Washington, D.C. has welcomed Adala UK in a series of successful meetings, undertaken with members of the United States House of Representatives, policy groups and civil societies. As the 114th Congress draws to a close and with it the administration of President Barack Obama, the opportunity arises to create early channels and opening dialogue with figures who will be influential in the new administration. Continue reading
Adala UK arrived in Washington, D.C. on 6th December 2016 in preparation for talks with officials from the Obama administration, civil liberties groups and policy advocates in an effort to raise awareness of human rights abuses in Western Sahara. Adala UK activists presented their report on the conditions of Saharawi political prisoners throughout 7th December 2016 and enjoyed open exchanges of ideas concerning human rights monitoring and the impediments to the freedom of the peoples of Western Sahara. Continue reading
A human rights delegation from Adala UK arrived in the United States of America on the morning of Sunday 5th December 2016 to undertake a series of meetings in New York and Washington, DC. Their time will be spent meeting with a number of prominent organizations to discuss their respective country’s role in stopping the systematic violations within the Saharawi occupied territories of Western Sahara exercised by the Moroccan occupation.
The Moroccan authorities have committed human rights violations on a massive scale in response to protests organised by several Saharawi organisations on 21 November ahead of the visit by US publication ‘Democracy Now’ who were to visit the Occupied Territories to report on the information blockade placed upon the territory. Protesters who should be allowed to exert their rights to peacefully protest suffered torture and other maltreatment at the hands of the security forces in a large-scale response to the protests.
Despite a police blockade, the protesting Saharawi population managed to fill the main street in the capital and extend their protest into the neighbourhoods of Matalaa and Skaikima, which is the hotel area, where the Democracy Now group were staying.
In September, Adala UK was one of eight signatories to the Alternative Report on the occasion of the UN Human Rights Committee’s 2016 Report on the Kingdom of Morocco’s implementation of the ICCPR. The Alternative Report provided an analysis of the legal and historical framework that should guide the Committee’s review. It furthermore noted violations relating to a number of ICCPR articles by Morocco in the non self-governing territory of Western Sahara, and asked the Committee to adopt a list of recommendations in its report’s Concluding Observations.
A group of hackers who support the Moroccan government’s occupation of Wstern Sahara has been the source of a wave of attacks targeting pro-Saharawi organisations, including Adala UK, targeting the emails and social media accounts of Saharawi activists.
Saharawi activists in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara say they have been hacked regularly by individuals trying to access their online communications and networks. The hackers have also targeted groups who support the self-determination of Western Sahara but who work outside of the Occupied Territories. Continue reading
Dozens of activists, journalists and international observers have attempted to enter the occupied city of El Aaiún via the international airport in response to calls from the Saharawi NGO community to lift the block imposed by Morocco on the area and in order to participate in non-violent resistance activities against the Moroccan occupation.