Human rights at the heart of the extension of the MINURSO’s mandate: Letter to the Member States of the United Nations Security Council Dear Heads of State and Government, On 28 April, the Member States of the United Nations Security Council will vote on the extension of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum … Continued
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A year ago, in an address to Morocco’s national Parliament, Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad, accused NGOs of hosting foreign agendas and of being detrimental to the Kingdom’s reputation and security.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) organised a mission to Morocco and Western Sahara from 14 to 21 September 2014 to assess the human rights situation.
The EMHRN is calling on the UN Security Council to extend the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to include human rights issues in the area, at the next meeting on the matter.
Official observer at the trial of 24 defendants accused of “ forming a criminal gang to commit violent and murderous acts against members of the security forces in the course of their duties, participating in such violence, and defiling a corpse”.
The EMHRN regrets the UN Security Council decision not to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to human rights issues in the area.
The EMHRN sent lawyer and EMHRN representative Michael Ellman out to observe the trial and after a series of adjournments – not all explained – the trial has at last been held and the verdicts have been extremely severe.
The EMHRN observer at the trial of Sahrawi political prisoners in Morocco will be in Rabat for the second time to monitor the trial of these activists by a military tribunal.
EMHRN observer at the trial of Sahrawi political prisoners in Rabat has worries about 24 Sahrawi political activists being hauled up before a military tribunal and the conditions in which the 24 accused are being held.
Several Sahrawi activists are being prosecuted in Morocco and their trial before the military court of Rabat is expected to start on 24 October 2012 after having been postponed once.