Friday , October 20 2017

UN’s Ban bias violates Moroccan sovereignty

NONE of the former United Nations (UN) secretary-generals took a biased action similar to that of incumbent Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who highlighted the Western Sahara case; regarding it as an occupied land as if he has forgotten or disregarded, or maybe, he is ignorant — it does not really matter …

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Case for Moroccan Sahara and the ICJ

 The Case for Moroccan Sahara and the ICJ Because of Algeria’s objection to Moroccan reuniting with the Western Sahara, King Hassan II took the initiative to engage in a diplomatic mission and moved swiftly to prove to the world the Kingdom’s historical right. Morocco, through the UN, sought an opinion …

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End the Long Suffering of the Sahrawi People in Tindouf Camps

By Sahara Watch Organization The article is a response to Massinissa Benlakehal’s article published on the New Arab.  ‘End Morocco’s 40-year occupation of Western Sahara’ by Massinissa Benlakehal is a either a deliberate misrepresentation, or an uninformed attempt to present subject matter with little or no factual research. The article contains distorted allegations, inaccurate historical …

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Ban Ki Moon on Western Sahara – Epic Fail – Robert M. Holley

We got none of that from the Secretary General’s visit. Instead, we got what can only be described as an epic fail in the UN effort to break the logjam on honest negotiations for a realistic political solution. Hard to decide if Ban’s inflammatory, destructive, injudicious and undiplomatic comments represented …

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Western Sahara : On Authoritarianism & Self-Determination

The Western Sahara, located in the southern part of Morocco, has been the object of intense litigation and military conflict since Spanish decolonization in 1975. Following Spain’s departure, the disputed territory was divided between Morocco and Mauritania, without the consent of the Sahwari people, the region’s local population. Led by …

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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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