Archive for 2019

Ali Saadouni is a former political prisoner and a prominent Saharawi human rights defender known for his membership in the “Coordination of those rejecting the Moroccan nationality”. Ali Saadouni was arrested on 11 April 2019. The arrest of Saadouni came in response to a demonstration held on Tuesday 10 April...

In its report on press freedoms in Western Sahara, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) sheds light on a territory cut off from the rest of the world, a veritable news black hole that has become a no-go zone for journalists. “Western Sahara, a desert for journalists,” is the first-ever work of research...

On 26th May 2019, Moroccan police forces arrested 14-year-old Saharawi Ambarak Mohamed Bani near Morabitine School on Smara street in occupied el Aaiun, according to the boy's family. They took him to the police station where Ambarak was tortured, causing injuries and bruises, and threatened with more violence. Photos and...

For the attention of:  Sir Adrian White,  Chief Executive and Chairman, BiwaterBiwater House Station Approach Dorking RH4 1TZ London, 14 May 2019 Re: Biwater’s presence in Western Sahara Dear Sir Adrian, I am writing on behalf of Adala UK, a British NGO focused on documenting human rights violations in the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara, with regard to Biwater’s activities there. We became aware of...

A Chance for Peace in Western Sahara

Wrapped along the coast of Northwest Africa is the continent's last colony: Western Sahara. For over a century, the people of Western Sahara have been denied our fundamental right to decide our future. First a Spanish colony, Western Sahara was brutally annexed by our Northern neighbor, Morocco, in 1975. Our...

As outlined in a number of laws and international rules, once a person is detained it becomes the responsibility of the authorities to protect the prisoner's health. The Moroccan authorities must immediately and without condition transfer the political prisoner Mohamed Tahlil to hospital given that his health has deteriorated.  The...

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will next week on Tuesday, brief members of the media on the state of readiness for the SADC Solidarity Conference with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic / Western Sahara. Early this month, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) announced that South Africa...

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