CONASADH calls Enforced Disappearance Panel to pay more attention to occupied Western Sahara areas

Geneva (Switzerland), Sept 14, 2018 (SPS) - The National Sahrawi Human Rights Commission (CONASADH), has called the panel on enforced disappearances to pay more attention to the issues of enforced and involuntary disappearances in the occupied Western Sahara territory, where non-governmental organizations related to this issue has reported more 800 disappearances case

During the discussion of the third item on the agenda of the 39th ordinary session of the Human Rights Council, the Sahrawi human rights activist Hassena Alia, representing CONASADH, uncovered that the discovery of mass graves and the identification of DNA by an independent experts team, in accordance with international standards on this subject was not welcomed by the Moroccan occupation authorities.

The Saharawi Committee went on saying that enforced and involuntary disappearances and mass graves constitute a crime in Western Sahara since hundreds of Sahrawi families for decades were looking for the whereabouts of their missing relatives following the Moroccan military invasion, while the Moroccan regime refuses to shoulder its responsibilities and provide answers to the families and relatives of the victims.

The Committee called upon the Council in general and the Working Panel, in particular, to pay special attention to the grave human rights situation in occupied Western Sahara in the waiting for the United Nations-led decolonization process. SPS

 

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