Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

10 April 2014

Western Sahara: Aminatou Haidar Received By President of UN Security Council

New York — President of the Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA) Mrs. Aminatou Haidar received Tuesday at the UN headquartes in New York by Dr. Joy Ogwu, current president of the Security Council and permanent representative of Nigeria to the UN.

The Saharawi activist of human rights notified Dr. Ogwu about the need for the international community to ensure protection for the Saharawis from the Morocco's daily systematic repression, appealing to the United Nations (UN) to speed up the implementation of its reoultions on the decolonization of Africa's last colony.

On relevant context, she was received at the UN Secretary General's office in New York by Mr. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

This meeting was an opportunity for the Saharawi rights activist to call upon the UN to shoulder its responsibilities in ending the suffering experienced by Saharawi women, as to establish a UN mechanism to monitor and protect human rights in Western Sahara.

While in New York, she was interviewed by some international media outlets accredited at the UN headquarters, of which an interview with France 24 TV, and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Nahar.

Touring the U.S. since March 24th, Aminatou Haidar aims to inform the public opinion about the gross violations of human rights committed by Moroccan occupying authorities against the innocent Saharawis.

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