ACTION NEEDED: Stop the EU-Morocco Fishing Agreement 01.12 - 2013 23:33 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
Human rights monitoring negotiations on-going at UN: Take Action! 16.04 - 2013 The Group of Friends of Western Sahara – the United States, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Russia – are currently locked in negotiations at the UN to determine the mandate for MINURSO, the peacekeeping operation in Western Sahara and the Saharawi refugee camps outside Tindouf, Algeria.
Human Rights Monitoring - The Time to Act is NOW27.02 - 2013 Take action immediately to demand that, in the wake of the Gdeim Izik, the United Nations Security Council live up to its moral and legal responsibilities to protect the human rights of the people of the Western Sahara. See how here.Read more
“We not only condemn these sentences, we reject the entire legal process under which they have been brought. Amnesty International has described this military trial as “flawed from the outset”, in violation of international standards for a fair trial. The defendants insist that they are political prisoners. Whilst in detention the defendants claim to have suffered torture and to have been coerced into signing confessions. Gdeim Izik is widely regarded as having sparked the Arab Spring and many of the defendants are well respected human rights activists. Any trial should have been in a civilian court not under military tribunal. Their trial should not have been delayed by over two years. Their trial should have been open to international legal observers, jurists and journalists and allegations of torture should have been fully and independently investigated. This appears to have been a politically motivated show trial and we call on the international community to join us in speaking out against these sentences and supporting our calls for independent human rights monitoring in Western Sahara.”
Farewell to Lamine - the work goes on18.12 - 2012 Lamine Baali, who has been Polisario’s representative in Britain for much of the past 30 years, has left to become SADR’s Ambassador to the African Union in Addis Ababa. At a reception in the House of Commons, supporters reflected on past achievements, but also the Saharawi's ongoing struggle.Read more
Human Rights Campaign Officer at Western Sahara Campaign UK27.10 - 2012 The Western Sahara Campaign is accepting applications for the temporary post of Human Rights Campaign Officer to develop and co-ordinate an international campaign to persuade the UN Security Council to introduce independent monitoring of human rights abuse in Western Sahara and to research a further campaign on workers’ rights in occupied Western Sahara.Read more
"Despite his civilian dress, there was no mistaking the secret police when he reached across the front passenger seat of the Toyota , to block the lens of my 17 year old daughter Mariah's Nikon from recording the beating of a woman by his colleagues, uniformed and not. Mariah's shutter was too fast for him, so he lunged further in an attempt to snatch the camera, grazing her face. Mariah was fine. The woman was not.”
Kerry Kennedy, President, RFK Centre for Human Rights
Tell the UN to MONITOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN WESTERN SAHARA17.02 - 2012 The UN mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) is the only contemporary UN mission that does not monitor human rights. Torture, false imprisonment and violence continue, and so far the UN has done nothing to stop this.
Act Now! We have a chance to change this. On 17th April Security Council negotiations on Western Sahara will begin Please tell the Security Council human rights must be monitored!
If you are outside the UK, click read more or see bottom of Homepage for Spanish and French text.Read more
ONU debe supervisar la situación de los Derechos Humanos en el Sahara17.02 - 2012 La Misión de la ONU en el Sahara Occidental (MINURSO) es la única misión actual de Naciones Unidas que carece de competencias en Derechos Humanos. El año pasado, como consecuencia de la presión mundial, el lenguaje relativo a Derechos Humanos fue incluido en la Resolución. Desgraciadamente, ha fracasado. La violencia, los encarcelamientos y la tortura se siguen dando en la región. El Consejo de Seguridad tiene la responsabilidad de proteger al Pueblo Saharaui y obligar a Marruecos a rendir cuentas. Por favor ACTÚA y pídele al Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas que supervise los Derechos Humanos.Read more
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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