Monthly Archives: February 2021

Trump and U.S. betray the people of Western Sahara

By Kamal Fadel
Independent Australia,  6 January 2021

On December 10, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would recognise Morocco’s claim to Western Sahara in return for it establishing diplomatic relations with Israel.
Western Sahara is a territory considered by the United Nations (UN) as Africa’s last colony, whose people are entitled to the right to self-determination.
Trump’s decision is contrary to what the International Court of Justice concluded in 1975: that Morocco did not have any claim to territorial rights in Western Sahara.(cont….)

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ACTU joins call for a referendum on the self-determination for Western Sahara

5 February 2021

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has reaffirmed its solidarity with the people of Western Sahara and joined unions around the world in calling for the:

  • immediate release of all Saharawi political prisoners in Moroccan jails and the end the repression of Saharawi population in the occupied areas;
  • the withdrawal of the Moroccan occupying troops and the dismantling of the military berm (wall) erected by Morocco;
  • end of the illegal plunder of the Saharawi natural resources.

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YouTube: Western Sahara Activists Facing Oppression While War Is Taking Place

Feb 7, 2021
Sahrawi human rights activists have become singled out for systematic suppression at the hands of Moroccan occupying forces after the outbreak of war last November in Western Sahara, dubbed as Africa’s last colony…
The pro-Western Sahara independence activists, Sultana Khaya and Bachri Ben Talb are an example of what Sahrawis are experiencing in the war-zone of the occupied territory.

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Video: Will Biden reverse decision by Trump? Interview with Professor Stephen Zunes

Democracy Now! February 05, 2021

President Donald Trump broke with decades of U.S. foreign policy in the waning days of his administration and recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, a territory the country has occupied since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. U.S. recognition came as Morocco agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, becoming the fourth Arab nation to do so in recent months…(Amy Goodman interviews Professor Stephen Zunes)

Video of interview with Stephen Zunes

UN Experts Urge Morocco to Release Imprisoned Sahrawi Journalist

7 February 2021
Citing Torture and Lack of Judicial Independence, UN Experts Urge Morocco to Release Imprisoned Sahrawi Journalist

Screenshot of a video showing policemen severely beating two activists in Smara, Western Sahara, on June 7, 2019

On 7 June 2019, videos began to circulate showing Moroccan police brutally beating up a Saharawi journalist in occupied Western Sahara. Today, an UN opinion calling for his release from prison was made public.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for the immediate release of the young Saharawi journalist Walid Salek El Batal in a decision made public today. The opinion was issued during the 89th session of the Working Group and can be found here.

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