By: Congressman Joe Pitts
A “ghost, a living dead, a young woman back from a kind of hell that bears no name.”
These are the words of Aminatou Haidar, a human rights activist from Western Sahara, upon her release in 1991 from captivity by Moroccan security officials. Ms. Haidar hails from Western Sahara, a coastal nation just south of Morocco.
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By Margarita Windisch
The 6th Congress of the Western Sahara General Union of Saguia El Hamra and Rio de Oro Workers (UGTSARIO) took place from October 19-21, 2008, in El Aaiun, one of four Saharawi refugee camps in the Hamada desert in south-west Algeria.
Three Australian trade unionists (two from the Australian Workers Union –AWU — and one from the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance — MEAA) travelled thousands of kilometres to attend the congress
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Remarks by Aminatou Haidar
25th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, November 13th, 2008
Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC
Saharawi human rights activist addressed the audience participating to the reception organised on her honour last Thursday in Washington where she received the Robert Kennedy Award for Human Rights.
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Africa’s Last Colony
Gilonne d’Origny 11.15.08, 12:00 AM ET
On Nov. 13 in Washington a brave woman named Aminatou Haidar was presented with the Robert Kennedy Human Rights Award. She has risked her life under Moroccan oppression to protect her fellow Sahrawi, the people of Western Sahara, who have suffered oppression, torture, kidnappings and murder at the hands of Morocco.
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The National Workshop on the Future of Phosphorus organised by Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) http://www.isf.uts.edu.au/contact/index.html was held on 14 November 2008.
Radio program: Western Sahara is mentioned at: 02.01.00
Shareholders question Wesfarmers over divestment by ethical fund-holders. Phosphate importations from Western Sahara to blame
A group of Western Sahara friends including Wesfarmers shareholders asked many questions to the management of Wesfarmers during its Annual General Meeting held in Perth on 13 November 2008: http://www.wesfarmers.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=60. The questions concerned the involvement of Wesfarmers subsidiary CSBP in the illegal exploitation of phosphate rock from Western Sahara. Continue reading
Moroccan colonial court in the southern city of Morocco, Gulemim, sentenced the Saharawi journalist and writer, Mustapha AbdDaiem, Tuesday 4 November, to 3 years imprisonment and 5000 Moroccan dirham fine, because of his political opinions.
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The following waa presented to the United Nations Hearing on the Western Sahara on October 7-8, 2008
Presentation by Alouat Hamoudi Abdelfatah >>
A large audience of over a hundred was welcomed to Melbourne Filmoteca by Tristan Vasquez for their special film night in collaboration with the Australia Western Sahara Association entitled “Whatever happened to the Spanish Sahara?” held on 7 October at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square, Melbourne.
Two Spanish films : the charming and wistful, Lalia by Silvia Munt and the interesting and amusing Cubarawi Women by Antonio Marquez, were both received enthusiastically. Continue reading
The Human Rights Sub Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade met on Tuesday 23 September in the Australian Parliament in Canberra to look into the question of human rights for Saharawi people living under Moroccan occupation in Western Sahara.