On 14 April 2015, the home of human rights defender Aminatou Haidar was attacked by Moroccan police as she hosted United Nations representatives to discuss human rights abuses against the Sahrawi people.

April 10, 2015
Washington— Congressman Joe Pitts (PA-16) is calling on the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative to turn down a donation reportedly given by a Moroccan-based company that is exploiting resources in Western Sahara. Western Sahara is contested territory that has been denied a UN-mandated vote of self-determination for more than a decade.

TUNIS — A Spanish judge has ruled that 11 Moroccan former officials should stand trial on charges of genocide in connection with killings and torture in the former Spanish protectorate of Western Sahara from 1976 to 1991.

By Sawi Lutibezi

ADDIS ABABA, 04 APR (NAMPA) - Namibia's Ambassador to Ethiopia and Sudan, Anne Mutelo says the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) is still calling for the self-determination of the Sahrawi people.

The international campaign to get the UN Security Council to introduce human rights monitoring into the MINURSO mandate and take action to prevent the exploitation of Western Sahara's natural resources is growing.
In Switzerland, Terre des Hommes delivered a petition to the Swiss Parliament and Federal Council supporting the call to extend MINURSO's mandate. The petition included the signatures of 45 organisations and individuals.

Graham Clifford

16/03/2015 | 02:30

Mahfuda pauses and manages to fight back the tears. "We have no choice but to keep waiting for the day when our country will be free and we can return home," she tells me calmly, adding "we must never give up. I know a lot of people over in the cemetery here, they died waiting to return to Western Sahara - we can never give up because of those who died here before us under the desert sun."

With Jean-Paul Carteron’s “Welcome to Dakhla” message on the Crans Montana Forum website this morning, it is apparent that he is ignoring the wishes of the people of Western Sahara to cancel his forum and is attempting to go ahead with his events in the illegally occupied non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara. His welcome reads:

On 9 March 2015, a military court in Guelmim sentenced Mr Mbarek Daoudi to three months' imprisonment and a fine of 1000 Moroccan Dirham (approximately €94) on charges relating to “possessing weapons”. Mbarek Daoudi had already spent more than 17 months in pre-trial detention. It is not clear why the authorities did not release the human rights defender given the time already served in pre-trial detention.

Europeans are familiar with efforts, some of them successful, to label agricultural and consumer products produced by Jewish settlers in the West Bank as coming from the Palestinian West Bank, not from Israel, in order to allow consumers to make an educated decision about whether or not they wish to support Israel’s continuing occupation of that territory. A similar effort is now underway in the United Kingdom to label produce coming from Western Sahara.


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