Copy of letter sent earlier this week to our MP....
Dear Mr Carmichael,
I write with concerns about Western Sahara. The United Nations is legally obliged to protect human rights in Western Sahara. Yet MINURSO is the only UN peacekeeping mission without the mandate to monitor human rights violation - and all the evidence suggests that current efforts to tackle the issue have proved wholly inadequate, with human rights violations worsening.
Any human rights monitoring body in the Western Sahara must be based on the three following principles:
-Permanence – ad hoc missions cannot establish an adequately accurate picture of the nature of the violations across the entire territory
– any human rights monitoring body must have access to refugee camps
administered by POLISARIO, as well as the area occupied by Morocco
-Accountability – any human rights monitoring presence must be obliged to report findings to the UN Security Council
I urge you to join your party colleagues in signing EDM 1113 (see below).
Yours sincerely, Philip Booth
this House notes the concerns raised by Amnesty International and other
organisations over the trial and sentencing of 24 civilian Saharawi
human rights activists by a military tribunal; further notes the
increasing human rights abuses in the Western Sahara; acknowledges the
need for Minurso to be given a human rights monitoring mandate and calls
on the Government, to make representation to the Moroccan Government to
revoke the politically motivated and unjust sentences against the 24
Saharawi human rights activists, to release all Saharawi political
prisoners in Moroccan jails and to allow access to the Saharawi
territories under Morocco’s occupation by independent observers and