Frontpage          About the committee          Support us          Contact us     









News Archive 2015
News Archive 2014
News Archive 2013
News Archive 2012
News Archive 2011
News Archive 2010
News Archive 2009
News Archive 2008
News Archive 2007




Hunger striking to demand education
tamek_assa.jpg

Ali Salem Tamek, a well-known human rights defender from Western Sahara, is undertaking an open-ended hunger strike to demand his right to a university education – something he claims the Moroccan government is barring him from.
Published: 15.02 - 2016 21:09Printer version    
Ali Salem Tamek began his hunger strike on Sunday 14 February in Assa, south Morocco. He says that the Moroccan government does not allow him to register for higher education since 2007. Though he never received an official explanation, Tamek cites his human rights activism and his political position on Western Sahara as the reasons for being denied the right to education.

state_enemy_1.jpgTamek has been one of the most outspoken Saharawi activists for over two decades. He has been imprisoned multiple times, ending up spending years in jail, for his advocacy for Saharawi self-determination. Even outside of prison, Tamek is one of the Moroccan secret services’ favorite targets. The list of state-sponsored hate crimes against the man is seemingly endless; Tamek’s face was once depicted on the cover of a Moroccan tabloid, with the caption “state enemy number 1” – putting his physical safety at the mercy of the masses. His family has been pressured to renounce him. His wife has been sexually abused by secret service agents. Tamek was denied an international passport for 12 years. He’s been committed to a mental institution. He’s been injected with unknown substances. And the list goes on.

The picture above depicts Tamek on a square in Assa, where he started a sit-in 8 days ago, also in demand of his right to education. As the Moroccan government did not respond, Tamek has intensified his protest by opting for a hunger strike.

Ali Salem Tamek is the vice-president of CODESA, the Saharawi Collective of Human Defenders led by Aminatou Haidar, known as the Saharawi Gandhi. He is carrying out his hunger strike in the office of the Assa chapter of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH)

    

Top
News:

18.05 - 2017 / 18.05 - 2017Chaos in Gdeim Izik trial continues
29.03 - 2017 / 29.03 - 2017Gdeim Izik trial on pause, to recommence on 8 May
17.03 - 2017 / 17.03 - 2017Follow the Gdeim Izik trial, day by day
19.02 - 2017 / 19.02 - 2017See report on the January 2017 round of Gdeim Izik trial
29.01 - 2017 / 27.01 - 2017Still no decision on Kafkaesque court case against Saharawi activists
26.01 - 2017 / 23.01 - 201757 foreigners expelled from Western Sahara last five days
25.01 - 2017 / 25.01 - 2017Norwegians expelled from Morocco
01.09 - 2016 / 01.09 - 2016Join Amnesty campaign for the Saharawi prisoners
27.08 - 2016 / 27.08 - 2016Kosmos Energy misinforms about Western Sahara and OECD
07.06 - 2016 / 07.06 - 2016New report on need for referendum in Western Sahara
14.05 - 2016 / 14.05 - 2016Sultana Khaya beaten by Moroccan police again
25.03 - 2016 / 25.03 - 2016Norwegian investor excluded Total due to Western Sahara involvement
18.03 - 2016 / 18.03 - 2016European Democrat Students ask for self-determination for Saharawis
12.03 - 2016 / 12.03 - 2016UN torture rapporteur welcome, but not
11.03 - 2016 / 11.03 - 2016Ex UN rapporteur deplores HR situation in Western Sahara jails
05.03 - 2016 / 05.03 - 2016Norwegian pension fund blacklists San Leon over Western Sahara
15.02 - 2016 / 15.02 - 2016Hunger striking to demand education
04.02 - 2016 / 04.02 - 2016All Norway's youth parties gathered for referendum in Western Sahara
20.01 - 2016 / 20.01 - 2016Person number 68 detained and expelled from Western Sahara
19.01 - 2016 / 19.01 - 201668 foreign visitors refused access to Western Sahara last 2 days






EN  NO EN ES FR

Since 1975, three quarters of the territory of Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco. A majority of the population is still living in refugee camps in Algeria. Those who remained in their homeland are subjected to serious harassment from the Moroccan occupiers. For more than 40 years the Sahrawis have been waiting for the fullfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.

Give a donation!
Support the Support Committee. Help us work for the Sahrawi people's struggle for self-determination. Give a donation here.



Støttekomiteen for Vest-Sahara, , - :
Bank: Kontonr 9857.05.48999 - Org.no: 987 378 352 -