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The Geneva Support Group for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Western Sahara calls for exerting pressure to enable the Sahrawi people to exercise its right to self-determination and independence

2 months ago at 09/Sep/2020 122

The Geneva Support Group for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Western Sahara called Tuesday on the UN Human Rights Council to exert all pressures for enabling the Sahrawi people to exercise its right to self-determination and independence, in a statement circulated to members of the Council.

In the statement, the 245 organizations members of the Group called on:

All High Contracting Parties to ensure that the Kingdom of Morocco respects the Fourth Geneva Convention in Western Sahara;

The Kingdom of Morocco to fully respect the Fourth Geneva Convention in Western Sahara;

To fully respect the Human Rights of the Sahrawi people, including their right to self-determination and independence, in conformity with UNGA resolution 1514 (XV);

To fully respect the Principles of International Law, including the Principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples(a peremptory norm) and the principle that States shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the Charter;

The members of the Human Rights Council to create the mandate of Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights violations in the Occupied Territory of Western Sahara;

The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression to monitor the situation of Sahrawi journalists in Western Sahara;

The UN High-Commissioner for Human Rights to resume, without delay, the technical missions to Western Sahara (at least eastern of the Berm) and the Sahrawi refugees’ camps;

To implement the commitments made by the OHCHR at the World Humanitarian Summit, in particular by publicly condemning serious violations of international humanitarian law and serious violations and abuses of international human rights in Western Sahara and by reporting on the impact of armed conflict on human rights defenders in view of ensuring the enjoyment of human rights;

To implement a programme of technical cooperation and capacity building with the representative of the people of Western Sahara recognized by the UN General Assembly, the Polisario Front. (Sumoud)

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