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.

Melbourne — Deakin University's Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights and the Australian Western Sahara Association will hold a conference in Melbourne entitled: Natural Resources - the Key to Western Sahara's Future, 19-20 March 2015.

To: Jean-Paul Carteron, Crans Montana Forum
Fr: United States Citizens for Western Sahara
Re: Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, Western Sahara, March 12-14

Western Sahara is the last remaining colony in Africa; and here in the United States, African-Americans are still a colonized people.
Generally, colonialism is defined as the occupation of a sovereign territory along with the control and oppression of a sovereign group or nation by another where the oppressed group becomes totally dependent on the colonial state.

TINDOUF, Algeria (Boujdour Refugee Camp)—Khadaja Mami believes leaders of the Polisario Front, which represents her people, are right to press the United Nations to make Morocco obey resolutions denying its right to occupy her homeland and allow her people to vote to decide their future.
She wasn’t born when her mother fled Western Sahara as Morocco invaded the North African territory and the Saharawi people fled to nearby Algeria.


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