March 22, 2017

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We demand that the UNSC take action

90 organisations from across the world have written to members of UN Security Council, demanding an end to Moroccan abuses and a date for the referendum. The following letter was sent to all members of the UN Security Council in advance of the upcoming negotiations on Western Sahara:   End Moroccan Impunity in Western Sahara Read more about We demand that the UNSC take action[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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Briefing 2017: Cracks Opening in Morocco’s position

Several developments over the last year have weakened Morocco’s political position regarding its occupation of Western Sahara. These give hope that, with continued pressure, progress towards a settlement of the conflict may be made. Moroccan provocation As has been widely reported, in August 2016, Morocco risked reigniting the armed conflict by sending its security forces Read more about Briefing 2017: Cracks Opening in Morocco’s position[…]

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Open letter to UN Security Council members

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 – Read more about Open letter to UN Security Council members[…]

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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[…]

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