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News Archive 2009
News Archive 2008



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Moroccan crack-down against group of Saharawi activists
According to the Saharawi press service UPES, hundreds of Moroccan settlers, backed by the police, have attacked a group of 11 Saharawi human rights activists upon their arrival at the airport of the occupied capital of Western Sahara. The activists were reportedly heavily beaten and stripped naked under the orders of the Moroccan police.


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The victims are:
- Sidi Mohamed Dadach (24 years imprisonment)
- Sukeina Jad Ahlu (12 years in Moroccan secret detention camp)
- Najat Khneibili (10 years in Moroccan secret detention camp)
- Ms. Sultana Khaya
- Ms. Aajina Bouhan
- Ms. Fakka Abdadi
- Mr. Hamada Ismaili
- Mr. Hasanna El Wali
- Mr. El Mahjoub Aoulad Cheikh
- Mrs. Ameilmnin Sueyah
- Ms. Fadah Aghla Manhum

The foreign observers accompanying the group are said to have been hindered in their attempt to return on the same plane as the activists.

The activists were returning from a visit to the Saharawi refugee camps in Tindouf, southwest Algeria. Official Saharawi sources claim they've met up with their relatives and assessed the living conditions in the camps.

A group of 7 Saharawi human rights activists, who made the same trip last September, was arrested by the Moroccan authorities at the airport of Casablanca on 8 October 2009. They are currently in Salé prison waiting to face a military court and a possible death sentence - the penalty for the crime they’re accused of: treason.

Five of these seven activists started a hunger strike on 18 March, claiming their fundamental rights as prisoners of conscience. Dozens of other imprisoned Saharawi activists have joined their starvation protest.

Read more:
Health Sahrawi political prisoners on hunger strike deteriorating
Appeal by political prisoner's mother







    

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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






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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

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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

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