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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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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 it includes human rights monitoring!
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Thank you so much for your efforts for Aminatou Haidar, whose return to El Aaiun is, in her own words, a victory for ‘international law, for human rights, for international justice’. Aminatou Haidar’s brave actions in Lanzarote have helped to shed light on the dire human rights situation in Western Sahara.  

Now that this issue, which has been ignored for so long, has finally been brought to light we must act to ensure that we build on the momentum and end human rights abuses in occupied Western Sahara.

There is currently particular concern for the 7 prisoners of conscience currently awaiting trial, who may face the death penalty following their arrest for treason. Click here for more information.

Independent human rights monitoring is a key tool in the fight against human rights abuses.

MINURSO, the UN mission in Western Sahara, is the only contemporary peacekeeping mission without a mandate to monitor human rights.

Human rights organisations, including Amnesty international and Human Rights Watch, and the POLISARIO have repeatedly called for human rights monitoring in the region. This has been blocked by the Moroccan authorities.

The renewal of MINURSO’s mandate in April provides a key opportunity to implement this.

Take Action!


1.  Write to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon:
   • Thanking him for his action in the case of Aminatou Haidar and welcoming his
      comments on the need for a settlement on the issue.
   • Emphasising the human rights abuses against those who peacefully oppose
      the Moroccan occupation - in particular the case of the 7 prisoners of
      conscience currently awaiting trial, who may face the death penalty.
   • Stating that MINURSO is the only contemporary peacekeeping Mission without  
      a mandate to monitor human rights.
   • Calling on him to establish an independent mechanism for human rights
      monitoring.
   • Insisting that a referendum which includes the option of independence is
      implemented without delay.
 
2.  Make sure your country supports human rights monitoring.
    Contact your MP/political representative, ask them to write to your Foreign
    Minister:
   • Explaining the human rights abuses against those who peacefully oppose the
      Moroccan occupation.
   • Stating that MINURSO is the only contemporary peacekeeping Mission without  
      a mandate to monitor human rights and;
   • If your country is a member of the UN Security Council: calling on
      your country to insist on human rights monitoring whether through the
      extension of MINURSO’s mandate or through another independent monitoring
      mechanism.
   • If your country is not a member of the Security Council: asking that
      your country makes a public statement calling for human rights monitoring.

3. Contact your national delegation to the UN
   • If your country is a member of the UN Security Council, please write to
      your national delegation to the UN or copy them into your letter to Mr Ban Ki
      Moon.

Finally...
If you are a UK citizen or resident please sign the Downing Street petition

Details
The UN Security Council
Permanent members of the UN Security Council are: China, France, Russian Federation, UK and US.
Non-permanent members: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Turkey and Uganda.

Address for Ban Ki Moon
The Honourable Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary General
760 United Nations Plaza
United Nations
New York, NY 10017

Address for 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: (212) 745 9316

Address for 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: (212) 415 4053

Contact details for other members of the UN Security Council are listed at the bottom of the page.

If you could please send any copies of letters and responses to coordinator@wsahara.org.uk


Other actions

Amnesty International currently has 2 urgent actions on Western Sahara
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE29/005/2010/en
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE29/004/2010/en


Further information

Western Sahara Campaign UK, Parliamentary Briefing Human Rights (125 KB)

Amnesty International, UNSC members should support independent human rights monitoring in Western Sahara and the Tindouf camps, 28 April 2009

Human Rights Watch, Letter to the UNSC urging human rights monitoring in Western Sahara 17 April 2009

Contact details of UN Security Council national delegations
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
Email: france@franceonu.org

China
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
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:(212)628-0252                                                                                              E-mail: rusun@un.int

Austria
H.E. Mr Thomas Mayr-Harting
Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations
Austrian Mission to the United Nations
600 Third Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10016
USA
Fax: (212) 94 91 840

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: (212) 751 90 19

Brazil
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:(212)3715716
Email: delbrasonu@delbrasonu.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: (212) 689 5769

Japan
H.E. Mr Yukio Takasu
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
866 U.N. Plaza, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
USA
E-mail: japan.mission@un-japan.org

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: (212) 838-2819
Email: ambassador@lebanonun.org

Mexico
H.E. Mr Claude Heller
Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations
Two United Nations Plaza, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10017
USA
Fax (212) 688.8862
E-Mail: mexico@un.int

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
Fax (212) 697 1970

Turkey
H.E. Mr Ertuğrul Apakan
Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations
821 UN Plaza
New York, NY 10017
USA
Email: turkey@un.int

Uganda
H.E. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda
Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Uganda to the United Nations
336 East 45 Street
New York, NY 10017
USA
Email: ugandaunny@un.int


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News archive:
14.04 - 2010RFK and HRW call for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
10.04 - 2010Morocco to appoint a Polisario deserter Ambassador to Spain
09.04 - 2010Morocco must end harassment of Sahrawi activists
05.04 - 2010Worldwide appeal for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
06.04 - 2010Moroccan crack-down against group of Saharawi activists
04.04 - 2010Appeal by political prisoner's mother
02.04 - 2010Health Sahrawi political prisoners on hunger strike deteriorating
16.03 - 2010Emprisoned Saharawi activist wins human rights award
05.03 - 2010First EU-Morocco summit: Don’t forget human rights in Western Sahara
05.03 - 2010Take action for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
24.02 - 2010European Parliament's lawyers declare EU fishing illegal
12.02 - 2010Parties to Western Sahara dispute commit to further UN-backed talks
09.02 - 2010Parties in Western Sahara dispute to hold new round of talks tomorrow
28.01 - 2010Morocco slammed for Sahara travel ban
23.01 - 2010Peak phosphorous: mankind's latest threat
18.12 - 2009Activist's "victory" over Morocco puts Sahara back on world agenda
18.12 - 2009Activist heads home after ending hunger strike
17.12 - 2009As UN Council meets on Western Sahara, ill Haidar is freed
17.12 - 2009Western Sahara hunger striker taken to hospital
05.12 - 2009AU calls on Moroccan authorities to allow return of rights activist






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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.