Western Sahara: The Struggle of the Last Colony in Africa

Michele de Mello 16th Saharawi Congress in the Dajla refugee camp in the city of Tindouf, Algeria. Photo: Michele de Mello / Brasil de Fato After 30 years of peace, the Polisario Front holds its 16th Congress amidst the war against Morocco’s invasion In the middle of the Sahara desert, half a million people resist…

Struggle for Liberation of Western Sahara Intensifies

Pavan Kulkarni Photo: Saharawi Voice Fighting between the Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army and Moroccan occupying forces has intensified in recent days Moroccan forces illegally occupying the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) have come under repeated bombardment by the Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). Moroccan forces currently occupy over 80% of SADR, also known as Western Sahara, which…

Moroccan Makhzen Seizes the Wealth of the Saharawi People

Mohsen Abdelmoumen On September 22, 2022, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights dealt a blow to the Moroccan Makhzen by ruling that Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara is a violation of the right to self-determination and independence and that all states have an obligation to assist the people of Western Sahara in their…

Africa’s Forgotten Colony in the Sahara

Paweł Wargan Sahrawi camp. Photo: Pawel Wargan Morocco and its international backers exploit the resource-rich Western Sahara as the Sahrawi people eke out an existence in refugee camps Since 1975, thousands of Sahrawi people have lived in five refugee camps in the Algerian Sahara. They named these camps after cities in Western Sahara: Ausserd, Boujdour, Dakhla, Laayoune, and…

Communiqué from the Polisario Front after the Vote of the UN Security Council

Communiqué  [Bir Lehlou, Sahrawi Republic – 27 October 2022] On 27 October 2022, the Security Council adopted resolution 2654 (2022) whereby it decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 31 October 2023. In its resolution, the Security Council recalls and reaffirms all its previous resolutions…

Western Sahara: Africa’s Last Colony

Meriem Naïli Meriem Naïli writes about the continuing struggle for the independence of Western Sahara. Occupied by Morocco since the 1970s, in contravention of the International Court of Justice and the UN. The internationally recognised liberation movement, POLISARIO, has fought and campaigned for independence since the early 1970s. Naïli explains what is going on, and…

Morocco Fails to Obtain Kenyan Endorsement for its Colonial Occupation of Western Sahara

Pavan Kulkarni SADR President Brahim Ghali attending the inauguration ceremony of the Kenyan President William Ruto on September 13. (Photo:: Kamal Fadel/Twitter A Kenyan foreign ministry’s communique has clarified that the announcement made on Twitter by newly elected President Willian Ruto on rescinding recognition for the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was arbitrary and had…

Right Violations and War Crimes by Morocco Continue in Occupied Western Sahara

Peoples Dispatch CODESA members. CODESA’s first annual report since its formation in 2020 asks the UN and other international organizations to take immediate steps to complete the decolonization process in Western Sahara. The Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders in Western Sahara (CODESA) released its first annual report on July 28 titled,  “Continuous war crimes and crimes…

Western Sahara: The War Morocco Denies

Carlos Aznárez and María Torrellas Alísalem Babeit acts as a representative of the Polisario Front in Cantabria (Spanish State) and is one of the many Saharawis who are convinced that the war they are waging against the Moroccan monarchy is just, as they have left their people no other choice. For years they have been…

Cold War Under the Scorching Sun: A New Conflict is Brewing in Africa

Robert Inlakesh A picture taken from the Moroccan region of Oujda shows Algerian border guards patrolling along the border with Morocco on November 4, 2021 [FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images] Dubbed North Africa’s new ‘Cold War’, the tensions between Morocco and neighboring Algeria threaten to escalate and the consequences of this have a lot more…

Spain Abandons Former Colony in Western Sahara Endorsing Morocco Domination

Abayomi Azikiwe Spain has announced that it has endorsed a proposal by the Kingdom of Morocco to designate the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as an “autonomous” region within the North African state. Former United States President Donald Trump in 2020, recognized Moroccan control over the Western Sahara in an attempt to strengthen relations between…

The Saharawi People Resist and Cuba Stands by Them

Nuria Barbosa León This March, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic celebrates 46 years since its proclamation of independence. Photo: EFE Cuba defends Saharawis’ right to independence and sovereignty, recognized, as well, by more than 80 other countries “Cuba has always supported our people, the historical ties we share are inalterable and will be maintained as…

Diplomatic, Legal Gains of Saharawis Amid Moroccan Arrogance

Hana Saada Despite a cease-fire in 1991 that put an end to the armed combat and the UN efforts toward self-determination, Western Sahara remains a disputed territory. Part I The Saharawi people continue their honorable struggle for independence and continue to garner additional support for their just cause, as they celebrated, a couple of weeks…

Morocco Drives a War in Western Sahara for Its Phosphates

Vijay Prashad View of Western Sahara taken during ISS Expedition 56. Bou Craa is the site of a phosphate deposit of over 1.7 billion tons. (Image by Public Domain) In November 2020, the Moroccan government sent its military to the Guerguerat area, a buffer zone between the territory claimed by the Kingdom of Morocco and the Sahrawi…

IYFSWS Final Declaration Calls on UN to Organize a Referendum in Western Sahara and on AU and Other Parties to Assume Responsibility in Decolonising It

Malaga (Spain) 29 November 2021 (SPS)– The International Youth Forum of Solidarity with Western Sahara (IYFSWS) adopted a Final Declaration yesterday calling on the UN to organise a self-determination referendum in Western Sahara, while urging the AU, EU and other international actors to assume their responsibility in implanting international legality and decolonising the last colony…

Morocco-Algeria: A War on the Horizon?

Guadi Calvo The Moroccan regime, in full view of the whole world, continues to repress the Saharawi people, whom it continues to murder unceremoniously, not satisfied with having usurped eighty percent of its territory and continuing to exploit its phosphate deposits since 1975, the most important in the world, and also one of the world’s…