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RFK Center Press Release: UN Omits Human Rights from Western Sahara Peacekeeping Mission

Posted by Holly Jerrett on April 29, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

"The inaction of the UN today means one more year of violence and surveillance for the Sahrawi people, and another year of impunity for the government of Morocco," said Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center. "Twenty-three years since a ceasefire was declared, we are still waiting for our world's foremost diplomatic body to let its own peacekeepers monitor and report on the systematic human rights violations they see around them every day."

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Westminster students work to plant seeds of hope in Western Sahara

Posted by Holly Jerrett on April 24, 2014 @ 2:53 PM

Students from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, have developed a project to start organic gardens in a Saharawi refugee camp. This project is modeled after Not Forgotten International's Family Gardens program.

Click here for the article from The Fulton Sun. 

For more information on the program, visit Going Organic in Smara.

From Saharawi Voice: MINURSO must monitor human rights in Western Sahara!

Posted by Holly Jerrett on April 17, 2014 @ 2:07 PM
http://youtu.be/egyy_qI4UPA

Our friends at Saharawi Voice have produced this video to urge the United Nations to monitor human rights in Western Sahara.  English students in the camps are using their skills to speak out for their own people to the international community!  

The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) is the only modern UN peacekeeping operation without a human rights component. To learn more, visit Amnesty International. 

Aminatou Haidar speaks on Capitol Hill

Posted by Holly Jerrett on April 16, 2014 @ 4:12 PM
http://youtu.be/NcZjSY5dsUY

The Defense Forum Foundation's luncheon on Capitol Hill 2014.03.24 - "Justice for Africa's Last Colony: The Struggle for Human Rights & Self-Determination in Western Sahara". Featuring Sahrawi Human Rights Defender, Aminatou Haidar, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for "steadfast resistance to evil at great personal risk"

The full transcript is available here.

Renny Jackson & The Unmade Road :: Free Western Sahara

Posted by Holly Jerrett on April 02, 2014 @ 2:00 PM
http://youtu.be/1DanlaPeT9U

Listen to this haunting song, Free Western Sahara, by Spain-based British songwriter Renny Jackson.  It is the first song in English about the struggle of the people of Western Sahara.

Renny Jackson said...

Posted on February 10, 2017 @ 10:33 AM -
Thanks for sharing and above all listening to the song. I am truly grateful for your comments, with positive thoughts, Renny

Maima said...

Posted on April 03, 2014 @ 1:24 AM -
thank you thank you for this wonderfull song about the justice and freedom in Western Sahara.

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Aminatou Haidar pleads for Saharawi cause at U.S. Congress

Posted by Holly Jerrett on April 02, 2014 @ 1:43 PM

From The Union of Saharawi Journalists and Writers:

The U.S. Congress received Monday [March 24th, 2014] the prominent Saharawi human rights activist Ms. Aminatou Haidar, who visits the U.S. capital to plead for the Saharawi cause and report about Morocco’s ongoing human rights violations in Western Sahara.

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Aminatou Haidar to speak before U.S. Congress on Monday, March 24th, 2014

Posted by Holly Jerrett on March 21, 2014 @ 11:21 AM
http://youtu.be/NYvQX_WYMjE

The Western Saharan Gandhi- Aminatou Haidar will speak before the U.S Congress this coming Monday! She is a Saharawi human rights activist and an advocate of the independence of Western Sahara.Haidar has won several international human rights awards for her work, including the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the 2009 Civil Courage Prize. In 2012 she was nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Posted on July 31, 2014 @ 7:19 AM -
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UK Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn: Why Western Sahara Matters

Posted by Holly Jerrett on February 20, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

United Kingdom Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn reports from his fact-finding mission to north Africa.

"Their [The Saharawis'] resources should not be exploited until there is an agreement allowing them to choose their future, a choice they have never been allowed to make."

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“Human Rights Should Not be Traded”: In Conversation With Aziza Brahim

Posted by Holly Jerrett on February 13, 2014 @ 4:56 PM

From the blog of freelance journalist Ylenia Gostoli:

For Sahrawi singer and percussionist Aziza Brahim, her ‘desert blues’ is a tool in the struggle for her people’s self-determination. She talks to me about culture, resistance, and her disillusion towards the international community on the Western Sahara question.

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Broken Families: A Western Saharan man becomes a leader for his people’s struggle for justice (from Al Jazeera English)

Posted by Holly Jerrett on January 28, 2014 @ 2:00 PM

Broken Families is a 25 minute documentary premiering on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 on Al Jazeera English. (Check your local listings for program availability.)

"Broken Families...follows Western Saharan community leader and activist Brahim Dahane as he seeks justice for his community against a range of abuses. Filmed over a six-month period, Dahane finds himself becoming the voice for the families whose sons or brothers have been arbitrarily imprisoned, secretly detained or disappeared, held without trial, tortured and ultimately tried by a Moroccan military court during peacetime." 

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