Tue 21/09/2021

UN adopts memorandum addressed by Polisario Front on proposals to deal with humanitarian situation in Western Sahara after resumption of war

4 months ago at 19/May/2021 59

The United Nations Human Rights Council published Monday the memorandum signed by the representative of the Polisario Front in Geneva, Omaima Ahmed, which included proposals by the Polisario Front to deal with the situation in Western Sahara, especially in the occupied territories that witnessed a serious escalation of human rights violations after the resumption of the war in mid-November 2020.

The memorandum highlighted that the Moroccan military occupation of Western Sahara had been the source of numerous gross and systematic violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including the violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The memorandum indicated that human rights violations in Western Sahara had increased alarmingly after Morocco violated the ceasefire last November, with Moroccan occupation forces launching a campaign of harassment, attacks, arbitrary arrests and torture against a number of Sahrawi human rights defenders and their families.

The memorandum called on the International Committee of the Red Cross to strengthen cooperation with the Polisario Front in order to better protect the victims of systematic violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by Morocco, as well as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to send a monitoring mission as soon as possible to the occupied Sahrawi territories and to report on the situation to the 47th session of the Human Rights Council.

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