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Human rights defender appeals EU to stop illegal fisheries

Clear message from Sahrawi human rights defender Elkouria Amidane to the new EU Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, on Swedish national TV today.
Published: 06.03 - 2010 13:17Printer version    
"I want to tell her that this agreement that includes Western Sahara waters should be stopped immediately. It harms the Sahrawi people, and we are against it. It is only financing the Moroccan army to overcontrol us, and that we suffer from flagrant violatons of human rights."

The interview was published on the homepages of the Swedish television 3 March 2010.




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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