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Le suivi de la situation des droits humains par les Nations unies doit être au premier rang des discussions qui porteront cette semaine sur le futur de leur présence au Sahara occidental et dans les camps de réfugiés sahraouis, a déclaré Amnesty International mardi 26 avril, alors que les journalistes, les soldats chargés du maintien de la paix et les militants pacifiques font l’objet de restrictions croissantes.
Human rights monitoring by the UN must be at the forefront of discussions this week over the future of its presence in Western Sahara and Sahrawi refugee camps, Amnesty International said today, amid increased restrictions on journalists, peacekeepers and peaceful activists.
The rule of King Hassan II from 1956 to 1999 was characterized by repression of political dissent, the enforced disappearance of hundreds of individuals, arbitrary detention of thousands of others, and the systemic use of torture and other ill-treatment.
The UN Security Council must expand the mandate of its peacekeeping force in Western Sahara to include sustained human rights monitoring, said Amnesty International, amid clampdowns on peaceful protests and reports of activists tortured in custody during the past year.
In a report to the Security Council yesterday UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for independent, impartial and sustained human rights monitoring in the territory and Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria.
The UN Security Council’s failure to add human rights monitoring to the mandate of its Western Sahara peacekeeping force – despite ongoing reports of abuses in the region – is a “missed opportunity”, Amnesty International said today.
The mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) – one of the few UN peacekeeping missions in the world without a human rights mandate – was renewed today.
The Moroccan authorities must open an independent investigation into events that led to a number of deaths and injuries at Gadaym Izik, a protest camp near Laayoune, Western Sahara, Amnesty International said today.
The government says nine people were killed during Monday's operation and in its aftermath, including eight members of the security forces.
Amnesty International is today calling on the Moroccan authorities to immediately and unconditionally release three Sahrawi activists set to face trial following their visit to refugee camps in Algeria run by the Polisario Front.
The trial of Brahim Dahane, Ali Salem Tamek and Ahmed Nasiri, begins tomorrow in the Court of First Instance, Casablanca. All have been accused of "undermining (Morocco's) internal security".
Women often bear the brunt of poverty and human rights abuses; but as activists they use these roles to trigger positive social change. To mark World Human Rights Day, Amnesty International spoke to three women who put their lives on the line in defence of human rights.
Women are affected by poverty, violence and human rights violations more than men because of the discrimination they face the world over.