Saharawi journalist assaulted by Moroccan police

The coordinator of Saharawi video activist group Equipe Media was assaulted, injured and interrogated by Moroccan police in the Moroccan colony of Western Sahara.

Mohamed Mayara, media activist and co-founder and coordinator of Equipe Media that documents human rights violations in Africa’s last colony Western Sahara, was physically assaulted and injured his cheek and other parts of his body at El Aaiun airport in the occupied territories of Western Sahara on January 13. Read more of this post

Morocco’s green image is based on occupation of Western Sahara

Morocco ranks second in the new Climate Change Performance Index. But a large percentage of Morocco’s green energy comes from Moroccan colony Western Sahara.

Morocco ranks as the second best country behind Sweden, but well ahead of the EU as a whole, in the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) published last week. The index tracks the efforts to combat climate change by the EU and 56 countries that are responsible for 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. Read more of this post

Human rights are celebrated with restraint in Western Sahara

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly 70 years ago. Human rights have been important to many people over the years, but are also under pressure in many places. Not least in Africa’s last colony, Western Sahara.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights gave all people the right to seek happiness as equals, and the right to fight for freedom and peace against oppressive systems. Read more of this post

Ronaldinho supports colonization of Africa’s last colony

Former Brazilian football world champion Ronaldinho played a gala match in celebration of the anniversary of Morocco’s invasion of Western Sahara, together with several other former star players, on Tuesday.

Ronaldinho, who was named World Player of the Year three times, was joined by Rivaldo and Cafu from the Brasilian World Cup winning side of 2002 amongst other former star players, according to goal.com and Morocco World News. Read more of this post

Stop Western Sahara plunder, Jacinda

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern spoke of human rights and international cooperation at the UN. But what will she do about the fact that two New Zealand companies are the last buyers of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara?

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attracted a lot of media attention at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week. Read more of this post

Corbyn as PM would matter in Western Sahara

The Saharawis of Africa’s last colony Western Sahara don’t have many friends in high places around the world. But if Corbyn’s Labour wins the next UK election it might prove to be a breakthrough in the protracted conflict and prevent a war.

The people of Western Sahara are patient. Amongst other things they have endured an invasion and a colonial war against colonizer Morocco that lasted from 1975 to 1991, and have waited ever since for the independence referendum that they were promised as part of the cease-fire. Read more of this post

Danish double standards on human rights

Denmark is fighting for a place on the UN Human Rights Council while supporting an EU fisheries agreement with Morocco that includes Western Sahara, in violation of international law and the ruling of the EU Court of Justice.

“As a member of the [UN Human Rights] Council, Denmark will work for … a world without torture, a world where indigenous peoples’ voices are heard and all their rights respected, a world in which human rights and the rule of law constitute the cornerstone of international and national structures in society.” Read more of this post