Background information for WSCUK's application for a Judicial Review05.03 - 2015 01:08 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.
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.Read more
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.
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.
Council of Europe set to criticise Moroccan human rights record 20.05 - 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.
WSAF's 2014 human rights briefing13.03 - 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.Read more
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