African Union to mediate between Western Sahara and Morocco

The African Union will facilitate direct talks between two of its member states, Western Sahara and Morocco, in order to secure a referendum on the status of Western Sahara, a territory that has been colonized by Morocco since 1975.

The Western Sahara conflict has been unresolved and in a deadlock more or less since the ceasefire between Western Sahara’s liberation movement Polisario and Morocco in 1991. Read more of this post

Gdeim Izik trial is political and based on torture says Sidahmed

I am a political prisoner, due to my peaceful struggle against the Moroccan colonisation of my native Western Sahara, Sidahmed Lemjayed stated in a testimony at the Gdeim Izik re-trial in Morocco yesterday. He denied all charges against him.

Yesterday, Sidahmed Lemjayed gave his testimony at the Gdeim Izik re-trial in Morocco, where he denied all charges against him of acts of “deadly violence” against Moroccan “public forces in the line of duty” during and after the violent Moroccan raid of the Saharawi Gdeim Izik protest camp. He also reiterated his claims that he was badly tortured during interrogation by Moroccan police. Read more of this post

International pressure to ensure fair re-trial for ‘unfairly convicted’ Saharawis

International presence and pressure is necessary to ensure a fair re-trial, set to continue on March 13, against the Gdeim Izik Group from Moroccan colony Western Sahara, who Amnesty International say were “unfairly convicted.”

In 2013, 21 members of the so-called Gdeim Izik Group were given sentences of between 20 years and life imprisonment in a Moroccan military court for allegedly belonging to a “criminal group” and for acts of “deadly violence” against Moroccan “public forces in the line of duty.” Read more of this post

Salt of the earth keeps conflict alive

IMG_3938Are a Danish company and three Danish municipalities helping to prop up Africa’s last colonizing power in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara, by buying conflict salt in violation of international law?

Where does the salt that arrived in Denmark from El Aaiun (Laayoune) Harbour in occupied Western Sahara on 2. February come from? This is a question that the Danish municipalities of Aabenraa, Haderslev and Tønder ought to be asking themselves, after they struck a deal with Danish salt distributor Dansk Vejsalt last year. Read more of this post

Danish conference on Western Sahara brings conflicting parties together

The Danish United Nations Association hosted an international conference on the conflict in Western Sahara in Copenhagen on Saturday. The conference included presentations from both parties to the conflict, as well as from former UN representatives, experts, and Scandinavian politicians.

“We believe that it is vital that the Western Sahara conflict is finally put firmly on the international agenda”, the Danish UN Association said in a press release prior to the conference. “Having representatives from both sides of the conflict will enable us to shed light on the conflict in a way that hasn’t been seen before in Denmark”.

Danish Major General, and former commander of the UN Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Kurt Mosgaard, gave the first presentation where he amongst other things argued that in order to have a fruitful discussion on the issue of Western Sahara, Read more of this post

Danmark er en del af løsningen for besat Vestsahara, siger MR-forkæmper

Der er fornyet håb for at Vestsahara-konflikten kan ende fredeligt, sagde menneskerettighedsforkæmper Ali Salem Tamek onsdag [24. april] under et besøg i Danmark, hvor han var inviteret af solidaritetsorganisationen Afrika Kontakt. ”Men det kræver handling fra lande som Danmark”.

Ali Salem Tamek er vicepræsident i Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA). Han har været fængslet fem gange af kolonimagten Marokko (der besatte Vestsahara i 1975), har sultestrejket i fængslet 29 gange i protest imod forholdene i fængslet, og hans kone er blevet voldtaget af marokkanske sikkerhedsstyrker fordi hun ikke ville udspionere sin mand.

Tamek betragtedes desuden som en samvittighedsfange af Amnesty International, Read more of this post

Africa Contact condemns Morocco’s punishment of human rights activists

Press release: Africa Contact strongly condemns the harsh and unjust sentences given February 17th,  by a Moroccan military court to 24 Saharawis – Western
Sahara’s indigenous population, just for demanding the right to live in their own country without Moroccan occupation and discrimination.

One of the accused, Chaikh Banga, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison, said during the trial: “If my love for my country is considered an offense let the world witness that I am a gangster.” Read more of this post