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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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http://rfkcenter.org/home-of-robert-f-kennedy-human-rights-award-laureate-aminatou-haidar-is-attacked-disturbing-reports-of-police-brutality-against-peaceful-protesters-in-western-sahara-2


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