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UN Security Council Pushes Saharawi People To Resume War To Gain Their Freedom
Viernes, 04 de Mayo de 2012 10:02
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April 28, 2012 By Malainin Lakhal

The Security Council’s resolution 2044 adopted Tuesday 24 of April 2012 is an exact duplicate of the previous resolution 1979 adopted last year, with the only difference in mentioning few events that took place after the adoption of the last one, especially the organization of a seminar in Madera and reported progress in the implementation of the family visit exchange programme..etc.

The resolution, like the previous one, superficially touched the main question of current debate and concern: The serious human rights violations by Morocco in Western Sahara. Worse, the Security Council member states simply used the same paragraph used in last year’s resolution without changing a coma, which means that they opted for maintaining the status quo, and want to give Morocco another opportunity to keep up with what it is already doing: violating Saharawi people’s civil, political, social and economic rights with the benediction and protection of France.

South Africa, on behalf of African countries, has rightly denounced the UN Security Council’s attitude, which was influenced by the position of France and the fact that Morocco is a member of the Council this year.

South African Ambassador, Baso Sangqu, said after the adoption of the new resolution that “it is an anomaly that MINURSO is one of the few UN (peacekeeping missions) that does not have a human rights mandate,” Sangqu said. “This double standard creates an impression that the Security Council does not give priority to the human rights of the people of Western Sahara.”

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Does this mean that the people of Western Sahara's fight for a referendum on self-determination is not peaceful?
Jueves, 26 de Abril de 2012 13:48
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WASHINGTON DC, April 20 -- The US is pushing for full freedom of movement for UN observers in Syria, but was apparently beaten to the initial punch by a resolution circulated to Security Council members by Russia on Friday morning.

Inner City Press went to the US State Department briefing and asked spokesperson Victoria Nuland about the Russian resolution, and to compare it on the issue of freedom of movement to a resolution the US is prepared to vote for which accepts surveillance of the UN Mission in Western Sahara by the Moroccan government.

Nuland replied that "I understood from my colleagues in New York, at the US Mission to the UN, that we are working off a single draft. I'm going to send you up to them."

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The Western Sahara: forgotten first source of the Arab Spring
Jueves, 26 de Abril de 2012 12:32
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It's time the US and the UN stopped looking the other way while the west's ally Morocco occupies and abuses the Sarahawis

The Arab Spring began in the Western Sahara. In late 2010, the indigenous Saharawi population of this territory demonstrated against the occupying Moroccan authorities. Their demonstrations were violently put down. Eleven Saharawis were killed.

But this is one part of the Arab Spring that western governments don't want to talk about. And their silence, and the UN's complicity in it, is why that repression continues, and a terrible injustice is perpetuated.

Western Sahara was invaded by Morocco in 1975. Its indigenous population was, in contemporary parlance, ethnically cleansed. Around 150,000 of those driven out remain in isolated refugee camps in the Algerian Sahara: in tents, in the middle of the desert (I have been there; it is grim). The Saharawis, fought back in a guerrilla war that lasted until a ceasefire in 1991. The centerpiece of that ceasefire, repeatedly endorsed by the UN and international community, was that there would be a referendum for the people of Western Sahara to decide the future of the territory, and in particular whether it would be a independent state.


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UN Security Council must include Human Rights component to MINURSO
Miércoles, 11 de Abril de 2012 10:23
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For over 37 years Western Sahara has been militarily occupied by Morocco. The occupation generated and still generates gross human rights violations committed by the Moroccan State against the Saharawi people in the occupied territories, while it forced more than 160.000 Saharawi to live since 1975 in refugee camps South-East Algeria in very dire conditions because of the harshness of the climate and the scares humanitarian aid.
The UN mission for the organization of a referendum in Western Sahara, MINURSO, was constituted and deployed in 1991 following the adoption by the UN Security Council of the UN-OAU Settlement Plan to end the last case of decolonization in Africa. Unfortunately, MINURSO was never mandated to monitor and protect human rights in the territory, and is thus the only UN peace-keeping mission without a human rights component.

All international human rights organisations, without exception, denounced gross human rights violations committed by the Moroccan State against the Saharawis. The Moroccan Consultative Human Rights Council itself recognized in a report in 2010 the accountability of the Moroccan army and different security corpses in flagrant crimes against humanity and war crimes, including the death of 115 Saharawi civilians in military bases under torture or because of barbarous conditions of imprisonment in secret detention camps.

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Finnish officials do not give recognition to Sahrawi ethnic background
Jueves, 29 de Marzo de 2012 15:00
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