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More than a hundred persons are said to have been injured in Western Sahara's capital, observing the UN Human Rights day and frustrated over EU's new illegal fisheries agreement with Morocco in their waters. Videos keep coming in. See series.

Published 12 December 2013

The EU parliament today decided to continue the illegal EU fisheries practices in occupied Western Sahara. 2 hours later, Saharawis took to the streets. Several injured. 

Published 10 December 2013
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Sahrawi human rights activist Elghalia Djimi and former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara Francesco Bastagli were among the guests at oil seminars in Oslo and Stavanger last week.
Published 21 November 2013
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EU is about to enter into a new fishing agreement with Morocco, which is contrary to international law because Western Sahara is not excluded. The Norwegian Union of Social Educators and Social Workers (FO) students' congress this weekend requested Norwegian politicians to talk some sense into the EU parliamentarians.
Published 20 November 2013
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Ali Salem Tamek, a well known Saharawi human rights defender, was about to leave for Europe to undergo surgery, when the Moroccan police came to arrest his wife on false charges.
Published 14 November 2013
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The journalist Fredrik Laurin (left) came to Norway last week to talk about his new book about the resource theft in Western Sahara. - When people hear where the fish or tomatoes are from, they don't want it! he says.
Published 06 November 2013
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The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara is 20 years old this week.
Published 06 November 2013
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Salma and Jadietu are touring Norway to talk about the situation in Western Sahara.
Published 06 November 2013

A number of videos from the occupied territories have during the last few days been published Youtube.

Published 20 October 2013
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On October 14th The Icelandic Association for Western Sahara was formally founded.
Published 17 October 2013
The company Total is carrying out oil exploration in the Sahara and was this year present on “Career Day” at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Changemaker, SAIH and The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara are now criticizing NTNU for lack of ethical guidelines.
Published 01 October 2013

Salah 'The Runner' Amaidane came in at second place at Oslo Marathon, 10K, 21 Sept 2013. 

 

Published 22 September 2013
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A new master thesis written by Yuka Heka at the University of Tromsø, Norway explores the relationship between national identity and political opinions of Saharawis.
Published 19 September 2013
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A new report documents the discovery of eight executed Sahrawis in Western Sahara. The executions have not previously been known and shed light on Morocco’s secrecy with regard to previous disappearances.
Published 19 September 2013

A new documentary - The Runner - shows the motivation, struggle and history of the Saharawi who is running internationally, inspiring his people. 

Published 18 September 2013
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Western Sahara Resource Watch today launched a report on the French oil company Total’s irresponsible comeback in occupied Western Sahara. The company carries out exploration in the territory despite the UN legal office stating it would be in violation of international law.
Published 04 September 2013
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Western Sahara Resource Watch has today launched a report detailing how Morocco intends to build over 1000 MW (megawatts) of renewable energy plants in Western Sahara, a territory that Morocco partially occupies.
Published 04 September 2013
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Our international platform Western Sahara Resource Watch is now on Facebook. Like us!
Published 29 August 2013
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Five hopeful Sahrawi youth from the refugee camps were selected on Wednesday 14th of August for a two year International high school education at one of 13 United World Colleges (UWC) around the World.
Published 23 August 2013
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The Norwegian investor KLP announced 3 June that they have blacklisted the oil company Total from its portfolio due to the company’s oil activities offshore Western Sahara. The Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund might land on the same conclusion.
Published 05 June 2013
The Norwegian pension scheme KLP is excluding the French oil company Total from its investments. KLP considers Total’s activities in Western Sahara unethical.
Published 04 June 2013
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In the Norwegian newspaper Strilen today, the shipping company Fonnes Shipping denies they do something wrong when they take part in the plunder of Western Sahara. They blame their Dutch partner for the deal.
Published 30 May 2013
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A group of three Norwegians that travelled to occupied Western Sahara yesterday, is at this moment being expelled from Western Sahara.
Published 09 May 2013
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More photos of injured demonstrators from occupied Western Sahara.
Published 29 April 2013
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The Western Sahara liberation movement, Frente Polisario, publishes its position on human rights monitoring.
Published 08 April 2013
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Sultana Khaya, who visited Norway last year, has once again been assaulted by the police during a demonstration. Amnesty expressed concern about the assaults on peaceful demonstrators.
Published 07 April 2013
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Norwegian owned shipping company admits carrying out shipments from Western Sahara. In two recent articles in a Norwegian newspaper, the company received heavy criticism. “When Norwegian government urges companies to stay away from Western Sahara, one should try to follow those advice”, said competitor.
Published 29 March 2013
UN is attempting once again to kick life into the negotiations on the much-debated desert region. For four decades the inhabitants have been waiting in vain to decide the future of their occupied homeland. Aftenposten, 4 Feb 2012.
Published 12 February 2013
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The EU is planning to enter a new unethical fisheries agreement with Morocco in 2013. Once more, the EU intends to fish in the waters offshore occupied Western Sahara, in violation of international law. Protest by signing this petition!
Published 11 December 2012
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A group of four Norwegian youth politicians were expelled from Western Sahara yesterday. Their goal was to meet with Saharawi human rights activists to learn more about the conflict, and the excessive human rights violations.
Published 07 November 2012
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Norway's biggest film festival picked yesterday the film 'Sons of the Clouds' as the best film.
Published 23 October 2012
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When Manu Chao entered the stage at City Hall Square on Saturday, he had a message about the world’s injustice. As always. is_is_published in Dagsavisen, 27 August 2012.
Published 29 August 2012
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The French Spanish musician Manu Chao played at a music festival in Oslo on 25 August - with the Western Sahara flag on stage.
Published 26 August 2012
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs was in April 2012 asked about the Norwegian government's position regarding expansion of the mandate of the UN operation in Western Sahara, to also include human rights monitoring.
Published 13 August 2012
Christian Democratic Party asks Norwegian Minister for Agriculture about Norway's work to recycle phosphates.
Published 13 August 2012
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Norwegian company DNV, certified by the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to evaluate projects seeking CDM-funding, has issued a negative opinion on the Moroccan King’s envisioned windfarm project in occupied Western Sahara – precisely for taking place in a politically controversial area.

Published 26 July 2012
The Norwegian representatives in Geneva today underlined the need for Morocco respecting that Saharawi organisations are allowed to formally register.
Published 22 May 2012
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Human rights activits Sultana Khaya thanked the Green Party of Norway for the support for the Saharawi cause at the annual meeting in Bergen, Norway, 15 April.
Published 16 April 2012
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The eight political youth parties of region of Hordaland, Norway, together organised a full day conference on Western Sahara at the University of Bergen.
Published 16 April 2012
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France objects to human rights in Western Sahara. Some twenty people demonstrated for respect of human rights in front of France's embassy in Oslo today.
Published 14 April 2012
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FMC Corporation states that they have stopped importing phosphates from Western Sahara to Spain and that they should never have been kicked out of the Norwegian government's pension fund for lack of ethics.
Published 23 December 2011
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The Norwegian fertilizer firm Yara states their position remains unchanged, and that they do not purchase phosphates from Western Sahara. Yara's new agreement with Moroccan phosphate firm specifically excludes purchases from Western Sahara, according to the company.
Published 19 December 2011
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Covington & Burling, the US lobby law firm that lobbies for the Moroccan phosphate trade from occupied territory of Western Sahara travelled all the way to Oslo to explain to an investor how the Saharawis supposedly benefit from the trade. Still, the firm refuse to talk to Saharawis or civil society about the industry.
Published 08 December 2011
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Asria Mohamed Taleb, journalist from Western Sahara currently living in Norway, today launched a book on the conflict. Download the book here.
Published 01 December 2011

Demonstrators kicked out of the protest camp in, have been demonstrating in the city of El Aaiun. Demonstrators put fire on several houses. Videos added to this article as we get them. 
 

Published 08 November 2011
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At a conference in Bergen 27 October, former UN Special Representative to Western Sahara aired his disappointment over the international community’s inability to solve the last colonial issue in Africa.
Published 06 November 2011
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Former Rafto laureate criticised lack of openness in Moroccan courts at a seminar in Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Bergen, Norway. He was himself denied access to a court last month.
Published 02 November 2011