPSC (AU Peace and Security Council) has requested the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to take appropriate steps to ensure sustained independent and impartial monitoring of human rights.”
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