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- Secretary-General Welcomes Decision by Morocco, Frente POLISARIO, Algeria, Mauritania to Participate in Meeting on Western Sahara
- Western Sahara: MINURSO, September 2018
- Report of the Secretary-General on the situation concerning Western Sahara (S/2018/889) [EN/AR]
- Near verbatim transcript of the press stakeout of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara - Initial Roundtable Meeting on Western Sahara, 6 December 2018
- Western Sahara Represented by ‘Shadow Republic’, Says Petitioner as Fourth Committee Continues Decolonization Discussion
Ban Ki-moon, on Visit, Should Urge Polisario to Intervene
En 2015, le bilan du Maroc en matière de droits humains a été marqué par un recul dans plusieurs domaines, et des progrès dans quelques autres domaines. Les restrictions imposées aux groupes nationaux et internationaux de défense des droits humains ont été renforcées ; au moins deux Marocains ont passé l'année en prison pour dénonciation « calomnieuse » de la torture, et nombreux sont ceux qui ont continué à purger de longues peines après des procès inéquitables pour des délits de nature politique.
Morocco regressed on human rights in several areas in 2015, and advanced in few. Restrictions tightened on human rights groups, both domestic and international; at least two Moroccans spent the year in prison for “falsely” denouncing torture, and many continued serving long prison terms after unfair trials for politically motivated offenses. Authorities often tolerated protest demonstrations, but in Western Sahara systematically prevented gatherings supporting self-determination for the contested territory.
Appel lancé conjointement par des organisations de défense des droits humains à l'occasion de l'anniversaire des affrontements
(Paris) – Les autorités marocaines doivent libérer les 21 prisonniers qui purgent de longues peines de réclusion liées aux mouvements de protestation de 2010 au Sahara occidental qui ont entraîné des morts ou leur accorder un procès équitable devant un tribunal civil, et enquêter sur toutes les allégations de torture, ont déclaré aujourd’hui quatre organisations de défense des droits humains.
Joint Call by Rights Groups on Anniversary of Clashes
(Paris, November 5, 2015) – Moroccan authorities should free all 21 prisoners serving long terms stemming from the 2010 Western Sahara protests that turned deadly, or grant them a fair trial before a civilian court, and investigate all torture allegations, four human rights organizations said today.
Taboo Appears Over, but Proof Will be Change in Practice
(Rabat) – Moroccan authorities have for the first time allowed a Sahrawi human rights organization fiercely critical of the government to legally register. This advance for freedom of association in Morocco came 10 years after the Western Sahara group applied and nine years after a court ruled that the government had unlawfully impeded the group from registering.
Un tabou est levé, mais la preuve du changement viendra des pratiques
HRW publie un rapport détaillé sur la situation dans les camps sahraouis gérés par le Front Polisario près de Tindouf
For four decades tens of thousands of Sahrawi refugees have lived in remote refugee camps in the Sahara desert near the Algerian town of Tindouf. With the assent of Algerian authorities, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario) administers the camps.
Des procès inéquitables et des violences policières continuent, pendant que le gouvernement discute de réformes
Trial Delays, Limited Evidence Raise Concerns of Politically Motivated Prosecution
(New York, April 9, 2011) – Three Western Sahara activists have been in pretrial detention for 18 months, with numerous delays in their trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Their trial on charges of “harming [Morocco’s] internal security” has proceeded in fits and starts, with limited evidence produced against them. Four co-defendants are provisionally free.
State Recognizing More Amazigh, or Berber Names, but Choice Still Restricted
(New York, December 14, 2010) - A government directive liberalizing Morocco's policy on recognizing Amazigh, or Berber, given names for newborns is having positive results, Human Rights Watch said today.
In April 2010, the Ministry of Interior issued a directive that for the first time defined Amazigh names as meeting the legal prerequisite of being "Moroccan in nature." In the eight months since, there have been fewer complaints from citizens that local bureaus of the Civil Registry have …
Investigate Violent Response to Disturbances
(New York, November 26, 2010) - Moroccan security forces repeatedly beat and abused people they detained following disturbances on November 8, 2010, in the Western Sahara capital city of El-Ayoun, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces also directly attacked civilians, a Human Rights Watch investigation showed.
Western Sahara Movement Holding Sahrawi for "Espionage" After He Backed Morocco's Autonomy Plan for Region
(Washington, DC, September 23, 2010) - The Polisario Front, the Western Sahara independence movement, should release a dissident detained on September 21, 2010, if the real reason for his arrest is his vocal support for Morocco's autonomy plan, Human Rights Watch said today.
Polisario security forces arrested Mostapha Selma Sidi Mouloud, a police officer, upon his return to the Polisario-run Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria.
(New York) - Morocco is taking another regressive step on human rights by blocking "unauthorized" visits by foreigners to the homes of Sahrawi activists in Western Sahara, Human Rights Watch said today.
Since October 19, 2009, police have interrupted five such visits by Spanish journalists and human rights lawyers, telling them in each case that these visits they require prior clearance from the authorities.
This practice, which has no apparent basis in Moroccan law, represents a new restriction on the rights of Sahrawis and of visitors to the region.
Lebanon and Tunisia Are Only Nations in Region to Sign
(Beirut, January 26, 2009) - Governments of the Middle East and North Africa region should sign the new international treaty banning cluster munitions, Human Rights Watch said today. So far, Lebanon and Tunisia are the only two countries from the region to have signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which was opened for signature in December 2008.
Population of Polisario-Run Refugee Camps Remain Vulnerable
(Rabat, December 19, 2008) - Morocco violates the rights to expression, association, and assembly in Western Sahara, Human Rights Watch said in a new report issued today, revealing stark limits to the progress that Morocco has made in protecting human rights overall.
This report is in two parts. Part one examines present-day human rights conditions in Western Sahara. Part two examines present-day human rights conditions in the Sahrawi refugee camps administered by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario), the Sahrawi independence organization, near Tindouf, Algeria.
For Western Sahara, the focus of Human Rights Watch's investigation is the right of persons to speak, assemble, and associate on behalf of self-determination for the Sahrawi people and on behalf of their human rights.