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Obama Ignores Morocco's Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses

Obama Ignores Morocco's Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The most critical issue facing northwestern Africa involves Western Sahara, a sparsely populated country on the Atlantic coast that has been under Moroccan occupation since the kingdom invaded the former Spanish colony in 1975, just prior to its scheduled independence. Defying a series of UN Security Councilresolutions, a landmark World Court decision, and international mediation efforts, the Moroccans have continued to deny the people of the territory their right of self-determination through a UN-sponsored referendum. No country recognizes Moroccan sovereignty over the territory, and more than 80 nations, as well as the African Union, have formally recognized Western Sahara as an independent state.

When the nationalist Polisario Front, which had been fighting for the occupied nation's independence, agreed to end its armed struggle in 1991 in return for a referendum, the UN brought in a peacekeeping force known as MINURSO to enforce the ceasefire and oversee the scheduled plebiscite, which never came. The United States and France, both of which hold veto power in the UN Security Council, blocked the United Nations from enforcing a series of resolutions demanding that Morocco provide the Western Saharan people an opportunity to exercise their right of self-determination....

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Mawazine Letter to Yusuf Islam موازين رسالة الى يوسف اسلام.wmv

In the name of innocent prisoners in Moroccan torture camps of Sale, Temara and elsewhere, I urged a number of artists to boycott Mawzine Festival 2011 in Rabat, Morocco. Please BOYCOTT MAWAZINE FESTIVAL 2011...

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Moroccan government turns to AIPAC in effort to defend occupation in Western Sahara

Moroccan government turns to AIPAC in effort to defend occupation in Western Sahara | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A recent series of events seem to indicate that the Moroccan government has enlisted the services of a prominent foreign policy lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), to help defend Morocco's occupation in Western Sahara.  While both Israel and Morocco have long been engaged in internationally recognized occupations, it now appears that they are working together to undermine the work of the congressional commission responsible for working to uphold the United States' purported commitment to human rights.  

In April of this year, Rep. Frank Wolf and Rep. Jim McGovern, the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, sent a letter to Secretary of State Kerry regarding human rights violations in the Moroccan occupied Western Sahara.  The letter expressed support for an expanded human rights monitoring and reporting mandate for the U.N. Mission of the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).  The letter also called on the 'U.S. to encourage Morocco to immediately halt the harassment, intimidation, and arbitrary arrest and detention of pro-Independence Sahrawi; to call for the release of Sahrawi prisoners imprisoned for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and associations [...].'  Sahrawis, like many Palestinians, live under an internationally recognized occupation and have long been deprived of basic rights.  Although the occupations differ in many ways, both Palestinians and Sahrawis are subject to systematic discrimination, perpetual displacement, and routine human rights abuses.  ...

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Thousands protest on Morocco king's allegiance day

Thousands protest on Morocco king's allegiance day | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
RABAT (Reuters) - Thousands of Moroccans marched on Sunday to press the Arab world's longest-ruling dynasty to relinquish more of its sweeping powers and stamp out corruption.The protests coincided with...
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