Javier Bardem and the forgotten struggle of Western Sahara
Channel 4 News, Oct 7, 2013
Actor Javier Bardem is talking about the post-colonial struggle no-one wants to talk about – his new documentary ‘Sons of the Clouds’ shines a light on the 40 years of oppression for the people of the Western Sahara.
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IC Magazine – Supporting the Indigenous Peoples Movement
By Nationalia • Oct 23, 2013
Moroccan security forces attack protesters who demanded an end to the occupation · Events coincide with a visit by Christopher Ross, who is preparing a new round of negotiations. (cont.)
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Australia Western Sahara Association
For immediate release – 21 October 2013
IMPACT FERTILISERS HALTS PHOSPHATE IMPORTS FROM OCCUPIED WESTERN SAHARA
The Australia Western Sahara Association welcomes the decision by Impact Fertilisers to halt importing phosphates from the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
Mr. Jim Mole, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Impact Fertilisers wrote on 21 October to AWSA stating “Impact Fertilisers has not sourced phosphate rock from Western Sahara for a considerable period of time now…Additionally, we have no current plans to source product from this region in future.”
Cate Lewis, AWSA Vice-President said: “This is excellent news, although it would be even better if the company would undertake not to import this controversial phosphate until the conflict in Western Sahara is settled.”
Promises made over 40 years must be honored
by David Keene, The Washington Times, Sunday 20 October
Last month, a Spanish forensics team called in to examine the remains of six adults and two children found in a mass grave in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara raised anew charges that in seizing the area in the 1970s, the Moroccans had captured or arrested and killed hundreds of Western Saharan civilians. (cont….)
Le Monde diplomatique, 21 October, by Tom Stevenson
In October United Nations envoy to Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, began a diplomatic push to finally blot out one of the darkest stains on the UN’s record.
The visit took in Rabat, Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara, and the territory controlled by the Polisario Front, which fought a 16-year war against the Moroccans. The goal was to break a decades-long deadlock and move toward finally solving the problem of the UN’s last “non self-governing territory” in Africa. (cont….)
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Australia Western Sahara Association Press Release (AWSA) , 3 October 2013
“Melbourne-based fertiliser company, Incitec Pivot is blacklisted by Swedish government pension fund for imports from Western Sahara.
The Swedish government pension fund has divested from Incitec Pivot Ltd as a result of a finding by the Swedish Ethical Council, which stated on 30 September that:
“The recommendations on exclusion of Incitec Pivot Ltd and Potash Corp. are based on both companies being purchasers of phosphate (cont…)
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New York Times: Latitude – Views From Around the World
October 2, 2013,
The Nomads’ No Man’s Land
By HANNAH ARMSTRONG
FREE ZONE, Western Sahara — Some parts of the Sahara are more of a no man’s land than others. The most extreme example is the so-called Free Zone, a strip in the Western Sahara, with territory occupied by Morocco to the west and Algeria to the east. Strewn with mines and inhabited by just a smattering of nomads, the area is controlled by the Polisario Front, a state in exile that has been based in refugee camps in southwestern Algeria since 1976….(cont.)
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by Nadir Bouhmouch: Born in Casablanca and raised in Rabat, Nadir Bouhmouch is an award-winning filmmaker, human rights activist, feminist and film/global justice student at San Diego State University.
“My first encounter with the Sahrawi-Moroccan conflict also happens to be one of the first and most striking memories of my life. Only three years after the ceasefire, I was four years old when my mother, my grandfather and grandmother were on a vacation in Merzouga, a small desert town in south-eastern Morocco just a few kilometers from the Algerian border. During our stay in Merzouga, my mother– a fan of adventure…..(cont.)
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30 September 2013
Photo: Incitec Pivot fertilizer plant in Australia.
The Swedish government pension funds today announced in a press release that it had decided to exclude phosphate importers PotashCorp and Incitec Pivot.
The fund states in the release that engagement with the two companies did not lead to changed practice despite several years of effort, and that the fund’s ethical council “has therefore chosen to terminate the dialogue and issued a recommendation to each fund to exclude the companies’ shares from their investment portfolios. All four funds have elected to follow the recommendation”.
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July 2013 – A study tour of the Saharawi towns of southern Morocco and the occupied territory of Western Sahara has reported to MINURSO about their findings as human rights observers from France, Germany and Australia.
The main purpose of the tour was to test the right of Saharawi political prisoners to receive mail. Through the campaign “Write for their release” (Ecrirepourlesliberer.com), letters sent through the post are known not to reach them, so letters were brought to four prisons to deliver in person to the director of the prison. Only one accepted the letters and promised to pass them on to the prisoners. The delegation also met the families of the prisoners and gave them a copy of the letter sent to their family member.
All the experiences of excessive surveillance, interference with the itinerary and the consequences visited upon Saharawis who receive international delegations are noted.
“We witnessed a whole people under siege, whose resistance is getting stronger even though Morocco’s repression continues”, said the leader of the delegation, Claude Mangin-Asfari, wife of Saharawi political prisoner, Enaâma Asfari, one of the Gdeim Izik group of prisoners.
Study tour report to MINURSO >>