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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