Sahara Analysis 83 - August 201428.08 - 2014 01:01 The latest issue of Sahara Analysis. US oil company Kosmos energy is set to drill in Western Saharan waters; Polisario mounts a legal challenge to the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement; and more.
Dozens injured in peaceful protest 23.06 - 2014 Dozens of Saharawi have been injured during a peaceful protest in El Aaiun. The protest was held to call for MINURSO to carry out human rights monitoring in Western Sahara and to call for the release of political prisoners.
The demonstrators were reportedly pelted with stones, beaten with sticks and batons, kicked, and slapped by Moroccan security forces.
Morocco’s violent attacks on peaceful protestors constitute a grave violation of freedom of assembly.Read more
Sahara Analysis 82 - May 201419.06 - 2014 Here is the latest WSC newsletter, "Sahara Analysis" no. 82, covering human rights, oil exploration and overfishing of sharks in Saharawi waters among other issues.
WSAF's 2014 human rights briefing 13.03 - 2014 The Western Sahara Action Forum, of which WSC is a member, has published its 2014 briefing on human rights violations in Western Sahara. It can be found here.
The briefing highlights allegations of human rights violations that have taken place since the UN Security Council decided not to include human rights monitoring in MINURSO’s mandate in April 2013. It calls for independent, impartial, comprehensive, and sustained monitoring of human rights, both in Western Sahara and in the refugee camps, to be included in MINURSO’s renewed mandate this April.
and below, a message from the Chair of WSC.Read more
Fisheries Agreement: Saharawis speak out19.12 - 2013 Mohamed Sidati of the Polisario Front, and Aminatou Haidar, Saharawi human rights activist, have made strong statements to MEPs about the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA)Read more
European Parliament: Undermining rights in Western Sahara 10.12 - 2013 The European Parliament has today voted for a new EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement which will open up the waters of Western Sahara to European boats. This is in violation of the wishes and interests of the Saharawi people. Previously European Parliamentarians voted against the extension of the last agreement, due mostly to questions over its legality, but today the new agreement was passed with 204 parliamentarians voting against the agreement, while 310 voted for and 49 abstained. See Western Sahara Resource Watch for the full story.
ACTION NEEDED: Stop the EU-Morocco Fishing Agreement01.12 - 2013 A majority of EU Member States has chosen to approve the new EU-Morocco fisheries protocol, which pays for EU vessels to fish in the waters of occupied Western Sahara. Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the UK and the Netherlands opposed the proposal. The agreement will now go to the European Parliament for approval.
In 2011 we succeeded in convincing the European Parliament to vote against the extension of the protocol and EU boats were forced to leave the waters of Western Sahara. This agreement would bring them back. Help us convince MEPs once again to reject this illegal agreement!
New Report - Saharawis: Poor People in a Rich Country01.12 - 2013 Saharawi Natural Resources Watch (SNRW) have published a report “Saharawis: Poor People in a Rich Country”, which looks at the fisheries in Western Sahara. The report looks at the different aspects, facts and statistics available on the fishing resources in Western Sahara, and the scale of exploitation, plunder and the serious destruction of the ecological system in the Saharawi waters.
It calls on “the members of the European parliament never to vote in favor of the EU-Morocco fishing agreement, as the same grounds that resulted in the cancellation of the previous agreement are still there”. Read a summary of the report here.Read more
Take Action on Morocco's conflict tomatoes28.10 - 2013 UK supermarkets sell tomatoes grown in illegally-occupied Western Sahara. They label them as “Moroccan”. This is clearly misleading. Trading Standards can take action to stop this if they get enough complaints. So let's take action.Read more
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