Monthly Archives: September 2010

Violence clash averted in Western Sahara stand-off

Stefan Simanowitz reports from Algier
“I have just lived through one of the most terrifying experiences of my life” renowned Spanish actor Willy Toledo, tells me over the phone in the early hours of Tuesday morning. He, together with six other international observers had just accompanied 28 Saharawi human rights defenders on their trip back from an international conference in Algeria to their home in Layoune, Western Sahara, the mineral-rich former Spanish colony controlled by Morocco…..(read full report >>)

Moroccan military court declares itself incompetent to try “Casablanca 7”


Saharawi Association of Victims of Serious Violatons of Human Rights committed by the Moroccan state (ASVDH)
El Aaiun, Western Sahara  – 23/09/2010
Today, 23/09/10, the instructing judge informed the three Saharawi prisoners of opinion incarcerated in Salé prison, that they were no longer being prosecuted by the military court, which had declared itself incompetent.

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AWSA’s protest about the phosphate importations has gone international

AWSA’s protest about the phosphate importations has gone international with the latest shipment to Hobart aboard Christine O becoming news on
international websites, with links in Switzerland and now Germany.
See stories at these links below:

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8 Swiss parliamentarians protest ethics of Tasmanian company

Australia Western Sahara Association

Press release – for immediate release
10 September 2010

This afternoon, a bulk vessel is set to arrive port of Risdon, Hobart, Tasmania, with phosphate rock plundered from occupied Western Sahara.

The trade to Tasmania takes place in violation of international law, and contributes to prolong one of the longest running conflicts in Africa. The cargo will be on board the vessel ‘Christine O’.

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Letter from Socialist Alliance to HE Mr Jose Luis Rodriguez, President of the Spanish government

“We are writing to bring to your attention the situation in Western Sahara and kindly request you forward this letter to HE Mr Jose Luis Rodriguez, President of the Spanish government.

The Socialist Alliance notes that Morocco invaded and illegally occupied Western Sahara in 1975. which led more than 165,000 Saharawis to flee their homeland and seek refuge in South West Algeria for the past 35 years in dire conditions.
Read letter….