Monthly Archives: March 2007

Nick O’Neill, AWSA President, writes to new UN Sec.General

March 2007. Nick O’Neill has written on behalf of the Australian Western Sahara Association (AWSA) to His Excellency, Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations Organisation as he takes up his new position.  His letter urges Ban Ki Moon to address the urgent matter of the fundamental right of the Saharawi people to self-determination which is seriously at risk.
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Polisario Destroys Second Landmine Stockpile

Geneva/Tifariti, 1 March 2007 – On 27 February, the Polisario Front’s mine action team destroyed 3,321 antipersonnel mines in Tifariti, Western Sahara. This is the Polisario Front’s second stockpile destruction since it signed the Geneva Call “Deed of Commitment for Adherence to a Total Ban on Antipersonnel Mines and for Cooperation in Mine Action” in November 2005.
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US State dep’t: Western Sahara country report 2006

March 6, 2007  Western Sahara – US Department of State, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices  – 2006   Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
US state department reports are important for anyone the least bit sceptical about the usual reports we have from the Saharawi side, as it confirms everything they say about the repression.
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Sahrawi human rights defenders sentenced to year in prison

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL  Public Statement  AI Index:      MDE 29/004/2007    (Public)
News Service No:   046   8 March 2007Morocco/Western Sahara: 
Amnesty International is seriously concerned about the sentencing on 6 March of two Sahrawi human rights defenders, Brahim Sabbar and Ahmed Sbai, to one year in prison by a court in Laayoune.
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