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At the end of April each year, the UN Security Council convenes to discuss the MINURSO mandate, and to decide whether to renew the mandate. For several years, the mandate has been renewed without a human rights monitoring mechanism being added. Until a free and fair referendum is carried out in Western Sahara, WSAF will continue to advocate for human rights monitoring to be included in the MINURSO mandate. Human rights abuses are regularly reported from Western Sahara. This includes violations of freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of movement, the right to a fair trial, the right to an education, freedom from torture, and, of course, the right to self-determination. WSAF does not have a position with regards to the outcome of a referendum, only that the process should be free and fair. This means that independence must be an option for those deemed eligible to vote by the UN. Read on for resources, and to learn more about the WSAF campaign
The following letter was sent to the members of the UN Security Council on behalf of Saharawi civil society organizations – both in the refugee camps and occupied territory – as well as international activist groups and NGOs. On behalf of Saharawi civil society organizations – both in the refugee camps and occupied territory –[…]
WSAF is very concerned about the health of 17 Sahrawi university students currently on hunger strike in the Moroccan prison of Oudaya. The 17 are amongst a group of Saharawi students arrested on 29 January after participating in education protests in Agadir and Marrakech. The Moroccan authorities have accused the students of the murder of[…]
The UN Security Council will start debating MINURSO on Tuesday before the vote on Thursday. It’s time for one final push! If you haven’t done already please email and/or phone the UNSC members. We understand phone calls in particular really make an impression on the UNSC. Contacts are available here. The Secretary General’s report makes[…]
Morocco’s response to the UN Secretary General, following his visit to the Saharawi refugee camps shows utter contempt for him, the UN Security Council and international law. The Secretary General’s promise of increased UN commitment to the people of Western Sahara, whose territory has remained the subject of dispute since Morocco’s invasion 40 years ago, was met with outrage,[…]
The Western Sahara Action Forum offers its full support to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the wake of his visit to the Tindouf refugee camps and the liberated territory east of the berm. After drawing attention to Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara, the Secretary-General has been subject to a shocking barrage of personal insults, with the[…]
The routine violation of human rights continues to be inflicted upon the indigenous people of Western Sahara. This should not be tolerated by an international community of nations that has made extraordinary progress towards giving all the opportunity of a life of dignity and security in recent decades. WSAF aims to help the trend towards[…]
During the first two weeks of October, the United Nations’ Special Political and Decolonization Committee heard petitioners on the question of Western Sahara. The sessions took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York, and the following speech was delivered on behalf of Western Sahara Action Forum (WSAF), and Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW).[…]
The High Court has ruled that a legal claim being brought by the Western Sahara Campaign UK (WSCUK) against DEFRA and HMRC regarding trade agreements with Morocco should be heard in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). WSCUK is an independent voluntary organisation founded in 1984 with the aim of supporting the[…]
WSAF is supporting a hunger strike chain in solidarity with the mother of murdered Saharawi Mohamed Lamine Haidala. Haidala, a 21 year-old pro-independence activist, died in February following a brutal attack by Moroccan settlers. His family report that rather than support Haidala in getting medical help, the Moroccan police arrested and detained him for two[…]
Despite strong efforts from African members and Venezuela, the UN Security Council has renewed MINURSO’s mandate without a human rights mandate. Western Sahara Action Forum statement: We are bitterly disappointed that the UN Security Council has again neglected its duty to the people of Western Sahara; however the status quo cannot continue. The clear statement[…]