UN rights expert unable to carry out visit to Morocco over lack of guarantees

GENEVA (19 March 2019) UN (ohchr.org) .– The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán, has announced that the necessary conditions for his visit to Morocco have not been fulfilled.

“The Government of Morocco has not been able to ensure a programme of work in accordance with the needs of the mandate and the terms of reference for country visits by special procedures,” he said.

The human rights expert was scheduled to visit the country from 20 to 26 March 2019 to examine the impact of measures aimed at ensuring the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and prosecutors, and the independent exercise of the legal profession.

“It is most regrettable that the suggestions of places to visit and schedule of work were not fully taken into consideration by the Government. It is an essential precondition for the exercise of the mandate of Special Rapporteur that I am able to freely determine my priorities, including places to visit,” he said. Read more

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As Morocco tries to obstruct the work of the UN Special Envoy for Western Sahara

Horst KöhlerSource: TSA (Algeria) By: Sonia Lyes August 12, 2018 / EIC Spanish translation for Poemario por un sahara libre

The presentation by Horst Kohler, personal representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara, to the UN Security Council on his recent visit to the region was preceded in the background by Moroccan maneuvers aimed at anticipating and limiting the presentation to a simple fact.

This is revealed in a letter sent by the Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN to the fifteen members of the UN Security Council on August 6, two days before the presentation of Horst Kohler.

“The Security Council will hold its third six-month consultation on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara on 8 August 2018. The meeting was requested by the Secretary-General’s personal representative, Mr. Horst Kohler, the briefing will be only an objective report of the his visit to the region last June, “Omar Hilale (Morocco’s ambassador to the UN in New York) wrote, adding that ” Morocco would have preferred this third presentation and the personal representative would have been heard at a later stage. ” Read more

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Press release of F. Polisario after the announcement by Morocco of the rupture of its diplomatic relations with Iran

Ministry of Information of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

Press release

After the announcement by Morocco of the rupture of its diplomatic relations with Iran, the Frente POLISARIO would like to clarify the following:

1. The Frente POLISARIO noting the decision of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, announced on May 1, 2018, to break diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which it accused of “arming, financing and forming the Front POLISARIO through the Lebanese Shi’ite movement Hezbollah “, I would like to categorically deny such allegations, for lack of any kind of foundation, and that it is nothing more than a pathetic reissue of previous unfounded slander, in which the Kingdom of Morocco tried to take advantage of the regional and international conjuncture in favor of its expansionist agenda.

2. The Kingdom of Morocco aims to adopt this measure, which denotes a banal political opportunism, strengthen its position within the new regional and international variables, as a trick to bypass the process of negotiations with the Saharawi party that was approved by the Security Council in its Resolution 2414 adopted last February 27; what puts Morocco in the difficult position of assuming its responsibilities within six months to collaborate in completing the process of decolonization of Western Sahara in accordance with the principles of international legality and the UN Charter.

3. The Frente POLISARIO also categorically denies the existence of military instructors or the military presence of any foreign power together with the Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army, the armed wing of the POLISARIO Front, which waged the war of national liberation with courage and heroism using exclusively of Sahrawi elements and staff.

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