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Year after year, Morocco ensures that the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) does not assume its responsibilities regarding human rights. For yet another year, now 24 in total, the UN Security Council has wasted the opportunity to strengthen MINURSO by including a mandate for human rights. Such a mandate would document abuses that are happening on a daily basis and prevent further gross violations from occurring. It would also help both parties to overcome their mutual distrust and move towards political negotiation.

On 14 April 2015, the home of human rights defender Aminatou Haidar was attacked by Moroccan police as she hosted United Nations representatives to discuss human rights abuses against the Sahrawi people.
 

 
April 10, 2015
 
Washington— Congressman Joe Pitts (PA-16) is calling on the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative to turn down a donation reportedly given by a Moroccan-based company that is exploiting resources in Western Sahara. Western Sahara is contested territory that has been denied a UN-mandated vote of self-determination for more than a decade.
 

 
By CARLOTTA GALLAPRIL 10, 2015
TUNIS — A Spanish judge has ruled that 11 Moroccan former officials should stand trial on charges of genocide in connection with killings and torture in the former Spanish protectorate of Western Sahara from 1976 to 1991.
 

By Sawi Lutibezi

ADDIS ABABA, 04 APR (NAMPA) - Namibia's Ambassador to Ethiopia and Sudan, Anne Mutelo says the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) is still calling for the self-determination of the Sahrawi people.

The international campaign to get the UN Security Council to introduce human rights monitoring into the MINURSO mandate and take action to prevent the exploitation of Western Sahara's natural resources is growing.
 
In Switzerland, Terre des Hommes delivered a petition to the Swiss Parliament and Federal Council supporting the call to extend MINURSO's mandate. The petition included the signatures of 45 organisations and individuals.
 

Graham Clifford

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16/03/2015 | 02:30

Mahfuda pauses and manages to fight back the tears. "We have no choice but to keep waiting for the day when our country will be free and we can return home," she tells me calmly, adding "we must never give up. I know a lot of people over in the cemetery here, they died waiting to return to Western Sahara - we can never give up because of those who died here before us under the desert sun."

With Jean-Paul Carteron’s “Welcome to Dakhla” message on the Crans Montana Forum website this morning, it is apparent that he is ignoring the wishes of the people of Western Sahara to cancel his forum and is attempting to go ahead with his events in the illegally occupied non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara. His welcome reads: