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US and UK students detained in El Aaiunjoanna_kristina_apr_2014_510.jpg
19.04 - 2014 15:21
Today, April 19, two students from the U.S. and UK have been detained at a checkpoint in El Aaiun.
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Norwegian delegation to Western Sahara put in hotel-arrest17.04 - 2014
On their way to visit the family of late Said Dambar tonight, a Norwegian group was told by police that they were not allowed to leave the hotel.Read more
59 Nordic organisations ask UN for human rights in Western Sahara11.04 - 2014
A large group of Nordic organizations sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council yesterday asking for the UN operation in Western Sahara to monitor the human rights situation in the territory. Among the signatories are all Norwegian youth parties.
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Nordic Youth Council asks for human rights in Western Sahara09.04 - 2014
The meeting of the Nordic Youth Council in Reykjavik 6 April 2014 demanded from the Nordic governments to take a joint initiative for Human Rights in the UN operation in Western Sahara. Particularly, they urge the Nordic governments to put pressure on Paris. Read more
Saharawi social media activists detained16.02 - 2014
Four Saharawi activists were arrested Tuesday. «They have been living under constant surveillance by the Morrocan police» said Nina Bakke, who met two of them last December.Read more

New report on refugees and rights in Western Saharanrc_510.jpg
24.01 - 2014
Norwegian Refugee Council has launched the report "Occupied Country, displaced people" on the conflict in Western Sahara.
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Meet the Saharawis - the new diaspora in Norway26.12 - 2013

This video, launched this Christmas, shows members of the Saharawi diaspora in Norway. How would you tackle to live in exile?
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Western Sahara today - right after EU vote10.12 - 2013
Two hours after the EU decides to pay Morocco 160 mill Euros for illegal fishing rights offshore occupied Western Sahara, this video was filmed.
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UN nutrition study reveals Saharawi kids malnourished24.11 - 2013
A UN study completed this year investigated the nutritional status in the Western Sahara refugee camps in Algeria. The study found that 7,6 percent of children are acutely malnourished, 16,7 percent are underweight, and 25.2 suffer from stunting.Read more
Sahrawi human rights activist and former UN top official to Norway21.11 - 2013
Sahrawi human rights activist Elghalia Djimi and former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara Francesco Bastagli were among the guests at oil seminars in Oslo and Stavanger last week. Read more

FO students request Norwegian politicians to mobilize for the Sahrawiseurope_map_510.jpg
20.11 - 2013
EU is about to enter into a new fishing agreement with Morocco, which is contrary to international law because Western Sahara is not excluded. The Norwegian Union of Social Educators and Social Workers (FO) students' congress this weekend requested Norwegian politicians to talk some sense into the EU parliamentarians.
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Morocco hinders Saharawi activist's vital surgery14.11 - 2013
Ali Salem Tamek, a well known Saharawi human rights defender, was about to leave for Europe to undergo surgery, when the Moroccan police came to arrest his wife on false charges.Read more
Norwegian Support Committee 20 years old 06.11 - 2013
The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara is 20 years old this week. We want more members as a birthday gift!
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From refugee camp to lecture tour in Norway 06.11 - 2013
Salma and Jadietu are touring Norway to talk about the situation in Western Sahara. Read more
Swedish research journalist in Norway 06.11 - 2013
The journalist Fredrik Laurin (left) came to Norway last week to talk about his new book about the resource theft in Western Sahara. - When people hear where the fish or tomatoes are from, they don't want it! he says.
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Icelandic Association for Western Sahara founded in Reykjavíkisland_510.jpg
17.10 - 2013
On October 14th The Icelandic Association for Western Sahara was formally founded.
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Controversial Oil Company Recruited Trondheim University Students01.10 - 2013
The company Total is carrying out oil exploration in the Sahara and was this year present on “Career Day” at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Changemaker, SAIH and The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara are now criticizing NTNU for lack of ethical guidelines. Read more
'The Runner' on 2nd place at Oslo Marathon22.09 - 2013
Salah 'The Runner' Amaidane came in at second place at Oslo Marathon, 10K, 21 Sept 2013.

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New MA thesis about Western Sahara 19.09 - 2013
A new master thesis written by Yuka Heka at the University of Tromsø, Norway explores the relationship between national identity and political opinions of Saharawis. Read more
Mass Grave Revealed in Western Sahara19.09 - 2013
A new report documents the discovery of eight executed Sahrawis in Western Sahara. The executions have not previously been known and shed light on Morocco’s secrecy with regard to previous disappearances.Read more

News archive:
29.04 - 2013Peaceful demonstrations and police violence continues
08.04 - 2013Polisario urges human rights monitoring
07.04 - 2013Sultana Assaulted Again
29.03 - 2013Gearbulk criticised for unethical shipments
12.02 - 2013Aftenposten: Another UN effort for Western Sahara


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.

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