Western Sahara has been illegally occupied by Morocco for 39 years. The international community seemingly ignores the possibility to find a solution for this problem and by several economic and political sanctions even supports the occupation.
The former Spanish colony, Western Sahara has been occupied by the Moroccans since 1975. After 16 years of bloody war between Morocco and the Sahrawi liberation movement – the Polisario Front – in 1991 a UN-brokered cease-fire promised a referendum in Western Sahara, but the native Sahrawis have still been waiting for a solution. Meanwhile Morocco have been controlling a major part of the country and takes advantage of the natural resources, the Sahrawis are living inhumane conditions in their own land or as refugees in Tindouf, Algeria. Though the International Court of Justice recognized the Sahrawi people as the legitimate owners of Western Sahara, Morocco hasn’t moved its hundreds of thousands of settlers from the territory. The situation seems to be in a deadlock and the international community doesn’t seem keen to put pressure on Morocco, to leave the illegally occupied country.
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