Hunger striking to demand education 15.02 - 2016 20:53 Ali Salem Tamek, a well-known human rights defender from Western Sahara, is undertaking an open-ended hunger strike to demand his right to a university education – something he claims the Moroccan government is barring him from.
Mass Grave Revealed in Western Sahara19.09 - 2013 A new report documents the discovery of eight executed Sahrawis in Western Sahara. The executions have not previously been known and shed light on Morocco’s secrecy with regard to previous disappearances.Read more
Parties Conclude Another Round of Talks10.03 - 2011 Humanitarian News, 10 March 2011 - Representatives of the parties to the Western Sahara dispute, Morocco and the Frente Polisario, today wrapped up another round of talks, during which both sides continued to reject each other's proposal as a sole basis for future negotiations, United Nations envoy Christopher Ross said.
Take Action for Human Rights Monitoring in Western Sahara11.02 - 2011 Recent tragic events in Western Sahara demonstrate the urgent need for human rights monitoring. MINURSO, the UN mission in Western Sahara, is the only contemporary UN peacekeeping mission in the world without a mandate to monitor human rights. In April the UN will address the renewal of MINURSO's mandate - we must ACT NOW to make sure that this time human rights monitoring is included!Read more
So much for human rights19.12 - 2010 By Jeremy Harding. Two things we can learn about Morocco’s illegal occupation of Western Sahara from the US embassy in Rabat, courtesy of WikiLeaks: 1) it’s a source of personal revenue for Moroccan army officers but 2) everything’s fine really.Read more
Moroccan court bails three Western Sahara activists18.05 - 2010 AFP - A Moroccan court has granted bail to three of six Western Sahara activists who were arrested last October on their return from refugee camps at Tindouf in Algeria, their lawyer said Tuesday. Picture: Rachid Sghayer leaving prisonRead more
Beware the Warnings of al Qaeda08.05 - 2010 The Atlantic Online - In countries where media are significantly restricted, and governments are more invested in how terror attacks are interpreted, an al Qaeda bias can be the stuff of high-stakes political capital.Read more
The arms sellers countries extend the conflict in Western Sahara06.05 - 2010 Guin Guin Bali - The Security Council of the United Nations has decided to extend its mandate in Western Sahara. Without the obligation of safeguarding Human Rights. Several permanent seats of the Security Council are in the hands of the main armaments sellers to Algeria and Morocco, engaged in an arms race allowed by the international community. Not being able to propose a solution to the conflict means extending the success of the arms market.Read more
Fate abducted Saharawi citizen still unknown05.05 - 2010 According to the Saharawi Collective of Human Rights Defenders, CODESA, a Saharawi citizen with Italian residence was abducted by Moroccan police officers in El Aaiún on 28 April. Read CODESA's report here.
Africa's last colony
Since 1975, three quarters of the Western Sahara territory has been illegally occupied by Morocco. The original population lives divided between those suffering human rights abuses under the Moroccan occupation and those living in exile in Algerian refugee camps. For more than 40 years, the Saharawi await the fulfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.