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Morocco FM Calls Western Sahara Talks "Humanitarian," Cites Ban Ki-moon, Syria
Martes, 20 de Marzo de 2012 02:23
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By Matthew Russell Lee

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Call for UN Human Rights Mechanism in Western Sahara
Martes, 20 de Marzo de 2012 02:14
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14th of March 2012

In anticipation of the Security Council review of the mandate of the United Mission on the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) and the Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA), call upon United Nations Secretary General, UN Human Rights Chief, and Members of the UN Security Council to establish of a permanent and impartial United Nations mechanism to monitor and report on rule of law and human rights issues in Western Sahara and in the Sahrawi refugee camps, within MINURSO and under the auspices of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Source: JFK Centre

Christopher Ross' Statement on Western Sahara Informal Meeting on Western Sahara
Martes, 20 de Marzo de 2012 02:07
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11 – 13 March 2012, Greentree, Long Island

At the invitation of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Western Sahara, Mr. Christopher Ross, delegations from the Kingdom of Morocco and the Frente Polisario participated in a new round of informal talks at Greentree, Long Island, from 11 to 13 March 2012. The discussions took place in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1979. Delegations from the neighboring states, Algeria and Mauritania, were also present at the opening and closing sessions, and during the discussion of the Confidence Building Measures. As was the case in the previous informal meetings, the discussions took place in an atmosphere of serious engagement, frankness, and mutual respect.

In order to find a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, the parties continued to deepen the discussion on their respective proposals. Each party continued to reject the proposal of the other as the sole basis for future negotiations, while reiterating their willingness to work together to reach a solution in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations.


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L’ONU interpelle le Maroc sur la torture
Miércoles, 14 de Marzo de 2012 03:10
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La torture est toujours d’actualité au pays du Makhzen, si l’on en juge par le contenu du dernier rapport du comité des Nations unies contre la torture, dans lequel il appelle le Maroc à prendre des mesures “urgentes et concrètes” pour prévenir ces agissements.

Le comité des Nations unies contre la torture a appelé, dans un récent rapport contre la torture au Sahara Occidental rendu public à Genève, l'État marocain à prendre des mesures “urgentes et concrètes” pour prévenir les actes de torture et les mauvais traitements à l'encontre des Sahraouis. “L'État (Maroc) devrait prendre d'urgence des mesures concrètes pour prévenir les actes de torture et les mauvais traitements” à l'encontre des prisonniers et des civils sahraouis, lit-on dans le rapport qui contient aussi les observations finales du comité onusien sur le dernier rapport périodique du Maroc, remis en novembre 2011, au Conseil des droits de l'Homme à Genève. Le comité a recommandé, également, au Maroc de mettre en place une politique de nature à produire “des résultats mesurables” par rapport à “l'objectif d'éliminer tout acte de torture et tout mauvais traitement de la part des agents de l'État (marocain)”.


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Morocco & U.S agree to cement ties, share view on W. Sahara
Lunes, 27 de Febrero de 2012 14:21
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The Kingdom of Morocco and the United States agreed Sunday to strengthen cooperation in all domains and coordination of political stances.
Addressing a joint press forum with visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here, Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani said: “We have agreed to enhance the friendly exchanges between the businesspeople from both sides.” “The two countries enjoy strong ties that kept growing over the last years thanks to the signed deals on economic cooperation and trade liberalization,” Al-Othmani noted

On her part, Clinton said she is concluding tonight a tour of the Arab Maghreb countries that started with Tunisia on Friday before proceeding to Algeria. The United States will continue backing the efforts to reach a peaceful, permanent and mutually-acceptable solution to the dispute over the status of the Western Sahara, she said. (See video below)

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