International Day of Solidarity with the Dissappeared Saharawis

Union of Saharawi Lawyers
Friday, June 4, 1999 - 20:00
Northern Africa
Western Sahara
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security
Human Rights
Initiative Type: 
Appeals & Demonstrations

The Union of Saharawi Lawyers (USL) launched on the International Day of Solidarity with the Dissappeared Saharawis, an appeal urging the international community, and the United Nations Mission for a Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), to asssume their responsibility regarding the human rights violations of Saharawi citizens in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, and the Moroccan government to stop its crimes against humanity.

Also, the USL required M.Emmanuel Roucounas, an independent lawyer in charge of the file of the prisoners, to visit the occupied territories of the Sahara Occidental, in order to require the explanation of all the cases of disappearance and detention outstanding before the materialization of the referendum. The USL also alerted the international community on the anti-personnel mines in the Sahara Occidental, which constituted an obstacle to the freedom of movement of the people and a permanent danger to the Sahrawi population.

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