Monthly Archives: May 2008

Australia Western Sahara Association PRESS RELEASE 28 April 2008

Appeal for release of Brahim Sabbar and all Saharawi political prisoners

Today the Australia Western Sahara Association (AWSA) wrote to Mr Chakib Benmoussa, Moroccan Minister of the Interior asking for the release of Saharawi political detainees, held in Moroccan prisons. Brahim Sabbar is the secretary general of ASVDH, the Saharawi Association for victims of violations of human rights for Saharawis living under Moroccan rule and has been in prison since June 2006 (see:
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The Age, 29 April 2008. Western Sahara and Australian foreign policy

We can help Western Sahara gain independence
by Kamal Fadel, The Age 29 April 2008
NOW that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s first big overseas trip has concluded, and we have a chance to assess the new direction in Australian foreign policy, we can begin to flesh out his “middle power” agenda. A solid speech or a tough talking doorstop in the exalted atmospheres of international geopolitics do not a policy make. Kevin Rudd needs a hook to hang his “middle power” hat on. There is no better hook than Western Sahara.
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