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News Archive 2009
News Archive 2008

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European Parliamentarians demand release WS political prisoners
The President of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Western Sahara raised his concern about the situation of the Saharawi political prisoners on hunger strike in Moroccan jails. Read the press release here.
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Norbert Neuser, President of the Intergroup for Western Sahara in the European Parliament, raised his grave concern about the situation of the Saharawi political prisoners in hunger strike detained by Morocco. The Saharawi political activists were detained by Morocco in October 2009 and were not put before a judge yet. The Moroccan authorities said they would face a military trial, even though the activists are civilians. Six of the detained started a hunger strike to protest against their illegal detainment mid March.

Norbert Neuser: "The situation of the political prisoners is getting worrisome, after five weeks of hunger strike. Morocco has to act now: either secure a fair civilian trial or set them free! We cannot accept this endless illegal detention by such a close neighbour to the EU!"

The Members of the Intergroup for Western Sahara in the European Parliament also succeeded in putting the issue as an urgency resolution on the agenda of the Parliament. It would have been debated and voted today in the plenary, had the flight problems this week not caused a postponement of all the foreseen votes of the plenary session in Strasbourg.

Norbert Neuser: "Even if we did not formally vote on the urgency of the detained Saharawi activists in hunger strike this week, the message is clear: The European Parliament strongly urges Morocco to release the political prisoners now!"



15.02 - 2016 / 15.02 - 2016Hunger striking to demand education
13.02 - 2014 / 13.02 - 2014Saharawi journalists jailed for covering protests and plunder
14.11 - 2013 / 14.11 - 2013Morocco hinders Saharawi activist's vital surgery
19.09 - 2013 / 19.09 - 2013Mass Grave Revealed in Western Sahara
31.05 - 2013 / 31.05 - 2013Dutch vessel transporting resources from occupied Western Sahara
10.03 - 2011 / 10.03 - 2011Parties Conclude Another Round of Talks
25.02 - 2011 / 25.02 - 2011Hungering for justice: Saharawi political prisoners on hunger strike
11.02 - 2011 / 11.02 - 2011Take Action for Human Rights Monitoring in Western Sahara
11.02 - 2011 / 11.02 - 2011Germany indicts alleged Moroccan spy
19.12 - 2010 / 19.12 - 2010So much for human rights
27.05 - 2010 / 27.05 - 2010Amnesty International's annual report: Morocco / Western Sahara
18.05 - 2010 / 18.05 - 2010Moroccan court bails three Western Sahara activists
17.05 - 2010 / 17.05 - 2010Guinness World Records challenged over Moroccan flag stunt
08.05 - 2010 / 08.05 - 2010Beware the Warnings of al Qaeda
06.05 - 2010 / 06.05 - 2010The arms sellers countries extend the conflict in Western Sahara
05.05 - 2010 / 05.05 - 2010Fate abducted Saharawi citizen still unknown
29.04 - 2010 / 29.04 - 2010Second Tier Titans clash on Human Rights in Western Sahara
28.04 - 2010 / 28.04 - 2010France opposing Security Council on Human Rights
27.04 - 2010 / 27.04 - 2010Spain in favour of human rights monitoring in Western Sahara?
22.04 - 2010 / 22.04 - 2010European Parliamentarians demand release WS political prisoners

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.
Trailer: Western Sahara, Africa's last colony


Have a look at this teaser for the upcoming documentary "Western Sahara, Africa's last colony". Coming soon.
Book: International Law and the Question of Western Sahara


To our knowledge the first collective book on the legal aspects of the Western Sahara conflict. Available in English and French.