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Risking 2 years in jail for Facebook Live video17.03 - 2019 16:57


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 parliament05.02 - 2019
Representatives from all nine political parties at the Norwegian parliament today established a friendship group for Western Sahara.Read more
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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



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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
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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 Saharamorocco_france_510.jpg
10.06 - 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.
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Alarming development for the Gdeim Izik prisoners27.11 - 2017
The situation for the 19 Saharawi political prisoners known as the 'Gdeim Izik group' is increasingly worrisome. Read more
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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
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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


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17.03 - 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 trial19.02 - 2017
See an account of the January 2017 court case against Saharawi activists at the Moroccan court in Salé. Read more
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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



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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
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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


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01.09 - 2016
Two dozen Saharawi activists have been jailed for 6 years after demanding socio-economic rights. Join Amnesty's campaign demanding their release.
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Kosmos Energy misinforms about Western Sahara and OECD27.08 - 2016
The US oil company Kosmos Energy is severely misrepresenting a joint-declaration which the OECD Contact Point in Norway mediated between the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara and the fishing company Sjøvik AS.Read more
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New report on need for referendum in Western Sahara07.06 - 2016
The Norwegian student association SAIH just published a report on the need of a referendum on independence in Western Sahara. Read more



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Sultana Khaya beaten by Moroccan police again14.05 - 2016
Yet again, the Saharawi activist Sultana Khaya has been beaten by Moroccan police. Read more
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Norwegian investor excluded Total due to Western Sahara involvement25.03 - 2016
The Norwegian insurance company Storebrand has blacklisted both phosphate and oil companies involved in occupied Western Sahara. Among them are the French company Total, which are now back in from the cold after they withdrew from the territory. 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






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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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