Reports conclude that Gdeim Izik trial was unfair

The trial against the Gdeim Izik group was political and unfair, and the confessions of the accused were given under torture, two reports written by international observers conclude.

In July, 23 saharawis from Africa’s last colony Western Sahara were given harsh prison sentences of up to life imprisonment after two trials and nearly seven years in prison. The saharawis are all activists who fight for an independent Western Sahara, in accordance with international law. Read more of this post

Danish minister questioned over Western Sahara trade

The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation was criticized by two Danish MP’s in regard to Denmark’s and the EU’s intent to ignore the European Court of Justice ruling on trade with Moroccan colony Western Sahara.

Last Thursday in the Danish European Affairs Committee, the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs was questioned on a Danish government document that referred to EU-negotiations in regard to trade with Western Sahara. Read more of this post

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

Danish company stops salt imports from Western Sahara

IMG_3938Danish salt importer Dansk Vejsalt will not be importing de-icing salt from Africa’s last colony Western Sahara in the future, the company told Danish solidarity organisation Afrika Kontakt at a meeting on January 31.

“This is an important victory for the population of Western Sahara. It means that the occupation of the colony becomes a little less profitable. But it is also a victory for Afrika Kontakt, as we have continuously pressurized Dansk Vejsalt and their customers in Denmark,” says Jens Bruun Madsen from Afrikas Kontakt’s Western Sahara group. Read more of this post

Don’t trade with Western Sahara says Danish parliament

IMG_3490Thursday the Danish parliament unanimously passed a motion on Western Sahara that urges Danish companies and the Danish public sector not to trade with Africa’s last colony.

During the debate that preceded the vote, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen said he would talk to Danish companies to ensure that they know of the motion and the position the Danish parliament has now taken on Western Sahara. Read more of this post