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Why Do Human Rights Groups Punish Access?

Human-rights groups are an important component of civil society, even if the best-known groups—Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International, Human Rights First, and various United Nations offshoots—corrupt their mission by conflating human rights with politics. As corrosive a trend among human-rights organizations is their punishment of access. Simply put, the …

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Moroccan Initiative for Negotiating an Autonomy Statute for the Sahara Region

Morocco’s Commitment to a Final Political Solution Since 2004, the Security Council has been regularly calling upon “the parties and States of the region to continue to cooperate fully with the United Nations to end the current impasse and to achieve progress towards a political solution.” Responding to this call …

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Why Western Sahara Matters ?

Anna Borshchevskaya A few months ago, US Congress has passed the 2015 Appropriations Bill. Among other provisions, the new law strengthens US mandate for assistance to Morocco to be used in Western Sahara. The law says, “Funds appropriated under Title III of this Act shall be made available for assistance …

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Western Sahara: The Polisario loses its last trump cards

The Polisario leaders are beginning to recognize publicly their latest setbacks in the diplomatic battle against Morocco despite the all-out support of the Algerian government. In recent statements circulated by the Algerian media, Polisario representative Ahmed Bukhari indirectly admitted that one of the latest battles taking place at the United …

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Did Moroccan Police Attack Aminatou Haidar’s Home?

Brussels – A recent press release from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights accused the Moroccan police of attacking the home of separatist leader Aminatou Haidar. As usual when writing about the Sahara, the RFK Center report contains overstatements and hyperbole not found in other reports …

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UNSG Personal Envoy to brief Security Council on Western Sahara

Brussels – The United Nations Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, will brief the UN Security Council on Western Sahara on Thursday. This comes after the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released his annual report on the situation in the Western Sahara last Friday. In the report, …

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JOINT STATEMENT : United States has made clear that Morocco’s autonomy plan is serious, realistic, and credible

The following is a joint statement by the governments of Morocco and the United States following today’s Strategic Dialogue. Begin text: At the third session of the United States–Morocco Strategic Dialogue today at the Department of State, Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar reviewed progress over …

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Western Sahara : Morocco Refuses Any Involvement of African Union

    New York  – Morocco expressed its categorical refusal of whatever role or involvement of the African Union in the the so-called Western Sahara issue, Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar made it clear in a letter sent on Wednesday to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In the letter, Morocco …

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Open letter from the Sahrawis Associations to U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Threat of the Polisario run-Tindouf camps, to regional security Dakhla, 13 April 2015 Excellency, We write to urge you to use your position in the UN Security Council to study the possibility of disbanding the Polisario military units and giving the opportunity to refugee’s freedom of movement to migrate …

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While Conflicts Rage, Morocco-US Relations Continue Apace

This coming week, Morocco and the US will hold the third bilateral Strategic Dialogue, which is an opportunity for the long-time friends to discuss key political and security issues. Initiated during the first Obama Administration by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Morocco-US Strategic Dialogue, one of less than …

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