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Dozens injured in peaceful protest 23.06 - 2014 13:54
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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13.05 - 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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UN fails to include monitoring in MINURSO mandate01.05 - 2014
Regretfully, we can confirm that on 29 April the UN Security Council passed a resolution to renew the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara without including a mechanism for monitoring human rights...Read more
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Urgent action: ask the UN for human rights monitoring14.04 - 2014
Help us call on the UN to monitor human rights!Read more



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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.
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UK Western Sahara APPG event next Tuesday20.02 - 2014
The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Western Sahara is hosting an event in Parliament next Tuesday: “Human Rights and Western Sahara”.

All are welcome. Please RSVP to mark.williams.mp@parliament.uk for further details and directions.
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29.01 - 2014
This film will air on Al Jazeera as the UN begins to consider - once again - whether it's peacekeepers should be monitoring human rights in Western Sahara. Which, of course, they should be.

Watch this space for campaign actions on this to follow soon.
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WSC newsletter January 201420.12 - 2013
Here is the latest Western Sahara Campaign newsletter:

WSC Newsletter Jan 2014 (4 MB)

the legal analysis of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement:

Western Sahara Fisheries Agreement - legal analysis (803 KB)

and below, a message from the Chair of WSC.
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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



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European Parliament: Undermining rights in Western Sahara10.12 - 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.Read more
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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!

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01.12 - 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.
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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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Moroccan crackdown as UN envoy visits Western Sahara28.10 - 2013
Moroccan police (plainclothes and uniformed officers shown here throwing stones) have violently broken up Saharawi human rights demonstrations, under the nose of the visiting UN envoy, Christopher Ross.Read more



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UN human rights vote: Travesty of justice for Western Sahara25.04 - 2013
The United Nations today voted not to monitor human rights violations in Western Sahara. This represents a tragedy of justice for the people of Western Sahara, who will continue to be subjected to the brutal oppression of occupying Moroccan forces.Read more
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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.Read more



News archive:
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
10.11 - 2009Sign the petition: Stop the EU Fisheries in Western Sahara
31.08 - 2009Student abducted on International Day of Disappeared
06.08 - 2009Western Saharan students “risk everything” to get to Oxford
01.03 - 2009A quick history...






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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.