A.I. urgent action

Amnesty International started an urgent action in favour of Abderrahman Brahim Atman and Mohamed El Yaddassia, who are reported to have "disappeared" after being arrested on 10 December 1997 in Bir Gandouz, in the south of Western Sahara, by members of the Moroccan security forces (as announced by AFAPREDESA last week). Amnesty International fears they may be facing torture or ill-treatment in secret detention. The two men were reportedly arrested for their support of the Polisario Front. The human rights organization appeals to its members to write to the Moroccan authorities.


According to Moroccan sources the Polisario observers in the identification centers of Tan-Tan and El Ayoun opposed the registration of the applicants of the Ait Lahsen tribe. In a press release members of this tribe denounced what they call "a serious discrimination against all other Sahrawi tribes"... (MAP)

New UN Special Representative for W.S.

Charles F. Dunbar, a retired US American foreign service officer, will serve as U.N. special representative for the Western Sahara. President of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Middle East expert, Dunbar was ambassador to Afghanistan, Qatar and Yemen as well as special assistant on Afghanistan affairs in the State Department. Earlier he has also been posted at U.S. embassies in Tehran, Algiers, Rabat and Nouakchott and speaks French, Arabic and Farsi. Since 1993 he is President of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.


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