Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

Western Sahara: 'Ireland Has Consistently Called for the Mandate of Minurso to Include a Human Rights Monitoring Element.' Says Irish Foreign Minister

"Ireland has consistently called for the mandate of MINURSO, the United Nations Mission in Western Sahara monitoring the ceasefire with Western Sahara, to include a human rights monitoring element." said last Tuesday the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland Eamon Gilmore.

"We believe this would provide invaluable independent and impartial information on the status of human rights in Western Sahara," he added.

This position of Ireland was explained on Tuesday26th, in a written reply to a question by the member of the Irish Parliament Maureen O'Sullivan, if the Minister will make representations to the Moroccan authorities to use civilian courts to ensure fair retrials for 25 Saharawi political prisoners given long prison sentences by Moroccan military court.

"I share the Deputy's concern regarding this case and my officials will continue to closely monitor the situation and the process regarding the appeal of the sentences." the Minister stated.

"The Government will continue to raise concerns about human rights abuses in Western Sahara, in particular reports of the arbitrary arrest, detention and mistreatment of human rights defenders, with Morocco in our ongoing bilateral dialogue." Eamon Gilmore concluded.

SPS

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 Sahara Press Service. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.