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News Archive 2009
News Archive 2008



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Health Sahrawi political prisoners on hunger strike deteriorating
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The hunger strike started by the political prisoners on the 18th of March 2010, is now in its 15th day. This has gravely impacted their medical situation, which was poor to begin with, and provides serious reason for concern. They're now entering in a dangerous phase, which will affect their health even more and could possibly threaten their physical well being and their lives.
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The hunger strike started by the political prisoners on the 18th of March 2010, is now in its 15th day. This has gravely impacted their medical situation, which was poor to begin with, and provides serious reason for concern. They're now entering in a dangerous phase, which will affect their health even more and could possibly threaten their physical well being and their lives.

We have noted the following complications in their health situation:

- Ali Salem Tamek: suffering difficulty of breathing, acute asthma which needed medical attention last night, has vomited several times and he can't move or walk.
- Brahim Dahane: suffering severe stomach aches, lost consciousness last night at 3 AM which required immediate medical assistance, paralyses of his left hand.

- Ahmed Nasiri: suffering cardiac pain, heart palpitations up to 82/min, high blood pressure of 9/11, moreover loss of mobility.

- Yahdih Ettarrouzi: suffering both cardiac and intestinal pains.

- Rachid Sghayar: suffering painful joints and low blood pressure of 7/11.

These five activists are part of the so-called 'Casablanca 7', a group of seven Sahrawi human rights activists who were arrested on 8 October 2009 at Casablanca airport upon their arrival from a two-week visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, southwest Algeria. In a dangerous precedent, these 7 known human rights defenders were referred to a military court. They are currently imprisoned, deprived of their basic rights, awaiting their trial for which no date has been set yet.


News archive:
14.04 - 2010RFK and HRW call for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
10.04 - 2010Morocco to appoint a Polisario deserter Ambassador to Spain
09.04 - 2010Morocco must end harassment of Sahrawi activists
05.04 - 2010Worldwide appeal for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
06.04 - 2010Moroccan crack-down against group of Saharawi activists
04.04 - 2010Appeal by political prisoner's mother
02.04 - 2010Health Sahrawi political prisoners on hunger strike deteriorating
16.03 - 2010Emprisoned Saharawi activist wins human rights award
05.03 - 2010First EU-Morocco summit: Donít forget human rights in Western Sahara
05.03 - 2010Take action for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
24.02 - 2010European Parliament's lawyers declare EU fishing illegal
12.02 - 2010Parties to Western Sahara dispute commit to further UN-backed talks
09.02 - 2010Parties in Western Sahara dispute to hold new round of talks tomorrow
28.01 - 2010Morocco slammed for Sahara travel ban
23.01 - 2010Peak phosphorous: mankind's latest threat
18.12 - 2009Activist's "victory" over Morocco puts Sahara back on world agenda
18.12 - 2009Activist heads home after ending hunger strike
17.12 - 2009As UN Council meets on Western Sahara, ill Haidar is freed
17.12 - 2009Western Sahara hunger striker taken to hospital
05.12 - 2009AU calls on Moroccan authorities to allow return of rights activist






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Africa's last colony Since 1975, three quarters of the Western Sahara territory has been illegally occupied by Morocco. The original population lives divided between those suffering human rights abuses under the Moroccan occupation and those living in exile in Algerian refugee camps. For more than 40 years, the Saharawi await the fulfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.
Trailer: Western Sahara, Africa's last colony

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Have a look at this teaser for the upcoming documentary "Western Sahara, Africa's last colony". Coming soon.
Book: International Law and the Question of Western Sahara

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To our knowledge the first collective book on the legal aspects of the Western Sahara conflict. Available in English and French. Order it here.