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Attacks on Saharawi journalists, UN calls on investigationsbatal_520.jpg
09.01 - 2020 12:07
A shocking video last year showed Saharawi journalist Walid El Batal pulled out of a car and beaten by Moroccan police. The UN now calls on full investigation.
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Verdict on Saharawi journalist to be made in two weeks24.06 - 2019
A judge in occupied Western Sahara today concluded that the verdict in the case against Saharawi journalist Nazha El Khalidi will be announced on 8 July. Read more
Norwegian government refutes Moroccan propaganda 07.06 - 2019
The Moroccan ambassador in Oslo stated that Norwegian observers cannot attend trials in Western Sahara, as courtrooms are always closed, including in Norway. The Government of Norway this week stated that this is incorrect. Read more

Two Norwegian trial observers deported from Western Sahara 19.05 - 2019
Two international observers accredited by the Norway-based Rafto Foundation for Human Rights were today prevented from entering El Aaiún, Western Sahara.Read more
Risking 2 years in jail for Facebook Live video17.03 - 2019

Nazha Elkhalidi filmed a street demonstration in December. Now, she is charged, and risks a severe punishment. Here, she is filming her own detention on Facebook Live. Trial tomorrow.
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Western Sahara friendship group established at Norwegian parliamentvennegruppe_510.jpg
05.02 - 2019
Representatives from all nine political parties at the Norwegian parliament today established a friendship group for Western Sahara.
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The UN asks for immediate release of Mbarek Daoudi15.01 - 2019
The UN working group on Arbitrary Detention asks for the immediate release of human rights defender Mbarek Daoudi. Check our mini-report that gives the context.Read more
Shipping company drops Western Sahara transports11.01 - 2019
In 2015 and 2017, the Norwegian shipping company Spar Shipping transported two large cargos of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara to India. The company announced today that further trade from the territory is out of the question. Read more

Western Sahara not part of Norway-Morocco aviation agreement30.12 - 2018
Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs clarifies that the aviation agreement between Norway and Morocco cannot be applied to Western Sahara.
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The 'Group of Friends' refuses inclusion of friends of Western Sahara10.06 - 2018
The small group of states that prepare Western Sahara resolutions for the United Nations Security Council, the so-called 'Group of Friends for Western Sahara', refuses to allow friends of Western-Sahara be included in the group. Foreign Minister Søreide explains. Read more

Alarming development for the Gdeim Izik prisonersgdeimizik25510.jpg
27.11 - 2017
The situation for the 19 Saharawi political prisoners known as the 'Gdeim Izik group' is increasingly worrisome.
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New report: Western Sahara activists in arbitrary detention25.09 - 2017
Former President-Rapporteur, United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, expresses deep concern after observing the court case against 24 human rights activists from the occupied parts of Western Sahara. 19 of the 24 Saharawis remain in jail.Read more
Chaos in Gdeim Izik trial continues18.05 - 2017
The detainees withdrew from the proceedings, along with their defense attorneys, on the 16th of May. New witnesses have appeared out of the blue, observers explain.Read more

Gdeim Izik trial on pause, to recommence on 8 May 29.03 - 2017
The proceedings against the so-called Gdeim Izik political prisoners from occupied Western Sahara is again adjourned, and will recommence on the 8 May at the Court of Appeal in Salé, Morocco.Read more
Follow the Gdeim Izik trial, day by day17.03 - 2017
Get the latest information about the court case against the Gdeim Izik prisoners from occupied Western Sahara. Continuously updated.
Day 13 of the appeal takes place on 8 May 2017.
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See report on the January 2017 round of Gdeim Izik trialsale_court_510.jpg
19.02 - 2017
See an account of the January 2017 court case against Saharawi activists at the Moroccan court in Salé.
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Still no decision on Kafkaesque court case against Saharawi activists29.01 - 2017
Serious flaws were made also in round two of trial against the so-called ‘Gdeim Izik’ Saharawi activists in Morocco. Trial has been postponed until 13 March.Read more
57 foreigners expelled from Western Sahara last five days26.01 - 2017
From 21 to 25 January, 57 foreign visitors to Western Sahara have either been stopped right after arrival to occupied Western Sahara or upon trying to enter. All were deported by police. Read more

Norwegians expelled from Morocco 25.01 - 2017
At 11:30 PM the two Norwegians Diego Vaula Foss and Hans Inge Alander were told by Moroccan authorities that they are expelled from Morocco - probably because they had met with people from occupied Western Sahara. Read more
Join Amnesty campaign for the Saharawi prisoners01.09 - 2016
Two dozen Saharawi activists have been jailed for 6 years after demanding socio-economic rights. Join Amnesty's campaign demanding their release. Read more

News archive:
19.01 - 201668 foreign visitors refused access to Western Sahara last 2 days
19.01 - 2016"Norwegians and Swedes are not allowed to stay in Morocco"
18.01 - 2016Four Norwegians, one Lithuanian denied entry to occupied Sahara
18.01 - 2016Ten more Norwegians expelled from Western Sahara
18.01 - 2016VP of Norwegian Labour Youth deported from South Morocco
18.01 - 2016Swede, Norwegian tried to visit Western Sahara, asked to "go home"
18.01 - 2016Seven Norwegians deported from South Morocco
17.01 - 20163 more Norwegians and a Polish expelled from occupied territory


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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