WSAF stands in solidarity with imprisoned Sahrawi hunger strikers

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 Read more about WSAF stands in solidarity with imprisoned Sahrawi hunger strikers[…]

UN debate MINURSO this week

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 Read more about UN debate MINURSO this week[…]

Open letter to members of the UN Security Council

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, Read more about Open letter to members of the UN Security Council[…]

WSAF stands by Secretary-General and MINURSO

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 Read more about WSAF stands by Secretary-General and MINURSO[…]

WSAF 2016 Briefing

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 Read more about WSAF 2016 Briefing[…]

UN fourth committee discusses Western Sahara

  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). Read more about UN fourth committee discusses Western Sahara[…]

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![…]