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Sidi Mohammed Daddach, winner of the Rafto prize, was stoned and beaten senseless in Western Sahara yesterday. Birgitta Ersland, from Bergen, was right in the middle of the tumult. Bergens Tidende, 17 June 2008.
Published 18 June 2008
A statement was unanimously adopted at the Norwegian Socialist Left Party's National Board meeting today, 16th of june 2008, asking Gearbulk to terminate its engagement in Western Sahara. The Socialist Left Party is the second biggest party in the Norwegian coalition government. Read the statement here.
Published 16 June 2008
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Sahrawis in Norway are asking Bergen-owned Gearbulk shipping company to stop trading with Western Sahara. They believe such trade maintains the brutal occupation.
Published 16 June 2008
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Three Norwegian shipping companies have apologized and stopped their operations in occupied Western Sahara. However, the Bergen-owned company Gearbulk continues their controversial transports. Next week, yet another Gearbulk vessel is due to arrive in a New Zealand harbour with phosphates. The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara argues that the Sahrawi population has suffered a financial loss amounting to 200 million USD, as a result of the shipments of this shipping company alone.
Published 15 June 2008
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3 stowaways -probably Moroccan- are now in police custody in Norway after arrving in port of Horten, Norway on 3rd of June. They had hidden in a vessel with fish meal from El Aaiun in occupied Western Sahara, and were discovered as the vessel discharged its cargo in Latvia.
Published 13 June 2008
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The third 'Norwegian' shipping company in half a year says it will not longer visit ports in occupied Western Sahara. Jinhui Shipping, registered on Oslo Stock Exchange, says to South China Morning Post that it will not contract any more business in the country.

Published 05 June 2008
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Built to keep the Sahrawi from their own land, the berm that bisects Western Sahara is a potent symbol of Morocco's determination to hold on to Africa's last colony in the face of long-standing - but weak - international pressure. Ivan Broadhead reports. South China Morning Post, 11th of May, 2008.
Published 05 June 2008
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The appeal trial of Naama Asfari was supposed to take place Monday. Court accepted to postpone the appeal trial until 16th of June -two days after Asfari's 2 months prison term ends. A team of European lawyers and observers was present for the trial.

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  • Published 02 June 2008
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    The Norwegian shipping company R-Bulk apologizes that one of their vessels has transported phosphates from Western Sahara, and say they will do their utmost to prevent it from happening again.

    Read also: Japanese shipping company behind transport from Western Sahara
    Published 01 June 2008
    In violation of international recommendations, 15.000 tonnes of phosphates have been transported from Western Sahara to Colombia.
    Published 31 May 2008
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    April this year, a vessel belonging to the Norwegian ship owner company R-Bulk, transported 15.000 tonnes of phosphate from occupied Western Sahara to Colombia. The Norwegian trade union Industry and Energy, as well as the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara and Western Sahara Resource Watch today protests the shipment. The phosphate industry in the occupied country takes place in violation of international law.
    Published 30 May 2008
    Check out this footage of Moroccan forces surrounding the University campus in Marrakech, and later throwing teargas into the campus. Sahrawis are injured, and flee the campus.
    Published 29 May 2008
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    A number of Saharawi students were injured when Moroccan police stormed into student homes in Marrakech.
    Published 28 May 2008
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    The Norway-based Red Cross Nordic United World Colleges has opened a business to import artefacts from the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria and market them in Norway and Scandinavia.
    Published 24 May 2008
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    The European Liberal Youth demands the termination of the controversial EU fisheries agreement with Morocco that lets European vessels fish in occupied Western Sahara. Read statement from the Liberal Youth's annual Lymec congress, Barcelona 1-4th May 2008.
    Published 16 May 2008
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    Leader of the El Aaiun branch of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, Mr. Iguilid Hammoud, was, on May 10th, detained by the police, interrogated and then released outside of town.
    Published 12 May 2008
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    One out of five Sahrawi children who have grown up in refugee camps in Algeria are suffering from acute malnutrition. A report that will be is_is_published by the Norwegian Church Aid next week shows that the health of Sahrawi children now are severely affected by the lack of humanitarian aid.
    Published 08 May 2008
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    In a report launched May 6th 2008, American NGO Freedom House rates the situation for political rights and civil liberties in the occupied Western Sahara on the same level of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe and Belarus.
    Published 07 May 2008
    The Australian Western Sahara Association reacts to a new shipment of phosphate that this week-end arrived Tasmania. May 6th, they sent a letter to the company demanding the imports to stop.
    Published 07 May 2008
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    The Norwegian insurance company, Skuld, keeps insuring ships carrying controversial cargo. After the case of the ship carrying weapons to Zimbabwe, it has now been discovered that Skuld has ensured a ship carrying phosphate from occupied Western Sahara.

    Read also: AWSA demands halt to Tasmanian phosphate imports
    Published 07 May 2008
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    "It is unjust, unjust, unjust", said Enaama Asfari to the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara. Asfari was sentenced on Monday to two months imprisonment for an alleged harassment committed at a time when he was, in fact, being tortured by the police.
    Published 01 May 2008
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    Enaama Asfari (right) is dreaming of returning to his home in France. But first he would have to win in court. Monday 28th of April, he is appearing before the court in Marrakech.
    Published 28 April 2008

    Last week, Haddi Yarba, a Sociology student was struck on the head with a stone. Now he has problems finding the words.
    Published 28 April 2008
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    Local authorities in South Morocco considers French Claude Mangin, the lady on the left, a threat to public order.
    Published 28 April 2008
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    On Saturday the Sahrawi student, Elkouria Amidane, received anonymous telephone threats. "Leave your home and you will be kidnapped and severely beaten".
    Published 28 April 2008
    Amnesty International demands investigation of torture allegations against Enaama Asfari
    Published 25 April 2008
    The leading human rights activist, Enaama Asfari has been arrested in Marrakech. His French wife found him in a prison, after a 3 day long disappearance.
    Published 25 April 2008
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    A group of French human rights activists is now being expelled from Morocco. Among them are Claude Mangin (left), who travelled to the country to attend the trials against her husband (right).
    Published 25 April 2008
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    A representative of the Norwegian company Aqualyng is Saturday giving a presentation at a conference in occupied Western Sahara. The company is hesitating responding to questions whether they have investment plans in the country.
    Published 24 April 2008
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    A Moroccan website is attempting to discredit the Danish General, Kurt Mosgaard, who was the commanding officer for MINURSO in Western Sahara for two years.
    Published 24 April 2008
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    She travelled to Morocco to be present at the trial against her husband, who is falsely changed by a Moroccan court with a series of charges. Today, French Claude Mangin was arrested too -and she is now threatened with expulsion from Morocco.
    Published 24 April 2008
    The Sahrawi students in Marrakech are under attack from armed Moroccan gangs. See fresh videos of peaceful demonstrations and victims by clicking "Read more" below.
    Published 24 April 2008
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    Sahrawi students at the University of Marrakech, Moroccco, are subjected to assault and chasing by armed gangs, according to human rights NGO, CODESA.
    Published 22 April 2008
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    Sahrawi human rights defender Naama Asfari has today been before a court in in Marrakech.
    Published 21 April 2008
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    Yarba had the incorrect opinions when he arrived El Aaiun airport, but managed to get 4 minutes with his family.
    Published 20 April 2008
    Read the report on the international trade union delegation to occupied Western Sahara from 17th to 22nd of February 2008.
    Published 15 April 2008
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    The former military chief of the UN mission in Western Sahara believes the UN must stand firmer on the claim for a referendum on independence. "But some permanent members of the Security Council have not wanted to push too hard for this" said Kurt Mosgaard, MINURSO Force Commander 2005-2007. Mosgaard is interviewed in a recent report from the Norwegian Refugee Council.
    Published 05 April 2008
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    The leader of Liberal Youth Norway, Anne Solsvik, reacts strongly to the Grimstad firm Finsam operating in Western Sahara. Agderposten, 12 March 2008.
    Published 01 April 2008
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    By the end of last week, the 30 year old Sahrawi student, Said Bellal, was sentenced to 4 months of prison. Amnesty International writes in a release today that they expect him to be a prisoner of conscience, jailed only for his activities for self-determination for the Sahrawi people. Bellal is sentenced for having taken part in a demonstration in May 2007. His explanation that he was subjected to torture, is not to have been investigated by the police.

    Published 31 March 2008
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    A new publication has just been published by the Norwegian Refugee Council. Order here.

    Published 28 March 2008
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    Since end of February, Sahrawis in Moroccan prisons have been on hunger strike. For the most part they are political prisoners, protesting primarily the bad treatment they receive. Human rights organisations are now issuing warnings that the physical condition for some of the prisoners are worsening.
    Published 25 March 2008
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    The Sahrawi human rights organisation CODESA has put together a report of last year's human rights violations committed by Morocco against the Sahrawis.
    Published 22 March 2008
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    The Danish Youth of the Conservative Party adopts a resolution in favour of Western Sahara in its annual congress, 15th-16th of March, 2008.
    Published 21 March 2008
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    Last year the sister, Elkouria Amidane, met Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Now her brother is on a hunger strike in a prison in Morocco.
    Published 13 March 2008
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    The General Assembly of the Norwegian Labour Party's Oslo Constituency, 7th-8th March 2008, demands that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls Western Sahara an occupied country.
    Published 12 March 2008
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    The Sahrawi human rights association ASVDH has started a campaign for the immediate release of their imprisoned general secretary, Brahim Sabbar.
    Published 12 March 2008
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    Two Moroccan policemen imprisoned for the murder of Sahrawi man in 2005 have been released after a court, this week, reduced their sentences from 10 to 2 years.
    Published 12 March 2008
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    Anders Forsmo from Vallø, Norway, has been running in Marathons for almost 20 years. On the 25 February he ran once again – in the Sahara. Tønsbergs Blad, 6th March, 2008.
    Published 11 March 2008
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    2nd of March 2008, a semi-marathon was arranged in Fjaler, north of Bergen, in solidarity with the Sahrawi refugees.
    Published 10 March 2008
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    Western Sahara’s government in exile accuses the shipping company J. Lauritzen of contributing to theft of natural resources from the occupied parts of the country.
    Published 27 February 2008