Aminatou Haidar calls on UN to assume its responsibility in Western Sahara

EL-Aaiun, 3 July 2021 (SPS) - President of the Sahrawi Body against Moroccan occupation (ISACOM), Aminatou Haidar, called on the United Nations to assume its responsibility and to conduct urgent and thorough investigations into the human rights violations committed by Morocco in the occupied Sahrawi cities.

"Western Sahara has been at the mercy of a brutal occupation since 1975. It is time for the United Nations to take responsibility for decolonization," said Aminatou Haidar in a statement before the UN Human Rights Council.

The Sahrawi activist asked the Council "to urge Morocco to put an end to systematic violations of human rights to enable the Sahrawi people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and freedom.

Haidar thanked, in this regard, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Marie Lawlor, who urged the Moroccan authorities to stop targeting human rights defenders and journalists who defend human rights issues in occupied Western Sahara and Morocco. (SPS)

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