Mishandlet til døde i fængsel i Vestsahara

Hasana El Wali in his prison cell in DakhlaHassana El Wali døde lørdag som følge af tæv, tortur og fejlagtig og manglende medicinsk behandling. Han kæmpede for uafhængighed for Afrikas sidste koloni, Vestsahara.

Hassana El Wali døde på et militærhospital i Dakhla, efter at have været blevet forflyttet fra det berygtede ”Sorte Fængsel” i Vestsaharas hovedstad, El Aaiun, på grund af hans kritiske tilstand. Ifølge nyhedsbureauet Sahara Press Service var han længe blevet nægtet lægebehandling og familiebesøg af myndighederne fra den marokkanske besættelsesmagt. Read more of this post

Denmark adopts new policy on Western Sahara

”The report sends a clear signal to Morocco that we will not turn a blind eye to their repeated human rights violations in Western Sahara,” Christian Juhl from the Danish party the Red-Green Alliance said in a press statement Saturday, commenting on the Danish Foreign Affairs Committee’s newly adopted report on Western Sahara.

The report, which was approved by a clear majority of Danish Parliamentary parties, amongst other things stated that Danmark will continue to support the endeavors of the United Nations Read more of this post

Danish conference on Western Sahara conflict brings conflicting parties together

The Danish United Nations Association hosted an international conference on the conflict in Western Sahara in Copenhagen on Saturday. The conference included presentations from both parties to the conflict, as well as from former UN representatives, experts, and Scandinavian politicians.

“We believe that it is vital that the Western Sahara conflict is finally put firmly on the international agenda”, the Danish UN Association said in a press release prior to the conference. “Having representatives from both sides of the conflict will enable us to shed light on the conflict in a way that hasn’t been seen before in Denmark”.

Danish Major General, and former commander of the UN Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Kurt Mosgaard, gave the first presentation where he amongst other things argued that in order to have a fruitful discussion on the issue of Western Sahara, Read more of this post

European Parliament to report on human rights situation in Western Sahara

“Dr Tannock is not in a position to answer your questions as the report has not been written and dates have not been set yet,” the personal assistant of the recently appointed Special Rapporteur of the European Parliament for Human Rights in Western Sahara, Dr Charles Tannock, wrote in a reply to Africa Contact.

The Danish solidarity organisation that has campaigned for justice and independence for Western Sahara for several years had requested information about the details of the report on the human rights situation in Western Sahara that Charles Tannock is in the process of writing.

Charles Tannock has been a member of the European Parliament for the British Conservative Party since 1999. He is presently Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Spokesman for the UK Conservative delegation, as well as being a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Human Rights subcommittee. Read more of this post

Lene Espersen er ”stærkt bekymret” for udviklingen i Vestsahara

I et svar på et brev som Afrika Kontakt sendte udenrigsminister Lene Espersen om situationen i Vestsahara, udtaler hun, at hun er ”stærkt bekymret for udviklingen” i landet. Desuden påpeger hun, at Marokkanske sikkerhedsstyrkers angreb på protestlejren i de besatte områder i Vestsahara i november, hvor snesevis blev dræbt og tusindvis såret, ”naturligvis [er] meget beklagelig”, og at hun gerne ser ”at MINURSO i forbindelse med forlængelse af missionens mandat også får mandat til at monitere menneskerettighedssituationen i Vestsahara”.

Desværre virker dette ikke til at have ansporet Lene Espersen og den danske regering til at stille nogle krav til Marokko, hverken om en undersøgelse i forhold til angrebet, eller til mere direkte at kræve den folkeafstemning i forhold til Vestsaharas tilhørsforhold, som international lov kræver det, og som adskillige FN-resolutioner har krævet i årtier. Read more of this post

Toothless UN resolution extends peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara

The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, Minurso (The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara), for another year with resolution 1920. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the Security Council‘s 15 members, and urged Morocco and the Polisario to “show political will to initiate more intensive and substantive negotiations” as well as to continue discussions under the auspices of the UN Secretary General to achieve a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution which will provide for the elf-determination of the people of Western Sahara”. Read more of this post

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