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Western Sahara: UNSC Highlights Morocco’s Achievements in Human Rights

United Nations – The United Nations Security Council adopted on Friday its annual resolution on the renewal of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO. 

In the resolution, which received the yes of 10 members, two against and three abstentions, the UN Security Council highlighted Morocco’s achievements in human rights, notably through the National Human Rights Council (French acronym CNDH) and its branches in Laayoune and Dakhla, as well as the interaction of the Kingdom with the special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council.

In its Resolution No. 2285, adopted by the majority of UN Security Council members extending the MINURSO mandate for one year until 30 April 2017, the Security Council hails the latest measures and initiatives taken by Morocco, and the role of the branches of the National Human Rights Council in Laayoune and Dakhla.

The fifteen members of the UN Security Council also highlights “Morocco’s interaction with the special procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council”, stressing the need to “register” the populations in Tindouf camps, southwest Algeria. The UN executive body also called for making “efforts in this regard.”

The UNSC recalls its endorsement of the recommendation in the report of 14 April 2008 that realism and a spirit of compromise by the parties are essential to achieve progress in negotiations.

The Council also calls upon the parties to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue in order to enter into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations.

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