25 May 2014

Africa: ACHPR Condemns Human Rights Abuses Against Sahrawi People in Occupied Territories

Luanda (angola) — The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) has adopted a resolution on the situation in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, condemning the widespread human rights abuses perpetrated by Morocco against the Sahrawi people in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The resolution of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights meeting at its 55th Ordinary Session held from 28 April 2014 in Luanda, Angola also:

Urges the parties to the conflict to continue the negotiations in order to achieve a just, political, lasting and mutually-acceptable solution, leading to self-determination for the people of Western Sahara;

Invites the International Community to establish an international human rights monitoring mechanism in the occupied territories;

Calls on the competent authorities to guarantee the respect of the inalienable right of the Sahrawi people concerning the natural resources in the occupied territories;

Urges the parties to continue to cooperate with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in the implementation of the updated Action Plan on the confidence-building measures adopted in January 2012;

Further calls for the return of the humanitarian agencies to the refugee camps to strengthen the protection and assistance to the refugees;

Calls on the States to offer their good offices to clear the mines from the areas where anti-personnel mines have been laid as they represent a continuing source of danger for the population; and

Decides to be seized of the matter.

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