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The detainees withdrew from the proceedings, along with their defense attorneys, on the 16th of May. New witnesses have appeared out of the blue, observers explain.
Published 18 May 2017
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The proceedings against the so-called Gdeim Izik political prisoners from occupied Western Sahara is again adjourned, and will recommence on the 8 May at the Court of Appeal in Salé, Morocco.
Published 29 March 2017
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Today Cheikh Banga, Eenama Asfari and Mohammed Babait gave their testimonies. Just like the previous days the questions they were asked were in direct violations of the Torture Convention. The court was adjourned until Monday 27th of March.
Published 24 March 2017
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Today Abdallahi Toubali, Sidahmed Lemjeyid and El Bachir Khadda gave their testimonies in front of the court. Toubali was asked to sign two documents with his eyes shut during the testimony. This to prove he was blindfolded while signing his confession.
Published 22 March 2017
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On day 10 Hassan Dah, Abdallahi Lakfawni and Mohamed Embarch Lefkir, testified in front of the court. Interruptions and humiliating questions were frequent and the testimonies are in violation of the Torture Convention, says international observer.


Published 22 March 2017
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Published 20 March 2017
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Published 17 March 2017
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Get the latest information about the court case against the Gdeim Izik prisoners from occupied Western Sahara. Continuously updated. 
Day 13 of the appeal takes place on 8 May 2017.

Published 17 March 2017
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See an account of the January 2017 court case against Saharawi activists at the Moroccan court in Salé.
Published 19 February 2017

The affair of the Norwegian fish oil tanker visiting occupied Western Sahara is receiving international attention. 

Published 10 February 2017
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Serious flaws were made also in round two of trial against the so-called ‘Gdeim Izik’ Saharawi activists in Morocco. Trial has been postponed until 13 March.
Published 27 January 2017
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The leadership of the Red Youth Norway stopped in South of Morocco on their way to the occupied territory.
Published 25 January 2017
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At 11:30 PM the two Norwegians Diego Vaula Foss and Hans Inge Alander were told by Moroccan authorities that they are expelled from Morocco - probably because they had met with people from occupied Western Sahara.
Published 25 January 2017
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Ten citizens from Lithuania, the Netherlands, Italy, Rwanda, Iran and Norway are now being deported from southern Morocco.
Published 25 January 2017
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The two Norwegians Hans Inge Alander and Diego Alexander Vaula Foss are deported by Moroccan authorities on a flight from the occupied Western Sahara against their will, after having flown in this afternoon.
Published 25 January 2017
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A group of youth politicians, from the very right to left in Norwegian political landscape, were refused to travel to Western Sahara at 3PM today by Moroccan police.
Published 24 January 2017
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Leader and international responsible of the Student Parliament of Bergen, Håkon Randgaard Mikalsen and Eirik Lie Reikerås were thrown out of occupied Western Sahara this evening, after landing with a flight from Casablanca.
Published 24 January 2017
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A group of six friends, five Norwegians and one Swede, started talking with the wrong people on the bus, according to Moroccan police. As a consequence, they are now being expelled from south Morocco, refused access to occupied Western Sahara.
Published 23 January 2017
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Two representatives of the Liberal Youth of Norway were this morning stopped by Moroccan police and escorted out of southern Morocco. The police did not want them to travel to the occupied territory.
Published 23 January 2017
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Teodor and Thea from Green Youth of Norway were picked out of the bus they were sitting in, and refused further travel into occupied Western Sahara by Moroccan police.
Published 23 January 2017
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The National Union of Students in Norway and the Student Parliament at the University of Trondheim were last night refused access into Western Sahara by Moroccan police.
Published 23 January 2017
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A group of Norwegian trade unionists were at midnight refused access to occupied Western Sahara due to the bad weather conditions there.
Published 23 January 2017
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From 21 to 25 January, 57 foreign visitors to Western Sahara have either been stopped right after arrival to occupied Western Sahara or upon trying to enter. All were deported by police.
Published 23 January 2017
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Four youth politicians from the The Norwegian Young Conservatives and Christian Democrat Youth (KrFU) of Norway were at 16:30 today stopped by Moroccan police and refused access to occupied western Sahara.
Published 22 January 2017
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After having been kicked out of the city of Smara in occupied Western Sahara, a group of four Norwegians has also been ordered to not visit other cities in the occupied territory.
Published 21 January 2017
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Eight Moroccan police cars escorted four Norwegians out of the city of Smara, occupied Western Sahara. Police did not want them to meet local Saharawis.
Published 21 January 2017
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International secretary of Red Youth of Norway, Peder Østring, and fellow traveller Sofie Brunvoll were at 12:30 today deported from occupied Western Sahara.
Published 21 January 2017
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Two dozen Saharawi activists have been jailed for 6 years after demanding socio-economic rights. Join Amnesty's campaign demanding their release.
Published 01 September 2016
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The US oil company Kosmos Energy is severely misrepresenting a joint-declaration which the OECD Contact Point in Norway mediated between the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara and the fishing company Sjøvik AS.
Published 27 August 2016
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The Norwegian student association SAIH just is_is_published a report on the need of a referendum on independence in Western Sahara.
Published 07 June 2016
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Yet again, the Saharawi activist Sultana Khaya has been beaten by Moroccan police.
Published 14 May 2016
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The Norwegian insurance company Storebrand has blacklisted both phosphate and oil companies involved in occupied Western Sahara. Among them are the French company Total, which are now back in from the cold after they withdrew from the territory.
Published 25 March 2016
20 February 2016, the student organisation of the European Peoples Party (EPP) passed a resolution calling for the right to self-determination in occupied Western Sahara.
Published 18 March 2016
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture is warmly welcome to Morocco. But only after October 2016, when he is leaving office.
Published 12 March 2016

Former chair of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Mads Andenæs, calls the human rights situation in Western Sahara 'very depressing'.

Published 11 March 2016
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Today, the Norwegian government pension fund excluded San Leon Energy Plc from its investment portfolios.
Published 05 March 2016
"I feel like I have been on a hybrid between the Roskilde Festival, a survival trip and Dancing with the Stars". Paid by the organisers, a Danish journalist travelled to occupied Western Sahara on business class for the 2015 edition of the controversial Crans Montana Forum.
Published 18 February 2016
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Ali Salem Tamek, a well-known human rights defender from Western Sahara, is undertaking an open-ended hunger strike to demand his right to a university education – something he claims the Moroccan government is barring him from.
Published 15 February 2016

All 9 Norwegian youth parties today met in front of the Moroccan embassy in Oslo, demanding a referendum on independence for Western Sahara.

Published 04 February 2016
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The only foreigner who managed to not be expelled from Western Sahara this week, Kim Runar Gjelstenli, has today been expelled, after Moroccan police entered into the house in which he was hiding.
Published 20 January 2016
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From Sunday noon to Wednesday afternoon, 68 foreign visitors to Western Sahara have either been detained after arrival to occupied Western Sahara or stopped upon trying to enter. All deported.
Published 19 January 2016