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News Archive 2009
News Archive 2008

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Appeal by political prisoner's mother

Lalla Belaamech, mother of Saharawi political prisoner Brahim Dahane, launched an appeal to the international community to save the life of her son, currently on hunger strike for his legitimate rights. Read Lalla's letter here.
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Mother of the Saharawi political prisoner Brahim Dahhane urgently calls upon the international community and the international public opinion to support her son, currently in hunger strike in Salť prison


Itís been more than 2 weeks since my son and his colleagues in Salť and Tiznit prisons started a hunger strike which seriously jeopardizes their lives. My sonís health was already fragile to begin with, as he has always suffered stomach aches.

All his life, Brahim has been a peaceful activist, also in his political stances which he has always expressed in a peaceful way. However, itís due to his political views that he and dozens of others were kidnapped and put in secret detention centers during the eighties. After his release he engaged in a joined protest with other Saharawi activists claiming human rights, as enshrined in the UN declarations, yet denied to them by the Moroccan authorities. Brahim was again arrested in 2005, after requesting an investigation into the murder of a Saharawi civilian by Moroccan police officers. Upon his arrival from family visit to the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria, my son and six of his colleagues were arrested and referred to a military court. This was not the end of our familyís ordeal as his older sister was arrested shortly after while trying to visit Brahim in prison.

Today, on the 18th day of the hunger strike I would like to call upon all the democratic forces, the international community and the international organizations to intervene by demanding the unconditional release of my son and all Saharawi political prisoners.

Lalla Belaamech
Mother of the Saharawi human rights defender Brahim Dahhane, president of ASVDH



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: Donít 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.