Geneva (Switzerland), 21 September 2020 (SPS) – The Sahrawi National Commission for Human Rights, along with 240 human rights organizations, have reminded the UN Working Group against Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances of more than 400 Sahrawis who have been missing since the invasion and military occupation of Western Sahara by the Kingdom of Morocco.
In an oral statement during the 45th Ordinary Session of Human Rights, the organizations said that although the Kingdom of Morocco ratified the International Convention to Protect People from Enforced Disappearance adopted in 2006 by the United Nations, it has not yet submitted its first report to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances.
The statement added that the UN Working Group against Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances continues to receive reports of reprisals against the families of victims, human rights defenders and supporting organizations in the occupied areas of Western Sahara, a non-self-governing territory, according to the United Nations General Assembly.
The human rights organizations also called on the UN Working Group against Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances to seriously consider a field visit to the territory of Western Sahara, which is under Moroccan occupation.
The issue of the 400 missing and abducted Sahrawis is receiving great attention and priority from the Sahrawi civil society and international human rights organizations, especially after the information provided by Rabat on the 153 disappearances for which Rabat admitted responsibility in Western Sahara was proved to be false. (SPS)