South Africa asks UN to send a mission to investigate the human rights situation in Western Sahara

Geneva (Switzerland), 10, March 2022 (SPS) – South Africa renewed yesterday its call for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to urgently send a mission to investigate the human rights situation in the occupied areas of Western Sahara, as well as reporting on the serious violations committed by the Moroccan occupation forces against Saharawi civilians.

Through a statement issued during the discussion of the second working point of the session of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Representative of South Africa in Geneva, Mr. Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi, "demanded Commissioner Michelle Bachelet to include information on the situation of human rights in occupied Western Sahara in its report to the 50th Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council”.

In his statement, Ambassador Nkosi stressed that "the government of his country will remain committed to ensuring that the Saharawi people can exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, in accordance with all relevant United Nations resolutions." SPS

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