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By: Hans Corell, Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations
 

Moroccan human rights and political activists Wafae Charaf and Oussama Housne were sentenced to three-year and two-year prison terms respectively in 2014 for “falsely reporting” torture. They were also convicted of slandering Morocco’s police force and ordered to pay compensation, even though neither of them had accused the police. They are prisoners of conscience.

Canned fish brands such as John West and Parmentier will soon sell fish from occupied Western Sahara. The owner of the brands, MW Brands, has begun a partnership with Oceamic Laayoune, a sardine cannery in the occupied territory.
 
Paris-based MW Brands, home to the European tuna brands John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier and Mareblu, had up until recently been buying sardines from Moroccan providers to be processed in its factory based in Peniche, Portugal.
 

Occupation of the Western Sahara continues as international bodies urge for the self determination of Saharawi peoples

The resource-rich Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco since the withdrawal of Spanish colonisers in 1975; an autonomy movement, the People’s Liberation Front of Saguia al-Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario Front), has expressed long-standing claims to an independent territory.

ALGIERS – To mark World Refugee Day, the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) organized a Ramadan iftar (meal served at sunset) at the National Foundation Centre for the Promotion of Youth and Sport Initiatives. Refugees participated, alongside government representatives, diplomats and partners in order to demonstrate that they are ordinary people living through extraordinary circumstances. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s fund (UNICEF) also attended the event, at which UNHCR urged the international community to respond to recent funding cuts.

ALGIERS-An international petition denouncing the violations of human rights committed by Morocco in Western Sahara and prompting the international community and organizations was launched Sunday in Algiers by a group of Algerian journalists.
 

Canned fish brands such as John West and Parmentier will soon sell fish from occupied Western Sahara. The owner of the brands, MW Brands, has begun a partnership with Oceamic Laayoune, a sardine cannery in the occupied territory.
 
Published: 18.06 - 2015 15:57Printer version

Western Sahara Resource Watch | 10.06.2015
European Court of Justice to assess EU-Morocco agri-deal next week
The European Court of Justice will assess the EU-Morocco agricultural agreement over Western Sahara, next Tuesday 16 June 2015, at 9:30 am.

In the spirit of celebrating Africa Month and the diversity of the people living on our continent, EOA is very privileged to share with its readers Catherine Constantinides’ journey to visit the people of Saharawi in North West Africa. Read on as she tells of a forgotten people living in the more dire of circumstances…

By A’isha Biola Raji

The Nigerian movement for solidarity yesterday marched to Moroccan Embassy and United Nation building in Abuja to demand for democratic solution to the decolonization of Western Sahara through a free and fair referendum.

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