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UN extends peacekeeping mandate in Western Sahara without a rights monitoring mechanism

The United Nations Security Council, Tuesday, renewed its peacekeeping MINURSO mission in the North African territory of Western Sahara for another year, reports Reuters.

An unanimously adopted resolution stressed ‘the importance of improving the human rights situation in Western Sahara and the Tindouf camps, whilst encouraging the parties to work wit he international community to develop and implement independent and credible measures to ensure full respect for human rights.’

The failure of the resolution to mandate the peacekeeping mission to monitor and report human rights abuses in the region, received criticism form rights groups and UN officials.