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.
53 Norwegian civil society organisations today sent a joint letter to the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs asking the Norwegian government to support the rights of the Saharawi people as Norway is to take a seat in the UN Security Council from 1 January.
Pressure is intensifying on journalists in occupied Western Sahara. Yesterday evening, Moroccan authorities crashed and harassed a wedding party between two journalist colleagues.
War has broken out in Western Sahara. A Norwegian gas transport may be on its way into the territory.
The human rights violations taking place right now in occupied Western Sahara need to be denounced. Here are some suggestions on how to do that.