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Sahara Analysis 85 - March 201530.03 - 2015 23:13
WSC has its day in court; #40YearsOccupied; Kosmos finds oil; EU continues to wash its hands; Norway champions ethical behaviour; Morocco obstrucst UN; WSRW report revealing importers of phosphates; Sahrawi refugees protest against Glencore.

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#ConflictTomatoes - a date in court and witness statements28.03 - 2015
On 23rd April the Court will hear our application for:

- a Judicial Review of HMRC's treatment of products originating in Western Sahara being imported into the United Kingdom as Moroccan for the purposes of the EU – Morocco Association Agreement.

- a Judicial Review of DEFRA's granting licences to fish in the territories of Western Sahara under the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Morocco.
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International Campaign to add human rights to MINURSO mandate25.03 - 2015
The international campaign to get the UN Security Council to introduce human rights monitoring into the MINURSO mandate and take action to prevent the exploitation of Western Sahara's natural resources is growing. Read more



Background information for WSCUK's application for a Judicial Review05.03 - 2015
Western Sahara is rich in natural resources – particularly in fish and phosphates. The Saharawi people themselves rarely have the right to profit from these industries, or to find employment in their extraction, production or sale. The Moroccan government creates highly favourable tax and salary incentives to encourage Moroccans to relocate to Western Sahara in order to work for the government in these industries. As a consequence, Moroccans largely take all the jobs in these industries, entrenching the occupation, and economic disempowerment among Saharawi. Read more
WSCUK's Application for a Judicial Review picked up by The Guardian05.03 - 2015
From The Guardian:
Accurate labelling of consumer produce is a familiar part of the struggle for Palestinian rights under Israeli occupation and a striking example of global citizen empowerment. Now campaigners for the freedom of Western Sahara are making similar demands to try to undermine Morocco’s control of the territory.
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Western Sahara Action Forum - 2015 Campaign19.02 - 2015
Western Sahara Action Forum (WSAF) today begins its campaign to ensure the UN Security Council acts to fulfill its responsibility to supervise a free and fair referendum that will allow the Sahrawi people to express their inalienable right to self-determination.
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"The Saharawi people deserve better": Cairn begin drilling26.01 - 2015
Joanna Allan, an activist with WSC and WSRW, and John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, write for Newsnet.scot about Scottish oil firm Cairn drilling in Western Sahara, amid repression of Saharawis who oppose the plunder of their natural resources.Read more
WSC newsletter January 201526.01 - 2015
Here is the latest Western Sahara Campaign newsletter:

WSC Newsletter Jan 2015 (4 MB)

and below, a message from the Chair of WSC.
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WSC UK threaten legal action against UK government04.12 - 2014
WSC UK, working together with law firm Leigh Day, is threatening legal action against the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Read more
Report from Joanna Allan (WSRW) on trip to Occupied Territories16.11 - 2014
Joanna Allan, together with Kristina Nygaard, travelled to the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara in April 2014. Joanna's report summarises her findings from her trip.
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URGENT Oil Action03.10 - 2014

With drilling for oil due to commence in the next few weeks we need to apply pressure on Cairn Energy, registered in Edinburgh, which has a 20% interest in the oil exploration and exploitation.

Write to Simon Thompson, the CEO, asking that Cairn withdraws from this illegal exploration. For a draft letter and background information please download our Cairn Energy Action Sheet (18 KB).


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The Atwood Achiever - oil drilling rig currently heading towards Western Sahara on behalf of Scotland's Cairn Energy and its Bermudan-registered partner Kosmos Energy.
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Sahara Analysis 84 - October 201403.10 - 2014
Oil drilling imminent, EU fishing vessels tracked in Saharan waters, hunger strikes in Saharan jails and actions in the UK.

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Sahara Analysis 83 - August 201428.08 - 2014
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.

Sahara Analysis 83 - August 2014 (263 KB)
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History of the Western Sahara Campaign UK28.08 - 2014
The Saharawi Struggle for Self-Determination: history of the campaign in Britain (2 MB)Read 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.
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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.

Sahara Analysis 82 - May 2014 (199 KB)
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Saharawi political prisoners face the prospect of painful death03.06 - 2014
A new report by Adala UK has shed new light on the inhumane conditions that Saharawi political prisoners are forced to endure.

The report highlights deliberate medical negligence by the Moroccan authorities, causing detainees to suffer serious health problems.
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British MPs condemn human rights violations and resource exploitation 27.05 - 2014
Two British Members of Parliament belonging to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Western Sahara have condemned systematic human rights violations and natural resource exploitation by Morocco in Western Sahara.Read more



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Council of Europe set to criticise Moroccan human rights record20.05 - 2014
The Council of Europe is preparing a resolution on Western Sahara to be debated at its Parliamentary Assembly’s plenary session in June. The resolution expresses concern over the numerous reports of human rights violations perpetrated by Morocco in Western Sahara.Read more
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Colombian Senate adds its voice to human rights campaign13.05 - 2014
The Colombian Senate has become the latest institution to add its voice to calls for the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara to be given a human rights monitoring mandate.

The Senate also called on the Colombian government to recognise the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.
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News archive:
28.03 - 2015#ConflictTomatoes - a date in court and witness statements
25.03 - 2015International Campaign to add human rights to MINURSO mandate
05.03 - 2015Background information for WSCUK's application for a Judicial Review
05.03 - 2015WSCUK's Application for a Judicial Review picked up by The Guardian
19.02 - 2015Western Sahara Action Forum - 2015 Campaign
26.01 - 2015"The Saharawi people deserve better": Cairn begin drilling
04.12 - 2014WSC UK threaten legal action against UK government
16.11 - 2014Report from Joanna Allan (WSRW) on trip to Occupied Territories
08.02 - 2011TAKE ACTION - Tell France to stop blocking human rights
15.12 - 2009Vigil for Aminatou as she reaches one month on hunger strike
11.12 - 2009Lenny Henry joins campaigners protesting to save Aiminatou Haidar
11.12 - 2009Campaigners deliver letter to Gordon Brown from Aminatou Haidar
02.12 - 2009Wave of abuse against Saharawi human rights activists
07.12 - 2009UK Campaigners back MPs' calls to save Saharawi Gandhi
05.12 - 2009Amnesty launch URGENT ACTION in support of Aminatou Haidar
05.12 - 2009Lanzarote - Jubilation turns to despair...turns to anger‏
02.12 - 2009Enforced Disappearance of Sahrawi man
02.12 - 2009Fears grow for hunger strike Nobel nominee
20.11 - 2009"EU must stop allowing exploitation of Western Sahara"
20.11 - 2009Expelled Sahrawi human rights activist on hunger strike






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WESTERN SAHARA CAMPAIGN UK
The Western Sahara Campaign works in solidarity with the Saharawi people to generate political support in order to advance their right to self-determination and to promote their human rights. Our role is to lobby the UK Government and the EU. You can help us to ensure the UK does not ignore the voice of the Saharawi people.

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Follow the news about EU's illegal fisheries in Western Sahara


The EU pays Morocco to fish in occupied Western Sahara.