March 22, 2017

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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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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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