The National Union of Students in Norway demands a stop to oppression
The National Union of Students in Norway (NSU), demands a stop to the oppression of Sahrawi students in a resolution from the 55th Landsting. The NSU counts close to 93.000 members and have been working for students rights since 1936.
The resolution condemns the continous discrimination of the Sahrawi students and demands equal opportunities to education. It also calls for solidarity with the Sahrawi students and mentions the recent Student Peace Prize winner Elkouria Amidane as an example to follow:
Elkouria Amidane, who was awarded the Student Peace Prize in Trondheim in February this year, is one of many brave Sahrawi students who--despite danger to life and limb not only to themselves, but also to their family and friends--works steadily and peacefully for their rights. They fight for the right to free speech, for the right to education with same opportunities as Moroccan students, and for the Sahrawi people's right to self determination. This courage should be rewarded with respect and support from students in Norway.
The resolution also demands that the Norwegian government brings the situation for the students up front in talks with Moroccan authorities, and suggests an international Ombudsman for students to be created.
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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