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Broken Families: A Western Saharan man becomes a leader for his people’s struggle for justice (SEM)

Broken Families, premiering on Sunday, 2 February 2014 on Al Jazeera English, follows Western Saharan community leader and activist Brahim Dahane as he seeks justice for his community against a range of abuses. Filmed over a six-month period, Dahane finds himself becoming the voice for the families whose sons or brothers have been arbitrarily imprisoned, secretly detained or disappeared, held without trial, tortured and ultimately tried by a Moroccan military court during peacetime

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A forgotten human rights tragedy (CNN- Global Public Square)

Aminatou Haidar was pulled from her vehicle by a mob, shoved to the ground and repeatedly assaulted in a four hour public attack that left her severely beaten. Inside her car, destroyed during the November 2012 incident, sat her teenage daughter and her sister.
Haidar, a Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award laureate, was heading home from a meeting with United Nations officials in Western Sahara. Sadly, this wasn’t the first time her family had been attacked. Months earlier, a group of men on a bus recognized her son and daughter and attacked the children, sending them home bloody and bruised as a message to their mother. Before that, she says a thug snarled at her teenage son: “I will rape you ’til you’re paralyzed.”

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Morocco/Western Sahara: Rights Promises Outpace Progress (HRW)

Rabat) – Moroccan authorities in 2013 promised more human rights improvements than they delivered, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. Courts sent dissidents to jail after unfair trials, police used excessive force to break up peaceful demonstrations, and in the contested territory of Western Sahara, officials repressed supporters of self-determination.
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The Saharawi refugee camps seen through the eyes of a Moroccan

The Saharawi refugee camps seen through the eyes of the Moroccan filmmaker Nadir Bouhmouch.

Crackdown on demonstrations demanding human rights monitoring mechanism

More than 50 Saharawis were injured in a Moroccan forces’ crackdown on a peaceful demonstration organized Wednesday in El Aaiun, capital of Western Sahara, informed a Saharawi media source.
The demonstration was held as a response to a call launched to support the national campaign for expanding MINURSO mandate to include human rights monitoring in Western Sahara and to demand the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.

Need For UN Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms In Western Sahara (Bernama)

SALE (Morocco), Jan 16 (Bernama) — The Saharawi political prisoners, “Gdeim Izik” group, jailed in the Moroccan prison of Sale, stressed Tuesday that MINURSO is the only United Nations mission which does not have a mechanism of human rights monitoring, Algeria’s Press Service (APS) reported.

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Rabat Regime and Western Sahara: The marketing of illusions (diasporasaharaui)

Invading the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara in 1975, just prior to that country’s scheduled independence, the Moroccan monarchy found both an outlet to externalize the stranglehold of its domestic legitimacy crisis, and a means to release itself from isolation. In light of this adventurous step, which – to a large extent – succeeded with the collaboration of the Spanish government, with the additional support of France and the United States, and the financing of Saudi Arabia, the Moroccan monarchy was able to overcome its internal crisis, as descendants of the Moroccan national parties viewed the invasion as an indication of the monarchy’s commitment to nationalism. This new approach was a catharsis to the monarchy, and marks the point when the marketing of illusions began in earnest.

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