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Thursday, August 11, 2022
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British NGO, Freedom for All, has expressed regret that the recent report of the UN Office of the Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Moroccan Sahara and the refugees camps in Tinfoud, western Algeria would undermine the "impartiality and objectivity of the office's reputation and have "unfortunate" consequences on the UN and the OHCHR.

The NGO's criticism stems from the fact that the UN body's report on the situation in the Polisario-run camps was only based on "hearsay" rather on accurate evidence, the NGO wrote in a letter to the OHCHR head, Louise Arbour.

The report was coached following the OHCHR mission (May 15/23 and June 19, 2006) to the Moroccan Sahara - a territory claimed, since 1976, by the Polisario, with the support of Algeria - and to the Polisario-run Tindouf camps, western Algeria where thousands of Moroccans are kept against their will since the mid-Seventies.

Freedom for All deemed that the UN body had to "curtail its activities and declare the investigative mission impractical and unviable” since it was unable to obtain the requisite permits to enter the refugee camps in Tindouf and to “talk to those living under the Polisario Front’s control.”

This failure, the NGO hammered, “compromises the credibility and ability of the OHCHR in the future to investigate human rights’ abuses objectively and accurately.”

The NGO wonders how the human rights body could draw any conclusions since it failed “in its own words” to obtain any evidence from its visit to the camps, and concludes that “the OHCHR should not have attempted to write a report.”

 

 

 

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