Euro-Med Rights calls upon the UN SC to give MINURSO a mandate to monitor HR in Western Sahara

Copenhagen (Denmark), April 21, 2017 (SPS) - The President of the Euro-Med Rights network of Human Rights (EuroMed Rights), Mr. Michel Tubiana called on, in a letter addressed Thursday to the Member States of the United Nations Security Council, to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and to extend this mission to include a mandate to monitor human rights in Western Sahara.

The president of EuroMed Rights, a network of over 80 human rights defence organizations located on both sides of the Mediterranean urged, in his letter the members of the Security Council, who will vote on the extension of the MINURSO’s mandate at the end of April, to renew the MINURSO's mandate and ensure that it is fully operational, so that it may carry out its mission unimpeded and to extend the MINURSO's mission to assessing the human rights situation, or establish permanent international mechanisms for vigilance and monitoring observance of human rights in Western Sahara. (SPS)