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See report on the January 2017 round of Gdeim Izik trial
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See an account of the January 2017 court case against Saharawi activists at the Moroccan court in Salé.
Published: 19.02 - 2017 16:55Printer version    
The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara wrote on 29 January 2017 how the court case agaisnt 25 Saharaws had been postponed until 13 March.

The group was sentenced in 2013 to 20 years to life by a Moroccan military court for crimes that was said to have been committed in 2010. No proofs were presented and all were sentenced based on confessions signed under torture.

Approximately 40 Norwegian observers participated on the trial 23-25 January 2017. Law student Tone Sørfonn Moe from Bergen has authored a long observation report about the court case.

Download the report in its entirety here.

The report documents clear violations on basic legal standards. Several of the convicted are leading human rights defenders in Western Sahara.



    

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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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