Vestsaharas præsident er død

Abdelaziz greets crowd in Tifariti 2011 300pxTirsdag døde præsidenten for Afrikas sidste koloni Vestsaharas eksilregering og befrielsesfront Polisario, Mohamed Abdelaziz. Han blev mindet og hyldet af hans landsmænd, saharawierne, og af statsledere og organisationer fra hele verden.

Mohamed Abdelaziz døde efter længere tids sygdom, i en alder af 68, i en tid hvor Vestsahara-konflikten risikerer at blusse op igen. Ikke mindst på grund af at landets kolonimagt Marokko har udvist 84 ansatte i FN’s fredsbevarende styrker i landet, hvilket har sat fredsprocessen i fare, og fordi unge saharawier er trætte af at have ventet i årtier på en løsning på konflikten. Mange af dem ønsker derfor en krig med Marokko. Read more of this post

Terror-kondolence til Thorning fra koloniseret folk

ANår kondolencerne strømmer ind fra lande som det besatte Vestsahara efter terrorangrebet sidste uge, skal vi huske at terror, konflikt og sultedød er hverdag i store dele af verden.

Tirsdag sendte præsidenten for eksilregeringen i Afrikas sidste koloni, Vestsahara, et kondolencebrev til Helle Thorning-Schmidt i forbindelse med sidste uges terrorangreb i København. ”Jeg sender mine mest dybtfølte kondolencer til den Danske befolkning, og til de terror-dræbtes familier”, skrev præsident Mohamed Abdelaziz blandt andet i brevet til statsministeren. Read more of this post

Moroccan propaganda tries to muddle clear case for Western Saharan independence

“The Moroccan propaganda apparatus uses such myths as trying to link [Western Sahara’s liberation movement] Polisario to Al-Qaida in an attempt to defame, falsify and distort realities. This is done to discredit the struggle of the majority of the Saharawi people and their legitimate representative, the Polisario Front, that wants freedom for the last colony in Africa, Western Sahara.”

Abba Malainin, Polisario’s representative in Denmark, is speaking of the successful Moroccan campaign in the media that has seen hundreds of Moroccan propaganda websites, such as ‘Polisario Confidential,’  spring up and where hundreds of Moroccans comment on any and all anti-Moroccan or pro-Saharawi articles or blogs on the internet or attempt to discredit people who argue the cause of the Saharawis. Read more of this post

The case for Western Saharan independence

Western Sahara, Africa’s last colony, is perhaps the most clear-cut case for independence in the world today. It is unfortunately also one of the lesser known conflicts. Western Sahara has been illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975, when a weakened Spain, anxious to avoid military confrontation, had secretly relinquished Western Sahara to Morocco (and Mauritania, who left its part of Western Sahara to Morocco in 1979) in exchange for mining and fishing concessions. As an illegal occupying force, Morocco has no right to the territory of Western Sahara, and nor has it the right to sell Western Sahara’s natural resources or violate the human rights of its citizens, but must instead work towards the a referendum on the status of Western Sahara. So international law fully supports the Saharawis’ claim to independence for Western Sahara. Read more of this post

Western Sahara: 35 years of colonisation and exile is enough

“We would like to call on the influential international actors to take immediate measures, including exerting pressure and imposing sanctions on the Moroccan government, to put an end to this conflict,” said President of Western Sahara’s Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Mohamed Abdelaziz at the 35th anniversary of the proclamation of SADR. He was speaking to his fellow countrymen at the anniversary, but he was also speaking to the many foreign delegations that had come from all over the world, as well as those countries not present. Read more of this post

Toothless UN resolution extends peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara

The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, Minurso (The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara), for another year with resolution 1920. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the Security Council‘s 15 members, and urged Morocco and the Polisario to “show political will to initiate more intensive and substantive negotiations” as well as to continue discussions under the auspices of the UN Secretary General to achieve a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution which will provide for the elf-determination of the people of Western Sahara”. Read more of this post

FN vil fortsat spille “balancerende” rolle i Vestsahara

Efter at have afholdt diskussioner med Polisarios generalsekretær, Mohamed Abdelaziz, i New York den 23. april, udtrykte FNs generalsekretær, Ban Ki-Moon, bekymring over de menneskerettighedsovertrædelser, der finder sted i forbindelse med Marokkos ulovlige besættelse af Vestsahara. Ban Ki-Moon lovede i går Mohamed Abdelaziz, at ”FN fortsat vil indtage en aktiv og balancerende rolle i forsøget på at finde en løsning på Vestsahara-konflikten der indebærer selvbestemmelse for Vestsaharas befolkning”, og at han desuden var ”meget bekymret over menneskerettighedsovertrædelserne i Vestsahara”. Read more of this post