Monthly Archives: January 2007

Events in Western Sahara – 2007

The year 2007 will be the International Year of Solidarity with the Saharawi People.
Within this framework, a conference of international solidarity will be held in Tifariti (the liberated areas of Western Sahara) from the 24th to the 28th of February. This event will coincide with the commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the proclamation of the Saharawi Republic and the annual Sahara Marathon. Those wishing to participate in the events mentioned could contact AWSA to facilitate their trip.

The Society for Threatened Peoples International (GfBV)

REPORT: Morocco’s Repression in the Western Sahara is Increasing: Almost 700 Arrested in 2006.   GfBV reported on Monday, Jan. 22, 2007 on a considerable increase in the violations of human rights in the areas of the West Sahara controlled by Morocco.
The human rights organization showed in a report the arrest of 685 Saharauis in 2006 — 
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SADR / Kenya. World Social Forum, Nairobi

21/01/2007 – Denunciation of Moroccan human rights violations in Western Sahara in the World Social Forum     (Special Envoy)    Nairobi, (SPS)   The second day of the 7th World Social Forum, held in Nairobi from the 20 to the 25 January, was marked by an energetic condemnation of the flagrant Moroccan human rights violations   Continue reading

Landmines kill two officials, girl in W.Sahara

Tue 23 Jan 2007 12:46:34 GMT  RABAT, Jan 23 (Reuters)
A young girl and a town mayor in Western Sahara died in two landmine explosions, four days after a member of parliament was killed in a similar blast, officials said on Tuesday. The rare succession of mine blasts prompted Moroccan newspapers to speculate they could be part of a plot by the Polisario Front to end a 16-year U.N.-sponsored ceasefire.   Continue reading

UNHCR Mission to assess food situation in Sahrawi refugee camps

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 23 January 2007, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Today, nutrition and food management specialists from UNHCR and WFP will start a 12-day mission to the Sahrawi refugee camps in western Algeria to assess the dire food  Continue reading

Illegal importation of phospate into Australia

Give Sahara just deserts, by Daniel Breen 
Published in Geelong Advertiser, 10 January 2007, page 10
(See also AWSA Press Release  9 Jan 2007)
HUMAN Rights advocates have called on fertiliser company Incitec Pivot to stop importing phosphate from a disadvantaged African colony.  Incitec Pivot currently imports phosphate from Western Sahara but the money goes to Morocco
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Sahara Marathon 2007 – February 26th

p5.jpgThe Sahara Marathon is an international sport event to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people and run by the Saharawi Sport Committee.   The route symbolically connects the three refugee camps of Smara, Auserd and ElAyoun, and leads runners through a desert which has been the home of Saharawi refugees for 30 years.