On 30 April a cross-party group of 40 French government representatives joined French civil society leaders in condemning the attempt by France to block a United Nations resolution that would introduce human rights monitoring in Western Sahara.
The statement signed by Mayors and Councillors from all regions of France and from all political parties apart from the Front Nationale, comes in response to news today that the inclusion of human rights monitoring in a UN Resolution due to be passed today is being obstructed by the French. Measures to protect human rights are believed to have strong support amongst the Security Council, in particular from the UK, Mexico, Uganda, Austria, Brazil and Nigeria. The UN peace keeping force in Western Sahara, MINURSO, is the only contemporary mission without a human rights monitoring mandate.
The French government officials and civil society leaders are currently on a visit to the refugee camps in the Algerian desert where over 165,000 Saharawis have lived for over three decades. The statement reads:
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