UK government taken to EU Court of Justice over Western Sahara

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 Read more about UK government taken to EU Court of Justice over Western Sahara[…]

WSAF supports hunger strike

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 Read more about WSAF supports hunger strike[…]

UNFair: Despite strong opposition, MINURSO renewed without human rights mandate

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 Read more about UNFair: Despite strong opposition, MINURSO renewed without human rights mandate[…]

The campaign for Western Sahara is heating up!

In a report launched on Monday the UN Secretary General recognised the human rights abuses in the Territory. The report also notes increased concern over the natural resources of Western Sahara, in particular the recent oil exploration. On the same day a new report was published by the Norwegian Students and Academics Association showing evidence Read more about The campaign for Western Sahara is heating up![…]

TAKE ACTION: Protect rights and resources in Western Sahara

In previous years the UN Security Council has voted not to monitor human rights violations in Western Sahara. This is unacceptable. It is time to put pressure on the Security Council and demand they fulfill their duty to the people of Western Sahara. They will be voting in April 2015 so we need to act NOW to Read more about TAKE ACTION: Protect rights and resources in Western Sahara[…]

2015 Campaign – the MINURSO mandate

SPANISH: FASO CAMPAÑA 2015 ARABIC: حملة 2015- مهمة المينورسو Western Sahara Action Forum today begins its campaign to ensure the UN Security Council acts to fulfill its responsibility to supervise a free and fair referendum that will allow the Sahrawi people to express their inalienable right to self-determination. With the annual renewal of MINURSO’s mandate Read more about 2015 Campaign – the MINURSO mandate[…]

Morocco’s illegal phosphate trade

In a new report, Western Sahara Resource Watch has listed all the clients, volumes, values and shipments relating to Morocco’s exports of phosphate rock from Western Sahara. Morocco’s Western Sahara phosphate trade amounts to illegal exploitation of Western Sahara’s natural resources. The trade is Morocco’s primary source of income from the occupied territory. The report Read more about Morocco’s illegal phosphate trade[…]

Saharawi hunger striker in critical condition

Saharawi political prisoner Yahia Mohamed el Hafed has been on hunger strike for nearly 50 days. His health has been rapidly deteriorating and he is now in critical condition, according to Adala UK. Yahia Mohamed El Hafed is a member of the Western Saharan human rights organisation CODESA. He is in detention for his participation Read more about Saharawi hunger striker in critical condition[…]