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News Archive 2009
News Archive 2008

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Emprisoned Saharawi activist wins human rights award

Saharawi human rights defender Ali Salem Tamek was awarded the first ever 'José Manuel Méndez' prize by the  Assembly for Tenerife (AXT), a coalition of residents', environmental and left-wing groups,
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According to AXT, the 'José Manuel Méndez' memorial prize is awarded to people who devote their lives to the defence "of life, human rights and social justice".

Ali Salem Tamek, founder and vice-president of the Saharawi human rights organisation CODESA, was born in Assa in 1973.  He's married and father of a little daughter, Thawra. Tamek has been arrested and tortured a number of times due to his work in support of self-determination in Western Sahara.

There seems to be no end to his ordeal. He's been denied the right to work, his passport has been repeatedly confiscated for long periods of time and he wasn't allowed to finish his study of journalism. He's not the only member of his family to suffer serious human rights infringements: while visiting her husband in prison in 2005, Tamek's wife Aicha Chafia was raped by 5 Moroccan policemen.

Ali Salem Tamek is currently jailed together with five other Saharawi activists. They were arrested in October 2009 after returning from a visit to the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria. The arrest has been vigorously condemned by organisations such as Amnesty International, the Robert Kennedy Foundation and Frontline Defenders - who all agree that these six activists have only been jailed because of their work as human rights activists and because of their political views.



News archive:
14.04 - 2010RFK and HRW call for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
10.04 - 2010Morocco to appoint a Polisario deserter Ambassador to Spain
09.04 - 2010Morocco must end harassment of Sahrawi activists
05.04 - 2010Worldwide appeal for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
06.04 - 2010Moroccan crack-down against group of Saharawi activists
04.04 - 2010Appeal by political prisoner's mother
02.04 - 2010Health Sahrawi political prisoners on hunger strike deteriorating
16.03 - 2010Emprisoned Saharawi activist wins human rights award
05.03 - 2010First EU-Morocco summit: Don’t forget human rights in Western Sahara
05.03 - 2010Take action for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
24.02 - 2010European Parliament's lawyers declare EU fishing illegal
12.02 - 2010Parties to Western Sahara dispute commit to further UN-backed talks
09.02 - 2010Parties in Western Sahara dispute to hold new round of talks tomorrow
28.01 - 2010Morocco slammed for Sahara travel ban
23.01 - 2010Peak phosphorous: mankind's latest threat
18.12 - 2009Activist's "victory" over Morocco puts Sahara back on world agenda
18.12 - 2009Activist heads home after ending hunger strike
17.12 - 2009As UN Council meets on Western Sahara, ill Haidar is freed
17.12 - 2009Western Sahara hunger striker taken to hospital
05.12 - 2009AU calls on Moroccan authorities to allow return of rights activist

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.