Grief in Western Sahara as national symbol has passed away.
Mariam Hassan has during several decades articulated the Saharawi people's resistance and sufferings.
Hassan was born into a family of musicians in 1958, in what was then called Spanish Sahara. IN 1975, when Moroco and Mauritania occupied Western Sahara, she and her family fled to the Saharawi refugee camps, where she first served as a nurse. Three of her brothers died during the war.
For a number of years, she has travelled on tours to music festivas with her traditional and highly political blues. She has been a fundamentally important ambassador and source of inspiration for the Saharawi people.
For more than ten years, she fought a private battle against cancer, and many of her songs cover that topic.
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.
On 7 June 2019, videos began to circulate showing Moroccan police brutally beating up a Saharawi journalist in occupied Western Sahara. Today, a UN opinion calling for his release from prison was made public.
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.