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News Archive 2009
News Archive 2008



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Take Action for Human Rights Monitoring in Western Sahara
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Recent tragic events in Western Sahara demonstrate the urgent need for human rights monitoring. MINURSO, the UN mission in Western Sahara, is the only contemporary UN peacekeeping mission in the world without a mandate to monitor human rights. In April the UN will address the renewal of MINURSO's mandate - we must ACT NOW to make sure that this time human rights monitoring is included!
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Please write to the following before the end of February:  (in order of priority)

• Your representative to the UN
• Your Foreign Minister; for the UK this is Alistair Burt MP (If writing on behalf of an organisation. Individuals please write to your MP asking her/him to write on your behalf)
• The Current President of the Security Council - Brazil - (Please request that your letter is circulated to all members of the Security Council)
• UN Secretary General
• UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
• All Security Council members

Contact details below. Letters or faxes are best, but if you don’t have time please email.
For most impact we will ask to write again in April.

Key points:

• The recent violence in Western Sahara and the lack of transparency surrounding the events demonstrates an urgent need for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara.
• MINURSO remains the only contemporary peace-keeping mission without a mandate to monitor human rights.
• The UN is failing in its responsibility to protect the victims of this conflict.
• Human rights monitoring by MINURSO is essential to prevent further violence and instability.
• Ask:  What steps will they take to ensure that human rights monitoring is included in the MINURSO mandate?


For more information - MINURSO & Human Rights


UN Security Council Contact details

UK Mission to the UN
H.E. Sir Mark Lyall Grant
Permanent Representative of the UK to the United Nations
UK Mission to the UN
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
885 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
USA
Fax: +1(212) 745 9316
Email: uk@un.int

US Mission to the UN
H.E. Ms Susan E. Rice
Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations
United States Mission to the United Nations
140 East 45th Street
New York, N.Y. 10017
USA
Fax: +1(212) 415 4053
Email via online form: http://archive.usun.state.gov/Issues/Contact2.html

France
H.E. Mr Gérard Araud
Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations
245 East 47th Street 44th floor
New York, N.Y. 10017
USA
Fax:+1(212) 421.6889
Email: france@franceonu.org

China (President of the Security Council - March)
H.E. Mr. Zhang Yesui
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations
350 East 35th Street
New York, NY 10016
USA
Fax: +1(212) 634 7626
E-mail: ChinaMissionUN@Gmail.com

Russian Federation
H.E. Mr Vitaly Churkin
Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations
136 East 67 Street
New York, NY 10065
USA
Fax: +1(212)628-0252
E-mail: rusun@un.int

Bosnia and Herzegovina
H.E. Mr Ivan Barbalic
Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations
420 Lexington Avenue
Suites 607 & 608
New York, NY 10170
USA
Fax: +1(212) 751 90 19
Tel: +1(212) 751 90 15
bihun@mfa.gov.ba

Brazil (President of the Security Council - February)
H.E. Mrs Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti
Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations
747 Third Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY
USA
Fax: +1(212)3715716
Email: delbrasonu@delbrasonu.org  

Columbia (April’s President)
H.E. Mr. Nestor Osorio
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations
140 East 57th Street, New York
NY. 10022
Direct line: +1(212) 355-7223
nosorio@colombiaun.org
General contact details
Tel: +1(212) 355-7776
Fax: +1(212) 371-2813
colombia@colombiaun.org

Gabon
S.E.M. Denis Dangue Rewaka
Ambassadeur Extraordinaire et Plenipotentiaire, Representant Permanent
Mission permanente du Gabon auprés des Nations Unies
18 East 41st Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10017
USA
Fax: +1(212) 689 5769
Tel: +1(212) 686-9720
gabon@un.int

Germany
Ambassador Peter Wittig
Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations
The Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Telephone +1 (212) 940 04 00
Telefax + 1(212) 940 04 02
E-mail: info@new-york-un.diplo.de

India
H.E. Ambassador
Hardeep Singh Puri
Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations
235 East, 43rd Street, New York 10017.
TEL: +1 212-490-9660
FAX:+1 212-490-9656
EMAIL: India@un.int, & ind_general@indiaun.net

Lebanon
H.E. Dr. Nawaf Salam
Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations
The Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations in New York
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 531-533
New York, NY 10017
USA
Fax: +1(212) 838-2819
Email: ambassador@lebanonun.org

Nigeria
H.E. Mrs U. Joy Ogwu OFR
Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations
828 Second Ave
New York, NY 10017
USA
Telephone : +1(212)-953-9130
Fax +1(212) 697 1970
Email via online form: http://www.nigeriaunmission.org/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=2&Itemid=53

Portugal
José Filipe Moraes Cabral
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations
866 Second Avenue, 9th floor
New York, NY 10017
Telefone: +1 212 759 9444
Fax:+1 212 355 1124
E-mail: portugal@un.int
Assistant’s details
Paula Caroça
Phone: +1 212 759 9444 Ext. 902
Fax: +1 212 588 0217
pcaroca@missionofportugal.org

South Africa
H. E. Ambassador Baso Sangqu
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations
333 East 38th Street
New York
NY10016
Tel: +1(212) 213 5583
Fax: +1(212) 692 2498

Spain – Group of Friends
H.E. Mr. Juan Antonio YÁÑEZ-BARNUEVO
Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations
One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 36th Floor
New York, NY 10017
USA
Tel.: +1(212) 661 1050 / 51 / 52 / 53 / 54
Fax: +1(212) 949 7247
Email via online form: http://www.spainun.org/pages/directorio.cfm


UN Secretary General
The Honourable Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary General
760 United Nations Plaza
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Salutation: Secretary General

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ms. Navanathem Pillay
High Commissioner for Human Rights
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
InfoDesk@ohchr.org
Fax: +41 22 917 9011
Tel (41) 22 928 9555
Salutation: Ms Pillay


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News:

15.02 - 2016 / 15.02 - 2016Hunger striking to demand education
13.02 - 2014 / 13.02 - 2014Saharawi journalists jailed for covering protests and plunder
14.11 - 2013 / 14.11 - 2013Morocco hinders Saharawi activist's vital surgery
19.09 - 2013 / 19.09 - 2013Mass Grave Revealed in Western Sahara
31.05 - 2013 / 31.05 - 2013Dutch vessel transporting resources from occupied Western Sahara
10.03 - 2011 / 10.03 - 2011Parties Conclude Another Round of Talks
25.02 - 2011 / 25.02 - 2011Hungering for justice: Saharawi political prisoners on hunger strike
11.02 - 2011 / 11.02 - 2011Take Action for Human Rights Monitoring in Western Sahara
11.02 - 2011 / 11.02 - 2011Germany indicts alleged Moroccan spy
19.12 - 2010 / 19.12 - 2010So much for human rights
27.05 - 2010 / 27.05 - 2010Amnesty International's annual report: Morocco / Western Sahara
18.05 - 2010 / 18.05 - 2010Moroccan court bails three Western Sahara activists
17.05 - 2010 / 17.05 - 2010Guinness World Records challenged over Moroccan flag stunt
08.05 - 2010 / 08.05 - 2010Beware the Warnings of al Qaeda
06.05 - 2010 / 06.05 - 2010The arms sellers countries extend the conflict in Western Sahara
05.05 - 2010 / 05.05 - 2010Fate abducted Saharawi citizen still unknown
29.04 - 2010 / 29.04 - 2010Second Tier Titans clash on Human Rights in Western Sahara
28.04 - 2010 / 28.04 - 2010France opposing Security Council on Human Rights
27.04 - 2010 / 27.04 - 2010Spain in favour of human rights monitoring in Western Sahara?
22.04 - 2010 / 22.04 - 2010European Parliamentarians demand release WS political prisoners






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Africa's last colony Since 1975, three quarters of the Western Sahara territory has been illegally occupied by Morocco. The original population lives divided between those suffering human rights abuses under the Moroccan occupation and those living in exile in Algerian refugee camps. For more than 40 years, the Saharawi await the fulfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.
Trailer: Western Sahara, Africa's last colony

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Have a look at this teaser for the upcoming documentary "Western Sahara, Africa's last colony". Coming soon.
Book: International Law and the Question of Western Sahara

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To our knowledge the first collective book on the legal aspects of the Western Sahara conflict. Available in English and French. Order it here.