London, October 10, 2011 (SPS) Western Sahara Campaign in Britain, is calling to sign a petition urging the UN to protect human rights in Dakhla and investigate the events in this city, said Saturday in London Mr. Ken Ritchie, Executive Member of the organization.
"We urge the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct an urgent investigation in Dakhla to shed light on the events in the city under siege since September 25, and put a mechanism for monitoring human rights in order to stop the abuses perpetrated against the Saharawi people ", he said.
Mr. Ritchie also asked for the expansion of the mandate of the UN mission for the referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to monitor human rights in the Saharawi occupied territories.
Several influential British personalities, including parliamentarians, politicians and trade union leaders, signed the petition, in particular Lord Avebury, Cathy Jamieson (member) and Dave Prentis, general secretary of UNISON, one of the three largest British trade unions.
"A copy of this message will be sent to British Foreign Minister, William Hague, and the British government to call for greater influence within the UN Security Council to find a solution to the conflict based on the principles of the international law that respects the will of the Saharawi people," Mr. Ritchie added.
Mr. Ritchie regretted the "biased" position of France on the Western Sahara issue, which he said "was due to its economic interests in the region." (SPS)