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Profit-Driven US and British Oil Companies Set to Violate International Law in Western Sahara (Global Search)

But the UN’s Corell has made clear on multiple occasions that this is not sufficient to make the drilling lawful. In 2008, he issued a clarification of his original legal opinion that described it as “formulated in such a manner that it would be crystal clear that Morocco had no authority to engage in exploration or exploitation of mineral resources in Western Sahara if this was done in disregard of the interests and wishes of the people of Western Sahara.”

Speaking to the Financial Times on 17 September, Corell said that “the more resources are found in Western Sahara and its maritime zone, the less will be the incentive for Morocco to fulfil the UN resolutions and international law.”

Neither Morocco’s ONHYM nor the Moroccan government responded to requests for comment.

The Sahrawi population is divided into those still living in the occupied territory, and the thousands who fled from the Moroccan army in 1975 and became refugees living in camps in South-West Algeria.

Sahrawi living in the refugee camps are also highly critical of the drilling.

“Kosmos and Cairn plan to participate in the looting of our country,” said Kamal Fadel a representative of the Sahrawi government in the camps, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

“This is a shameful act by Kosmos and Cairn that puts their greed before the respect of legality and human rights, and it helps perpetuate the illegal occupation of our homeland, encouraging Morocco to continue to obstruct UN efforts to resolve the conflict,” Fadel told MEE.

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Saharawi political prisoner and human rights activist, Hasena Elwali Aleya, dies at a military hospital

 Saharawi political prisoner and human rights activist, Hasena Elwali Aleya, died Sunday night at a military hospital in the occupied city of Dakhla, where he had been admitted due to his “critical” health conditions, as a result of medical negligence. The Saharawi political prisoner Aleya suffered of a critical condition for some time in his cell in prison before being transferred to a hospital in the occupied city of Elaiun, where he was denied proper medical treatment.
Angry but peaceful protests have been recorded Monday in the occupied town of Dakhla, following the announcement of the death of Saharawi political prisoner, member of the Saharawi Association Against Torture, Hasnet El-Wali, at the local military hospital.
The occupied city of Dakhla has become under an unprecedented state of siege since the early hours of Monday, following the death of Sahrawi political prisoner Hasena Elwali Aleya.Saharawi political prisoner and human rights activist, Hasena Elwali Aleya, died Sunday night at a military hospital
The Polisario Front has condemned the “deliberate assassination” of Saharawi human rights activist Hasnet El-Wali in Dakhla, a town under Moroccan occupation, dubbing it a “cowardly, criminal act, said a communiqué by the Saharawi Republic presidency.

Saharawi presidency stressed United Nations’ responsibility over the occupied territory of Western Sahara, whose people are deprived of their right to self-determination, warning against “repercussions of Morocco’s occupation and repression,” Hassenna Elwali

Minurso Cannot Become Occupation Supporter Body, Says Ould Salek

Saharawi Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Salek said Sunday, in Algiers, that it is “inconceivable that the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) becomes a body backing occupation instead of a peace mission.”

“The credibility of the United Nations is put to the test with this issue, as the very essence of UN existence is at stake, namely people’s right to self-determination,” the Saharawi official told a news conference.

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http://allafrica.com/stories/201409221665.html

URGENT ACTION SAHRAWIS ON HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST TORTURE (Amnesty International)

URGENT ACTION
SAHRAWIS ON HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST TORTURE
Seven Sahrawi men were severely beaten on 17 September in Laayoune Local Prison,
Western Sahara. They have gone on hunger strike in protest.

Seven Sahrawi men, Mohamed Baber, Abdessalam Loumadi, Abdelmoutaleb Sarir, Mahmoud El Haissan, Aaliayne El Moussaoui, Abdelkrim Bouchalga and Abdelfattah Dallal were reportedly subjected to torture and other ill-treatment from around 4.30 to 11pm on 17 September 2014 by staff at Laayoune Local Prison where they are detained, according to local sources. The seven men were handcuffed, severely beaten in the prison courtyard in front of other detainees, and verbally abused.

This article is available in full:

http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/uaa23314.pdf

Africa Beats: Aziza Brahim voices Western Sahara blues (BBC)

Now she is using her beautiful and compelling voice to draw the world’s attention to the ongoing plight of her people.

“I think music is the most powerful weapon,” she tells Africa Beats. “If I can give publicity to my conflict, it’s a duty and a satisfaction.”

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29020181

Western Sahara: Brazil’s House of Representatives Urges Government to Recognize SADR (AllAfrica.com)

The House of Representatives of Brazil asked, in a request delivered to President Dilma Rousseff, the government of Brazil to take “a clear stance” on Western Sahara issue, deploring Morocco’s violations of human rights in the occupied Saharawi territories.

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http://allafrica.com/stories/201409050704.html

Morocco/Western Sahara: Fair Trials Elusive (HRW)

Human Rights Watch highlighted the case of Abdeslam Loumadi, a Sahrawi from El-Ayoun, in a civilian court. The court did not investigate Loumadi’s allegations that the police tortured him during interrogation. The court then convicted him on the basis of a statement to the police that he repudiated as false and said he did not sign. His case followed a pattern in which courts are convicting defendants using evidence that may have been obtained under torture or ill-treatment.

This article is available in full:

http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/09/09/moroccowestern-sahara-fair-trials-elusive