Jamie Parker, Member of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales recently recognised the work of the Australia Western Sahara Association in a Community Recognition Statement read in Parliament on 23 March 2022.
Community Recognition Statement “Today I would like to recognise the work of the Australia Western Sahara Association whose aim is to raise awareness and promote the Saharawi cause in Australia. The independence struggle in Western Sahara closely mirrors that of the East Timorese. In 1975 when the colonial power Spain withdrew, the neighbouring country, Morocco, invaded. Many Saharawi fled to desert refugee camps. A war ensued until a UN-sponsored ceasefire was declared in 1991 when a referendum was promised. …(cont.)
In response to increasing concerns about the status and safety of Sahrawi activists in Western Sahara, particularly following five separate issues in April, Amnesty International has issued a call for an investigation into police and security forces who are said to have assaulted five Sahrawi women who voiced support for Sultana Khaya.
The details of the attack are serious and are outlined in Amnesty’s call for action following its own investigation. Amnesty’s extensive report on the violence faced by the five women was published on 27 May and can be found here.
13 April 2022 The New York Support Group has sent an open letter to the members of the UN Security Council in anticipation of the meeting on 20 April on the mandate of MINURSO.
Group members V. Ramos (AAJ) and A. Al Hussain (CONASADH) ask Western Sahara support groups to circulate it immediately to your social networks, to the media in Australia, as well as to political representatives (parties, parliamentarians, members of the government, foreign ministry officials).
Amy Goodman talks with Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco
“The disparity between U.S. treatment of the two countries reveals Western hypocrisy and discrimination when it comes to countries that are not white, Christian and European, says Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco. He adds that U.S. policy on Western Sahara emboldens Putin’s claims on Ukraine (cont…),
The forum is to be held in Tunisia in August 2022. Friends of Western Sahara Japan and Africa Japan Forum (AJF) are calling on the Japanese government to include Western Sahara just like the EU-AU summit did in Brussels.
They demand that Western Sahara (SADR) be included in the list of invitees of the Japanese government. As the EU-AU summit in last February included Western Sahara, there is no reason that Japan excludes it.
In an exclusive interview, Democracy Now speaks with prominent Sahrawi human rights activist Sultana Khaya in occupied Western Sahara. Moroccan authorities have held her and her family under de facto house arrest for nearly 500 days, where she has been subjected to harassment and sexual abuse. A delegation of U.S.-based activists arrived at her home last week to break the siege and ward off police surveillance.
Guests Adrienne Kinne, peace activist, former U.S. Army sergeant and former president of Veterans for Peace. Sultana Khaya, prominent Sahrawi human rights activist. Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco.
‘We are being told by the West to simply accept our reality—the reality of occupation,’ Sahrawi journalist Nazha El Khalidi tells Tribune. ‘Why don’t we have the same right to self-determination as the Ukrainians? This hypocrisy shows you the real face of Europe and Spain, who are more interested in our land and resources than in the people of Western Sahara.’ (cont….)
Sunday 27 February 2022 marked the 46th anniversary of the proclamation of the Saharawi Republic (SADR) following Spain’s abrupt withdrawal after almost a hundred years of colonialism.
On Friday 25 February In recognition of this anniversary the flag of Western Sahara was raised in solidarity at Leichhardt Town Hall by Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne.
(Image: Shane Teehan)
Also attending the flag-raising ceremony were Jamie Parker MP, Kamal Fadel (Polisario Representative Australia and New Zealand), Lesley Osborne, Secretary of the Australia Western Sahara Association (AWSA) and members of AWSA.