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NRC Report on Western Sahara:
'Occupied Country, Displaced People'
In the new issue of NRC Thematic Reports, the focus is on the conflict in Western Sahara, Africas last colony. While the Sahrawis, the original population of the country, suffer oppression and displacement, the international community has chosen to look the other way.
For over 30 years more than half of the Sahrawis, the indigenous people of Western Sahara, have lived in four isolated refugee camps in Algeria. Their homeland is divided along a Moroccan-built wall, and electronic surveillance, land mines and soldiers keep the population in the occupied areas in and shut the refugees out. Families have been separated for decades, and new generations grow up in the camps without ever having seen their homeland. In the occupied territories there are now more Moroccans than Sharawis.
The UN has defined Western Sahara as a decolonisation question and in 1975 the International Court of Justice in The Hague rejected Moroccos alleged historical claim on Western Sahara. The African Union has recognised Western Sahara and accepted it as a member country, having defined the question of Western Sahara as the right to self-determination. However, what use is it to have the support of the UN and the AU when powerful countries such as France, the US and Spain are either indifferent or actively oppose the legitimate rights of the Sahrawis?
You can read more about this conflict, the historical and political background as well as articles and analysis of the current situation, in the NRC Report Western Sahara: Occupied Country, Displaced People.
The NRC Report Western Sahara is free of charge and available in both English and Norwegian
Click here to download the English version of the Report
Click here to download the Norwegian version of the Report
For hard copies of the NRC Report Western Sahara,
please contact Aksel Nes Mygland at NRC
phone: +47 23 10 98 55 email: email@example.com.
Morocco must stop targeting human rights defenders and journalists standing up for human rights in Western Sahara, and allow them to work without reprisals, UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, said today.
In an early morning raid today, masked agents terrorized and assaulted the home of the Saharawi human rights defender Sultana Khaya, stole belongings and took three activists to an undisclosed location.
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The Saharawi activist Sultana Khaya and her family has for almost 10 weeks been harrassed by Moroccan police when leaving or entering their home in occupied Western Sahara. Help us to denounce.