"Eleven UN special procedures have visited Morocco, including its Saharan cities in Dakhla and Laayoune, and have had free and total access to all stakeholders, including civil society"
Algeria has not hidden on Thursday its bitterness, frustration and disappointment at the absence of any reference in the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to supposed human rights abuses in the Moroccan Sahara.
Losing support and credibility within the Council, its so-called joint statement was only supported by a small group of countries with no impact at the level of the Human Rights Council, such as Namibia and Zimbabwe whose nternal human rights registry should encourage them to be modest and be inspired by the Moroccan experience pioneering in this field.
Persistent in its schizophrenia, Algeria, which claims not to be involved in the Moroccan Sahara issue, carried out a real propaganda campaign and anti-Moroccan political approaches in Geneva, including by framing separatists and detractors of the Kingdom and by taking charge of their participation and anti-Moroccan activities.
In response to Algerian actions, Kingdom Ambassador Mohamed Aujjar made a statement on behalf of 21 countries in which he highlighted Rabat's firm commitment to the promotion and effective protection of human rights over all national territory.
"Eleven UN special procedures have visited Morocco, including its Saharan cities of Dakhla and Laayoune where they have had free and total access to all stakeholders, including representatives of local civil society," he said.
The United Nations, he continued, welcomed in 2015 a technical mission of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is strictly bilateral in nature and aims at strengthening the capacity of national institutions.
He pointed out that OHCHR appreciated the smooth running of this technical mission, which enabled it to meet with various interlocutors in Rabat, Laayoune and Dakhla. He also welcomed the support given to him by the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), through its two regional commissions. The Security Council expressed, in its last resolution, its satisfaction with the realization of this technical mission.
The Sahara issue, Mr. Aujjar added, is a political dispute managed in New York where the executive body of the United Nations is making efforts to facilitate a political, negotiated and mutually acceptable solution.
"Morocco is continuing its process of strengthening its national framework for the promotion and effective protection of human rights, including in the Sahara," he said.
The economic and socio-cultural conditions continue to improve in the interest of promoting full enjoyment of human rights by the inhabitants of the Sahara where structuring projects have been launched.
The participation and involvement of the local population in these development projects, as well as their massive participation in all national elections, as was the case in the last parliamentary elections of October 2016, is the best proof of their attachment to the unity and territorial integrity of the country, the ambassador said.
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