Monday, June 07, 2010

OHCHR Concerned about the Human rights in Western Sahara


OHCHR concerned about situation of human rights in Western Sahara

Geneva, June 2, 2010 (SPS) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has expressed concern about the situation of human rights in Western Sahara, particularly, the treatment of Sahrawi detainees.

In a response to a letter of Sahrawi President Mohamed Abdelaziz, High Commissioner Navi Pillay stated, "I would like to thank you for your letter dated 10 April 2010 regarding the human rights situation in Western Sahara. I am equally concerned regarding the current situation."

Navi Pillay assured President Mohamed Abdelaziz that the information on the situation of Sahrawi detainees and on disappearances has been referred to the relevant United Nations human rights mechanisms for appropriate follow-up.

She also noted the recommendation of the President in his letter to send a delegation of OHCHR to examine the current situation and to ensure the protection of human rights in Western Sahara, with a view to issuing a detailed public report on the subject.

In this regard, the High Commissioner guaranteed that the Organization will follow the situation from Geneva. (SPS)

062/090/000 022040 JUNE 10 SPS

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