Saharawi people most, live in a State of Exile


"Morocco continues its illegal occupation, mainly because of access to the phosphate supply"

You just wonder don't you in a world with so much sophistication how it could be allowed, that one country's resources could be sold by another with the West buying these products illegally?

Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.





Rome March 27, 2012 (SPS) - The cause of the Saharawi people is almost forgotten by the international community, said Tuesday in Rome bureau chief for regional humanitarian protection from the High Commissioner for Refugees United Nations (UNHCR).
 
"I feel that the cause of the Saharawi people and the Sahrawi refugees in Tindouf (southern Algeria) is almost forgotten by the international community, "the official said in a statement to the Algerian News Agency (APS) following the visit of the delegation present in Italy as part of a study mission.
 
For the UN official, "the situation of these Sahrawi refugees for 35 years must be resolved by the International community mobilization and a greater interest in this important issue." (SPS)
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Latest: vessel discharged unethical Sahara cargo in Australia: The vessel 'Allegra' was on 3 November 2011 observed discharging phosphate rock in Tasmania, Australia. The cargo originates from occupied Western Sahara.  See video of the operation here.

IAJUWS calls on international observers to attend the trail of Saharawi prisoners of Gdeim Izik. Saharawi activists of Gdeim Izik camp, who are currently incarcerated in the Moroccan prison of Salˇ and to be taken next January 13 to a Moroccan military trail.

Polisario Front calls on UN to accelerate decolonization of Western Sahara.


The invisible struggle of the indigenous Saharawis.

Morocco's fish fight: High stakes over Western Sahara

The European Parliament rejects to extend the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement -  and  called for a more environmentally and economically beneficial deal, which should take account of the interests of the Sahrawi population. The current protocol, which has applied provisionally since 28 February 2011, will cease to apply immediately.


El Aaiun massacre was at 11 deaths, 723 injured and 159 missing.


Sahrawi people live in a State of Exile

You just wonder don't you in a world with so much sophistication how it could be allowed, that one country's resources could be sold by another with the West buying these products illegally?

The state of Western Sahara or Sahrawi Republic is situated along a strip of coast in West Africa between Mauritania and Morocco.
The capital is El-Aaiun (La'youne) and the official language is Arabic. The local currency is the Moroccan dirham (DH).

Due to political occupation of their lands by the Morocco government, many of the Sahrawri people have fled, amid a struggle for ongoing independence, to other regions. Their are a number Sahrawi of refugee camps in West Africa. The number of Saharawi refugees is estimated between 150,000 and 200,000. A majority of Saharawis live in exile in refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria.

The main reason behind the occupation of Sahrawi Republic is its potential deposits of oil, natural gas, uranium, iron and critically the current mining of phosphates and rich fishing resources.

For this reason, the country, is Africa's last colony to gain independence after a long struggle.

The
Sahrawi Republic was formerly the Spanish colony of Rio de Oro. The Western Sahara was annexed by both Morocco and Mauritania when Spain withdrew in February 1976.

After Mauritania withdrew from the territory in August 1979, it was incorporated into and administered by Morocco.

Dissatisfied, the Polisario Front liberation movement [on behalf of the Sahawri peoples] continued their struggle to end all foreign occupation of their country.

The Polisario Front liberation movement
formed a government-in-exile in 1976 and declared the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

November 1984, the Polisario Front's SADR was recognised by the Organisation for African Unity leading to the withdrawal of Morocco from the OAU in protest.

May 1991, the Polisario Front and Morocco ended many years of fighting following a UN sponsored peace settlement.

The struggle for the future is that the state of Western Sahara will be settled under a UN-supervised referendum giving the Sahrawri people independence from Morocco.



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Western Sahara Endgame
"The CourtÕs conclusion is that the materials and information presented to it do not establish any tie of territorial sovereignty between the territory of Western Sahara and the Kingdom of Morocco....Ó International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion 1975

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