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WSC Newsletter January 201615.12 - 2015 23:16
Here is the latest Western Sahara Campaign newsletter:

WSC Newsletter Jan 2016 (728 KB)

and below, a message from the Chair of WSC.
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Campaigners unite to say 40 years not forgotten08.11 - 2015
UK campaigners braved the rain on Saturday 7th November to demonstrate outside the Moroccan Embassy in London. In a demonstration of solidarity, people came together to show that after 40 years of occupation the people of Western Sahara are not forgotten. Protesters gathered outside the embassy chanting “40 years not forgotten, 40 years out Morocco!” This will be followed by letters delivered to the Embassies of all the members of the UN Security Council.
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Sahara Analysis 88: October 201501.11 - 2015
7th November 1975 - join us in marking 40 years; Support the Saharawi flood victims; High Court rule in our favour; the AU's legal opinion over Moroccan plunder in Western Sahara; Morocco “denounces and rejects” UN recommendations; Morocco dumps fish in Western Sahara; land confiscated; Morocco suppresses peaceful Saharawi demonstrations; WSAF and WSRW Submission to the UN General Assembly Special Political and Decolonisation Committee.Read more



Africa’s Last Colony - 40 years under occupation31.10 - 2015
31 October marks the 40th anniversary the Moroccan invasion of Western Sahara. Known as Africa’s last colony, Western Sahara is the only Territory in Africa to never complete the process of decolonisation.
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What were you doing on 7 November 1975?29.10 - 2015
Some of you hadn't been born yet. Others may have been watching the Wombles on kids TV. Others wearing flares and listening to Glam Rock. Others may have been celebrating Angolan independence.

You probably weren't in the Spanish Colony of Western Sahara listening anxiously to the news that thousands of Moroccans were gathering to march into your country and claim it for the king of Morocco. On 6th November he had called for a Green March to be organised and although the thousands of moroccans who answered his call never crossed the border in significant numbers it must have been a frightening prospect.
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A Landmark Step: UK High Court rules in Western Sahara's Favour21.10 - 2015
The High Court has ruled that our legal claim against DEFRA and HMRC regarding trade agreements with Morocco should be heard in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). This is a landmark step!

Thank you to all who have supported this case by donating. We will need further funding to take our case to the CJEU. If you are able to help, please click here to find out how you can donate.
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Hunger Strike Chain - Justice for Haidala13.09 - 2015
You are invited to join people all over the world in a hunger strike chain in solidarity with the mother of murdered Saharawi Mohamed Lamine Haidala.
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Sahara Analysis 86: September 201513.09 - 2015
40 years too long - support us in marking the anniversary; POLISARIO sign the Geneva Convention;  Collective Hunger Strike - join us; oil drilling onshore in Western Sahara; Morocco allow registration of Sahrawi human rights organisationRead more



Geneva Convention - Swiss Support for POLISARIO13.09 - 2015
Almost unnoticed by the public, the freedom movement for the Western Sahara won a big victory in June on an international level of justice.  The Polisario Front committed itself to abide by the four Geneva Conventions and their additional protocols in its conflict with Morocco, thereby placing the conflict under the jurisdiction of humanitarian international law, which is legally binding for both parties.Read more
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Our Days In Court24.07 - 2015
Last week the High Court heard the WSC’s case on Government policy regarding agreements with Morocco that do not distinguish the territory of Western Sahara.Read more


Sahara Analysis 86: June 201530.06 - 2015
Our day in court approaches - we need your help; 243 organisations write to Security Council over Western Sahara's oil; Morocco's campaign to influence Clinton; John West and Saharawi Sardines; Morocco's lobbying of the UN; Western Sahara's 'conflict tomatoes'; Phosphate plunder continues.
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Help our legal challenge to stop the theft from Western Sahara21.05 - 2015
The natural resources of Western Sahara are a key element in the conflict, allowing Morocco and other countries to benefit from its occupation.


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UNFair: MINURSO renewed without human rights monitoring29.04 - 2015
Despite strong efforts from African members and Venezuela, the UN Security Council has renewed MINURSO’s mandate without a human rights mandate.
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WSCUK's application for a Judicial Review27.04 - 2015
On 23rd April, the Court heard WSCUK´s application for:

- a Judicial Review of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Custom'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 the Department for Food and Rural Affairs'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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Sahara Analysis 85 - March 201530.03 - 2015
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. Read more



News archive:
15.12 - 2015WSC Newsletter January 2016
08.11 - 2015Campaigners unite to say 40 years not forgotten
01.11 - 2015Sahara Analysis 88: October 2015
31.10 - 2015Africa’s Last Colony - 40 years under occupation
29.10 - 2015What were you doing on 7 November 1975?
21.10 - 2015A Landmark Step: UK High Court rules in Western Sahara's Favour
13.09 - 2015Hunger Strike Chain - Justice for Haidala
13.09 - 2015Sahara Analysis 86: September 2015
13.09 - 2015Geneva Convention - Swiss Support for POLISARIO
24.07 - 2015Our Days In Court
21.05 - 2015Help our legal challenge to stop the theft from Western Sahara
29.04 - 2015UNFair: MINURSO renewed without human rights monitoring
27.04 - 2015WSCUK's application for a Judicial Review
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






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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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The EU pays Morocco to fish in occupied Western Sahara.