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U.S Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 Western Sahara

U.S Department of State
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013
Western Sahara
– See more at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm?year=2013&dlid=220383#wrapper

Foreign Minister Encouraged to be More Vocal on Western Sahara (icelandreview)

The Icelandic parliament’s foreign affairs committee recommends in a new version of its report on the parliamentary resolution on supporting the self-determination of inhabitants of Western Sahara that the resolution be accepted, visir.is reports.

The report confirms the previous position taken by Iceland that the self-determination of the population of Western Sahara should be respected and that the Minister for Foreign Affairs be encouraged to actively promote such a policy internationally.

This article is available in full:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2014/02/27/foreign-minister-encouraged-be-more-vocal-western-sahara

The Berlin Wall of the Desert (newint.org)

Whilst the world is commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall, another less well-known wall that separates a nation and its people still stands tall. At 1,553 miles long, the wall that divides Western Sahara is 12 times longer than the Berlin Wall and, having stood for 29 years, is now a year older than the Berlin Wall was when it was toppled. – See more at: http://newint.org/features/special/2009/11/10/sahara-berlin-wall/#sthash.3BBpQ2KD.dpuf

Western Sahara activists feel full force of Moroccan intimidation (The Guardian)

Western Sahara can only be described as a police state. I was there recently with the first British parliamentary delegation to the occupied territory and everywhere we went we were closely shadowed by undercover agents. Wherever we were driven by our Saharawi hosts, we were tailed by Moroccan police.

Most chilling of all was the heavy police intimidation of a peaceful Saharawi demonstration we witnessed in the capital, Laayoune, the day before we left.

This article is available in full on:

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/feb/25/western-sahara-saharawi-activists-moroccan-intimidation

Why Western Sahara Matters (Morning Star)

Last week I was part of a delegation from the all-parliamentary Western Sahara group to visit the Moroccan-occupied territory, with John Hillary of War on Want and John Gurr of the Western Sahara resources group.
We held over 20 meetings with a wide range of groups of former prisoners, human rights campaigners, women’s organisations, disability groups and trade unions.

This article is available in full on:

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-41da-Why-Western-Sahara-matters#.UwZLFX-9KK3

UN pressed on Western Sahara human rights (oneworld.org)

Two British MPs and representatives from NGOs today urged the UN to monitor human rights in Western Sahara.
UK MPs, NGOs witness police ‘violence, intimidation’
Westminster MPs and representatives from British non-governmental organisations today urged the UN to monitor human rights in Western Sahara.
The alert came amid the return of the first-ev
Bazina Monument, Westen Sahara Image by Nick Brooks er UK delegation to Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara to investigate claims of human rights abuse in the territory.
During the four-day probe, organised by the all-party parliamentary group on Western Sahara, the delegation met human rights activists, as well as the families of people allegedly killed or disappeared by Moroccan forces, and collected testimonies from victims.
Read the full article:
http://oneworld.org/2014/02/17/un-pressed-on-western-sahara-human-rights/

Morocco police beat Sahrawi protesters as British MPs visit: NGO (ahram)

Plainclothes Moroccan police violently broke up a peaceful pro-independence protest in the Western Sahara city of Laayoune after a visit by a British MP, a prominent Moroccan rights group said Monday.
About 100 activists, including women, gathered on Saturday evening in the neighbourhood of Maatallah, despite police efforts to block the protest, according to Hamoud Iguilid from the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH).

Read the full article:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/94483/World/Region/Morocco-police-beat-Sahrawi-protesters-as-British-.aspx