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Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sahara: The Case Against Morocco

Juridisk Publikation, Vol. 2, pp. 175-199, 2010

20 Pages Posted: 24 May 2010 Last revised: 23 May 2011

Hanga Sántha

Swedish Section of the International Commission of Jurists

Ylva Lennartsson Hartmann

Swedish Section of the International Commission of Jurists

Mark Klamberg

Stockholm University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 24, 2010

Abstract

Western Sahara is occupied by Morocco. The referendum on the territory’s final status set forth by the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has repeatedly been postponed and the so far brokered proposals have been rejected by both parties. Since the Moroccan occupation the Saharawis have been continuously repressed through arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and attacks of the civilian population, persecution and oppression of peaceful demonstrations. The violation of fundamental human rights is an ongoing issue. It is argued that these violations may constitute crimes against humanity, further on this article suggests that the international community should act as soon as possible to end Moroccan impunity and to make greater efforts for a just and lasting solution of the question of Western Sahara.

Keywords: Western Sahara, Morocco, Crimes Against Humanity

Suggested Citation

Sántha, Hanga and Lennartsson Hartmann, Ylva and Klamberg, Mark, Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sahara: The Case Against Morocco (May 24, 2010). Juridisk Publikation, Vol. 2, pp. 175-199, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1614745

Hanga Sántha

Swedish Section of the International Commission of Jurists ( email )

Stockholm
Sweden

Ylva Lennartsson Hartmann

Swedish Section of the International Commission of Jurists ( email )

33 rue des Bains
Stockholm, 01220
Sweden

Mark Klamberg (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Faculty of Law ( email )

S-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden
+46 8 16 11 90 (Phone)
+46 8 612 41 09 (Fax)

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