UGTA calls on ITUC to urge UN to apply its resolutions on Western Sahara

Algiers, 8 April 2016 (SPS) - General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) Called Friday on the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to urge the United Nations to implement its resolutions relating to Western Sahara issue and maintain the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), by extending its mandate to human right monitoring.

The UGTA urges the ITUC to intervene with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the UN to implement its resolutions regarding the cause of Western Sahara people, to maintain MINURSO, and to extend its mandate to monitoring of human rights in the territory, and to take actions in favour of Saharawi people's legitimate and natural right to self-determination," the central union said in a statement.

Cited in the union's statement, the secretary general of the UGTA, Abdelmadjid Sidi Said, said the African Union has expressed support to Western Sahara people on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the proclamation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

"Africa will not be free until the last colony in the continent, Western Sahara, is liberated, free and independent."

The chairman of AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has warned that the new attitude of the occupying power, namely Morocco, with respect to the measures Rabat has taken about MINURSO is a "very dangerous precedent that challenges UN Security Council's role in maintaining peace and security in the world." (SPS)