MINURSO: Amnesty points out absence of mandate extended to human rights monitoring

London, 9 April 2021 (SPS) - The International Amnesty Organization pointed out on Wednesday the absence of a human rights monitoring mechanism in occupied Western Sahara, lamenting the suppression of the Sahrawi people in the occupied territories.

“In October, the United Nations renewed, until October 2021, the MINURSO mandate, without including a section relating to human rights monitoring as it is generally the case for the peacekeeping missions,” said Amnesty in its 2020’s report on the situation of human rights in the world.

The occupied Western Sahara has remained inaccessible to the human rights organizations, making the task of monitoring human rights violations difficult, said the source, underlining that the forces of the Moroccan occupier made arrests and degrading treatment against Sahrawi people. 

The report cites the conviction of 19 Sahrawi activists between 2013 and 2017, following the unfair trial in which their torture allegations weren’t duly examined.

Between May and July, the police arrested in the city of occupied al-Ayun the Sahrawi journalist and human rights activist Ibrahim Amrikli. He was beaten and insulted several times and forced to sign totally unfounded confessions, according to the source. (SPS)