Western Sahara - Afrik.com : Africa and Maghreb's news - The panafrican daily newspaper https://www.afrik-news.com/ Afrik.com, Africa's portal offers a daily online newspaper with information on what is going on in the world, culture, economics, sport, societies of 56 african countries. en Afrik-news.com : Africa news, Maghreb news - The african daily newspaper https://www.afrik-news.com/images/logo_moyen.gif https://www.afrik-news.com/ FiSahara: British film industry at Sahara refugee film festival https://www.afrik-news.com/article19178.html Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:07:43 +0100 Around 150 members of the British film industry gathered on Wednesday evening for the London launch of the 8th International Sahara Film Festival: the world's remotest film festival. The event, held in 33 Portland Place - a key location for the Oscar winning King's Speech – saw a host of actors, directors and film industry insiders come together to find out more about the festival which takes place in May in a refugee camp in the desert. Among the guests were film-directors Guillem Morales and Sara Olsson whose films will be among the 30 movies on this year's festival programme. Stefan Simanowitz Western Sahara: Morocco incites potential for war https://www.afrik-news.com/article18465.html Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:10:01 +0100 At six am on Monday 8th November, Moroccan armed military forces began a violent attack on one of the largest of Western Sahara's three 'independence camps', comprising a reported 8000 tents and 30,000 Sahrawi residents. Konstantina Isidoros Running the gauntlet: Silent Saharawis protest on streets of Western Sahara https://www.afrik-news.com/article18328.html Fri, 01 Oct 2010 20:06:28 +0200 “They tore off my clothes leaving me naked in front of their ferocious eyes” twenty year-old Nguia El Haouasi tells me describing an ordeal she suffered last year at the hands of Moroccan police. As a campaigner for self-determination of her native Western Sahara she has been arrested many times. On this occasion she was released after just 24 hours but not before she had been beaten and tortured. Stefan Simanowitz Human rights defenders beaten at Western Saharan airport https://www.afrik-news.com/article18323.html Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:19:11 +0200 Four human rights defenders were injured, one seriously, by Moroccan police in Western Sahara after returning home from an international conference in Algiers yesterday. One international observer also suffered a broken finger when police confronted the activists as they came out of the airport in Layoune, the main city in the former Spanish colony now occupied by Morocco. Stefan Simanowitz Algeria-Morocco: Violent clash averted in Western Sahara stand-off https://www.afrik-news.com/article18313.html Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:52:38 +0200 “I have just lived through one of the most terrifying experiences of my life” renowned Spanish actor Willy Toledo, tells me over the phone in the early hours of Tuesday morning. He, together with six other international observers had just accompanied 28 Saharawi human rights defenders on their trip back from an international conference in Algeria to their home in Layoune, Western Sahara, the mineral-rich former Spanish colony controlled by Morocco. Stefan Simanowitz A Spanish flottila to call for Western Sahara independence from Morocco https://www.afrik-news.com/article18246.html Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:07:26 +0200 Morocco and Spain, who have in recent times been involved in numerous diplomatic incidents, are to face their toughest test yet as Spanish and Sahrawi activists prepare to launch a flotilla to call for the independence of Western Sahara. Stéphanie Plasse Western Sahara: Morocco to be sent to court by injured Spanish activists https://www.afrik-news.com/article18168.html Wed, 01 Sep 2010 14:02:54 +0200 To the utter dismay of the Spanish Government eleven Spanish activists were arrested Saturday in El-Aaiun, the capital of Western Sahara, by the Moroccan police during a demonstration for the territory's independence. Released and deported back to Spain, the eleven activists claim they were tortured by the Moroccan police, who they plan to take to court. And while Madrid seeks to settle the row, Rabat has remained reticent on the affair. René Dassié Monty Pythons show solidarity with Sahara refugees https://www.afrik-news.com/article18046.html Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:34:52 +0200 Michael Palin and Terry Jones were among the celebrities attending a private view of a photographs from the Western Sahara refugee camps in London on Wednesday. The pair of Pythons joined other actors including Neighbours star Nicola Quilter at the event which showed images of refugees from one of the world's longest and most forgotten conflicts. Stefan Simanowitz Exhibition of forgotten refugees of the Sahara marks Refugee Week https://www.afrik-news.com/article17809.html Thu, 17 Jun 2010 02:39:29 +0200 A photographic exhibition marking Refugee Week opened this week in Brighton with images of refugees from one of the world's longest and most forgotten conflicts. Known as 'Africa's last colony' Western Sahara, was given to Morocco by the Spanish when they withdrew in 1976. A 16 year war followed and a 19 year ceasefire, but the Saharawi's displaced by the occupation have never been able to return home. Alice Lefevre Guinness World Records challenged over Moroccan flag stunt https://www.afrik-news.com/article17645.html Sun, 16 May 2010 17:02:38 +0200 Campaigners today have dismissed the unfurling of the world's biggest flag in occupied Western Sahara as a political stunt by Morocco and demanded that Guinness World Records strip them of the record which they were awarded on 9th May. Alice Lefevre French government officials “deplore” Frances action on Western Sahara human rights https://www.afrik-news.com/article17548.html Mon, 03 May 2010 11:55:36 +0200 Today (30th April 2010) a cross-party group of 40 French government representatives joined with French civil society leaders in condemning the attempt by France to block a United Nations resolution that would introduce human rights monitoring in Western Sahara. The statement signed by Mayors and Councillors from all regions of France and from all political parties apart from the Front Nationale, comes in response news today that a UN Resolution due to be passed today has been obstructed by the French. The resolution looked set to introduce human rights monitoring in Western Sahara and apparently carried unanimous support from all other 14 members of the Security Council. The UN peace keeping force in Western Sahara, MINURSO, is the only one without a human rights monitoring mandate. South Africa reaffirms solidarity with Western Sahara https://www.afrik-news.com/article17539.html Fri, 30 Apr 2010 01:10:02 +0200 South African ambassador to Algeria today reaffirmed South Africa's solidarity with the struggle of the Saharawi people for self determination. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Sahara International Film Festival held in Dakhla, refugee camp in the Algerian desert, Kaya Somgqueza, Charge d'Affaires for the South African government in South Africa said that "President Zuma and all the people in South Africa believe that we cannot regard the continent of Africa as free until Western Sahara is liberated." UK: Leaked letters expose differences between political parties over Western Sahara policy https://www.afrik-news.com/article17471.html Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:53:34 +0200 Letters disclosed today show that the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have a different policy to the Labour government in relation to resolving the 35 year conflict in Western Sahara. Western Saharan hunger strikers and Morocco's human rights violations https://www.afrik-news.com/article17348.html Thu, 15 Apr 2010 01:25:34 +0200 Worldwide appeals have been launched in support of thirty-six Saharawi hunger strikers reaching their 29th day of protests. The wave of hunger strikes, which have spread across seven Moroccan jails, began on 18 March with the political prisoners of conscience now experiencing desperately critical symptoms of medical deterioration. Konstantina Isidoros Western Sahara: Campaigners call for of release of hunger strikers after 1 month without food https://www.afrik-news.com/article17344.html Thu, 15 Apr 2010 01:08:26 +0200 A human rights campaigner from Western Sahara who spoke out against the Moroccan occupation of his country on BBC documentary is among six hunger strikers in a critical condition after a month without food. The six promininent human rights defenders have been held in a Moroccan prison for over 6 months and could face the death penalty if found guilty of trumped-up charges against them. Amnesty International have adopted them as prisoners of conscience and today human rights groups called for their immediate release.