U.N. wants 'understanding' of Western Sahara human rights situation

April 11th, 2015  
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Topic: U.N. wants 'understanding' of Western Sahara human rights situation

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for an "independent and impartial understanding" of human rights in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara, according to a report seen by Reuters on Friday. Ban's annual report on Western Sahara stopped short of recommending the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the territory (MINURSO) monitor rights, which the African Union has urged. Rather it suggests that the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) should do it. "I call on the Parties to continue and further enhance their cooperation with United Nations human rights mechanisms and OHCHR, including by facilitating OHCHR missions to Western Sahara and the refugee camps near Tindouf, with unrestricted access to all relevant stakeholders," Ban said in the report.


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