terça-feira, 19 de maio de 2009

EUCOCO regrets UN’s reluctance to include human rights monitoring in MINURSO mandate

The Coordinating Committees of Solidarity with the Saharawi people( EUCOCO), regretted that the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has not been extended to monitoring the situation of human rights in Western Sahara.

At its meeting last Friday in Rome, the Task Force, expressed concern that the Security Council was unable to include monitoring of the situation of human rights in Western Sahara in its resolution 1871 adopted on April, 30. according to a statement received by SPS.

"The Secretary General of the UN himself has been seriously warned about this issue by reports from both delegations of the European Parliament, as important NGOs specializing in human rights, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International; reports have concluded multiple missions of observation and investigation conducted in the territories of Western Sahara ", noted the EUCOCO.

"These reports have been unanimous that there are systematic violations of human rights committed by Morocco and its forces of repression in the territories they illegally occupy," it added.

The Task Force strongly denounces that France claims to be birthplace of the first Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has threatened to use its veto power and has adamantly opposed, if the recommendation of monitoring human rights was incorporated into the mandate of MINURSO.

"Such an attitude that discredits from France is unacceptable because it undermines the neutrality and effectiveness of the role of the United Nations for a peaceful and just solution of the Western Sahara conflict," warned the task force.

The Task Force will continue its efforts to challenge the Commission and the European Council, to denounce the negotiations with Morocco to "advanced status" ‘cooperation and neighborliness, "as long as that country is illegally occupying the territories of Western Sahara, and opposed the referendum on self-determination of the Saharawi people ".

It reminded that the EU fisheries agreements, and "any agreement to the exploitation of natural resources of Western Sahara, violate the fundamental rights of the Saharawi people and international law including the Geneva Conventions on the law and duty of the occupying power of a territories that not belongs to it.

Other issues to support the struggle of the Saharawi people, including the peaceful resistance in the occupied territories, as well as other aspects of the solidarity dimensions, have been discussed.

Members of the EUCOCU took part Saturday in the Conference on Communication organized by the Italian Committee of support for the Saharawi people.

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