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

40 years a refugee

abbaThis November it is forty years ago that Morocco invaded and colonized Western Sahara (or Spanish Sahara as it was then known), today Africa’s last colony. Abba Malainin was only a child when he had to flee the war by foot through the desert to Algeria, to refugee camps where his family and thousands of other refugees still live today.

Tens of thousands of Western Saharas indigenous population, the Saharawis, fled the advancing Moroccan army and bomber planes across the border into neighbouring Algeria. Read more of this post

Danes demand human rights mandate in Western Sahara

Dina KawarIn a letter, Danish solidarity organisation Afrika Kontakt, along with Danish MEP Rina Ronja Kari and other Danish organisations, has urged President of the United Nations Security Council Dina Kawar to give the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, MINURSO, a mandate to monitor the human rights situation in Africa’s last colony. The letter also urges the President to protect the natural resources of the indigenous population in Western Sahara, the Saharawis. Read more of this post

UN and ANC legitimise colonisation

Officials from the United Nations, the African National Congress and an array of mostly former but also present world leaders have participated in the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, occupied Western Sahara, to the delight of the colonizer, Morocco.

The Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, and former French Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chaired the opening ceremony and a workshop, Read more of this post

Life sentence of ill-treatment for fighting Africa’s last colonial power

Sidahmed LemjayedA life-sentence in prison, torture and a lack of medical treatment is the price Sidahmed Lemjayed and 22 of his fellow Saharawis have had to pay for fighting for independence and against the exploitation of resources in their homeland, Western Sahara.

“Saharawi political prisoners are daily exposed to systematic torture and ill-treatment, harassment, medical neglect and other abusive treatment”, the Committee for Supporting the UN Settlement Plan and the Protection of Natural Resources in Western Sahara (CSPRON) said in a statement last week. Read more of this post

Tortur og livstidsdom for at kæmpe imod Afrikas sidste kolonimagt

En livstidsdom, tortur og mangel på lægehjælp er prisen Sidahmed Lemjayed og 22 af hans landsmænd må betale. Deres eneste brøde er at have kæmpet for uafhængighed og imod udnyttelsen af deres land Vestsaharas resurser.

”Saharawiske politiske fanger bliver dagligt udsat for systematisk tortur og anden mishandling, chikane, medicinsk omsorgssvigt og anden grov behandling”, skrev Committee for Supporting the UN Settlement Plan and the Protection of Natural Resources in Western Sahara (CSPRON) i en udtalelse i sidste uge. Read more of this post

Rubbing salt in the wound

Most salt production is relatively uncontroversial. Not so in Africa’s last colony, Western Sahara.

The territory has been colonised since 1975 by Morocco, who is illegally plundering its salt and other resources with the complicity of Western governments and companies.

Last year, Norwegian company Mesta rejected a salt deal ‘because of the violations of human rights in the territory.’ But Danish company Dansk Vejsalt continues to buy and sell on Western Saharan salt, in violation of international law.

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