Representatives of Sahrawi civil society participate in UNHRC 42nd session

Geneva (Switzerland), September 9, 2019 (SPS) - The 42nd Ordinary Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva kicked off Monday, with the participation of a Sahrawi civil society delegation comprising human rights and media activists from the Sahrawi refugee camps, community abroad and occupied territories of Western Sahara.

Through its participation, the Sahrawi delegation aims to shed light on the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied territories of Western Sahara. The delegation will also have oral interventions during the Council's discussion of some of the topics already set by the Presidency of the Council on the agenda of this session, related to detainees, refugees and arbitrary detention.

Throughout the 42nd session, the delegation together with foreign organizations and activists will organize workshops on arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, as well as the situation of Sahrawi refugees and the right to development.

Moreover, the Geneva Group of States in Support of Western Sahara is expected to organize a conference at the Council's headquarters, entitled "Human Rights in the Context of Humanitarian Support", in which the Sahrawi Minister of Water and Environment, Brahim El Mukhtar, and President of Sahrawi Red Crescent, Boubibini Yahya, will participate. (SPS)