Monthly Archives: October 2010

AWSA press release expresses concern at the killing of a 14 year old boy

Australia Western Sahara Association
Press Release – 26 October 2010
AWSA issued a press release expressing concern at the killing of a 14 year old boy on Sunday by Moroccan troops and calling on the Australian government to press for the protection of the Saharawi civilian population living under Moroccan rule.

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British MPs condemn Teenager’s death

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 25.10.10
MPs condemn Teenager’s death as Moroccan forces open fire on Saharawi protestors

MPs have today condemned last nights shooting in which a 14 year old Saharawi boy was killed and several others injured by the Moroccan Security Forces surrounding the Gdeim Izik protest camp in Moroccan occupied Western Sahara.

Over 10,000 Saharawi (Western Saharan) protesters moved out of cities across Western Sahara in a mass exodus on the 9th October

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Amnesty issues statement about Sahrawi activists on trial for visiting refugee camps

Sahrawi activists on trial for visiting refugee camps
14 October 2010   

Amnesty International on Thursday called on the Moroccan authorities to immediately and unconditionally release three Sahrawi activists set to face trial following their visit to refugee camps in Algeria run by the Polisario Front. The trial of Brahim Dahane, Ali Salem Tamek and Ahmed Nasiri, begins on Friday in the Court of First Instance, Casablanca. All have been accused of “undermining (Morocco’s) internal security”.Amnesty International said it considers the three men to be prisoners of conscience.
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Achieving justice for Africa’s East Timor – book launch in Melbourne

Australian Book Launch at the New International Bookshop, Melbourne of Stephen Zunes & Jacob Mundy, Western Sahara: war, nationalism & conflict irresolution (University of Syracuse Press)

Roger Clark, a professor of international law at Rutgers Law School, New Jersey, USA in launching this important new work by his colleagues, Zunes and Mundy, recommended everyone to buy the book. He read some excerpts to give the audience a flavour of the clear prose and clear thinking of the authors and he talked about the legal issues in the conflict.
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Melbourne 13 October, 6.30pm: Underground Talk and Book launch

6:30PM WEDNESDAY 13 OCTOBER
Underground Talk presents:
Roger Clark, Professor, International Law, Rutgers Law School, USA
“Western Sahara: Achieving justice for Africa’s East Timor”

Launch of the latest book by Stephen Zunes & Jacob Mundy (Syracuse University Press) 
Western Sahara; War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution

This major new book brings up to date earlier studies of the conflict in the last colony in Africa
Where: NEW INTERNATIONAL BOOKSHOP
TRADES HALL, CNR VICTORIA & LYGON STS, CARLTON
6.30pm

Entry: $5/ $2 concession. More info: (ph) 9662 3744, (email) nibs@nibs.org.au

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Seminar on Self-Determination and Western Sahara in Melbourne

A seminar was held on 13th September at Melbourne University’s Law School, under the title “Self-determination and Western Sahara”, hosted by Professor Gerry Simpson as a Global Justice Studio event.

Professor Simpson opened proceedings with some very interesting remarks about self-determination. He traced the origins of the concept to the time of the French Revolution with its Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789) and in the American Bill of Rights (1791).
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