October 23, 2013 | By Christine Lamp |
human rights violations in Western Sahara. David first visited the Saharawi in 2005, and was moved by their plight. He also took some great pictures! He first spoke on behalf of the Saharawi at the UN in 2006 advocating for their right to sovereignty and freedom from oppression that has persisted under the Moroccan government.
Currently, the UN, the International Court of Justice and the African Union as well as many other sovereign states recognize Western Sahara’s right to be a free and sovereign nation. However, the Moroccan government has continued to obstruct the Saharawi’s right to self-determination, and oppose a free Western Sahara, Africa’s last colony.
He also spoke about the need for investigation and monitoring of human rights violations (Human Rights Mandate). There are much needed peacekeeping operations in Western Sahara, as they have been involved in a 38-year conflict. The Moroccan government continues to infringe on the Saharawi people’s rights by limiting their freedom of expression, ability to assemble and their right to due process. The Robert F Kennedy Center for Human Rights, asserts “the situation requires not only a permanent presence by the United Nations, but a clear human rights mandate to ensure that such abuses do not continue and to send a clear message that the global community will not tolerate these violations”. Human rights investigations and monitoring have become an integral part of UN peacekeeping operations elsewhere in order to deter abuses and to promote accountability. The Saharawi people would greatly benefit from the Human Rights Mandate, given Morocco’s long history of gross human rights abuses.
For more information about the Saharawi’s struggle, check http://rfkcenter.org/rfk-center-reports-ongoing-human-rights-violations-in-western-sahara-3?lang=en
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