Deutsche Welle, DW.Com
Habib Mohaed, refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria
Little is known about the longest minefield on the planet beyond the people it’s meant to keep out. Meet a man who has lived on both sides of the wall. And chose to be a refugee. (cont.)
Al Fanar News and Opinion about Arabic Higher Education
Brennan Weiss / 06 Oct 2015
AGADIR, Morocco–In a small, dilapidated apartment in Agadir, in southern Morocco, student activists are meeting in secret. In defiance of the country’s authorities, they are planning protests for the independence of a disputed territory claimed by Morocco that is commonly called the Western Sahara.(cont.)
Human Rights Watch, October 2, 2015
Statement Regarding Human Rights Watch Activities in Morocco
(Tunis) – Human Rights Watch issued the following statement on October 2, 2015, in response to a demand from the Moroccan government to suspend Human Rights Watch activities in the country:
“Human Rights Watch is disappointed with the demand from the Morocco government’s spokesman in a letter dated September 23, 2015, that Human Rights Watch suspend its activities in the country, and with the letter’s unspecified accusations of bias. (cont.)
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), 547th meeting 26 September 2015,
The Peace and Security Council at the level of Heads of State and Government, adopted the following decision on the situation in Western Sahara:
1. Takes note of the briefing given by the Commission on the situation in Western Sahara, as well as of the statement made by the representative of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR);
2. Recalls its earlier pronouncements on the situation in Western Sahara,
The Annual General Meeting of the Australia Western Sahara Association (Victoria) was held on 1 October in Melbourne.
Mona Khizam’s talk, entitled “Sahara Libre – Camp Notes” was based on experiences during a visit in 2009 with a Swedish study group from the Jakobsbergs Folkhôgskola to the Saharawi Refugee Camps. Mona showed the audience items illustrating Saharawi culture, including an incense burner, some jewellery, a leather tobacco pouch etc. Continue reading →
Professor Stephen Zunes, The Huffington Post 30 September 2015
Stephen Zunes writes of Morocco’s continuing violation of the UN codification of the rights of non-self-governing people to control their own natural resources. This longstanding international legal principle involves the nation of Western Sahara, the former Spanish colony invaded, occupied, and annexed by Morocco in 1975. (…cont.)
by Katharine Fortin, Armed Groups and International Law, September 2, 2015
On 21 June 2015, the Polisario Front made the unilateral declaration on behalf of the people of Western Sahara to the Swiss Federal Council that it undertook to apply the 1949 Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I to the conflict between it and the Kingdom of Morocco. Remarkably it is the very first time that the Swiss Federal Council has accepted such a declaration by a national liberation movement and a non State entity under international law.
Sahara Press Service, Pretoria (South Africa), Sept 15, 2015 (SPS)
The South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma called today on the United Nations to set a date for a referendum of the Saharawi people to decide their fate, in his speech on International Relations Peace and Security to Heads of Missions and Media in Pretoria.(…cont.)
Johannes Hautaviita, The Empire Files 17 September 2015
Photo: Sahara Press Service
In a recent development, which is all too familiar, an Irish oil company San Leon Energy began drilling south of Morocco’s border, on the north-western coast of occupied Western Sahara. For the oil drilling – and other resource extraction – to have legal validity, however, it ought to be carried out with the consent and in the interest of the occupied population.
The Sahrawi people have explicitly stated their opposition to San Leon’s activities.(…cont.)
Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the current state of freedom of information in the Kingdom of Morocco, where French President François Hollande is due to begin a two-day visit on Saturday.
Moroccan journalists who violate the taboos on criticizing Islam, the monarchy or the country’s claim to Western Sahara are liable to receive heavy fines or long jail terms.