WSAF Briefing 2019: The Time is Now

Over the last year, Horst Köhler, the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy to Western Sahara, has made some progress. In December 2018, he organised the first roundtable meeting of the parties to the conflict, Morocco and the POLISARIO Front, and of Algeria and Mauritania. Conflict specialists the International Crisis Group have identified this as a sign Read more about WSAF Briefing 2019: The Time is Now[…]

Open Letter to the UN Security Council

Open letter to the UN Security Council from international Western Sahara solidarity groups Your Excellency As representatives of human rights organisations, civil society, and solidarity groups from around the world, we are writing to you to place on record our strong belief that the status quo in Western Sahara is unacceptable. We urge the Security Read more about Open Letter to the UN Security Council[…]

All about the money: Morocco’s plundering of Western Sahara

Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara is all about the money. Morocco benefits economically from its occupation of Western Sahara by plundering the natural resources of the territory; resources that could enable the rightful owners of the land, the Saharawi, to support all of their people. The natural resources Morocco is plundering from Western Sahara include: Read more about All about the money: Morocco’s plundering of Western Sahara[…]

Moroccan miscarriages of justice: unfair trials for Saharawis

Since 2012, our partners Adala UK have been reporting on the unfair trials of Saharawis, detained for exercising their freedom of expression with regard their right to self-determination. The list of human rights abuses in relation to unfair trials and imprisonment is a long one for the Saharawis living under Moroccan occupation: trials in military Read more about Moroccan miscarriages of justice: unfair trials for Saharawis[…]

Morocco continues arbitrary expulsions of international observers

Over the last few years the number of international independent human rights observers that Morocco has expelled from the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara has been rapidly increasing. Adala UK and the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara have reported on this a number of times recently. Adala UK reports that the number of observers expelled Read more about Morocco continues arbitrary expulsions of international observers[…]

Briefing 2018: We can break the deadlock

Progress towards a political solution to the conflict in Western Sahara remains deadlocked. For the Saharawi, the day-to-day grim reality of stalemate persists. All continue to be denied the right to self-determination which the UN ceasefire agreement promised them some 26 years ago. Morocco continues its efforts to gain economically from the occupation of the Read more about Briefing 2018: We can break the deadlock[…]

Briefing 2017: Natural Resources

Moroccan attempts to profit from the natural resources of Western Sahara received a major setback in the Court of Justice of the European Union in December 2016. The ruling recognises that Western Sahara has a “separate and distinct status” from Morocco; and therefore that the EU-Morocco trade liberalisation agreement is not applicable to trade involving Read more about Briefing 2017: Natural Resources[…]

Briefing 2017: Human Rights

Despite shifting sands at international level, for the Saharawi people, the day-to- day grim reality of stalemate persists. All continue to be denied the right to self-determination which the UN ceasefire agreement promised them some 26 years ago. Those living under Moroccan rule in the occupied portion of Western Sahara suffer repression of their freedom Read more about Briefing 2017: Human Rights[…]