January 28, 2013

About Us

The Western Sahara Action Forum (WSAF) provides information and resources to support the campaign for the United Nations to live up to its legal and moral obligations to implement a human rights monitoring body in Western Sahara.

Working with a range of governments, non-governmental organizations, trade unions and human rights defenders, WSAF is committed to the universality and indivisibility of human rights under international law.

Independent, reciprocal and accountable human rights monitoring from the UN must be the next step in the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara. WSAF seeks to hold the UN to account for its failure to implement such a mechanism, and to ensure that the Security Council establishes this monitoring as an urgent priority.

The lack of objective information on the nature of the human rights violations in the Western Sahara acts to encourage further distrust between the parties and prolong the conflict. WSAF seeks to underline that objective and neutral human rights monitoring will act as a crucial step in the resolution of this conflict.

WSAF calls for United Nations Security Council to ensure that this year’s resolution on Western Sahara:

  • Implements a comprehensive mechanism, reporting directly to the UNSC, to monitor human rights violations throughout Western Sahara and
  • Takes clear steps towards the full implementation of MINURSO’s mandate, and the referendum on self-determination

The WSAF works in solidarity with the Saharawi people to generate political support in order to advance their right to self-determination and promote their human rights.