A presentation on the conflict in Western-Sahara

SAIH-Stavanger invites you to learn more about the conflict in Western Sahara. Asria Mohamed will talk about her fight to bring peace to Western Sahara, and the hope of one day returning safely to her homeland.

Asria Mohamed is an activist from Western-Sahara and also part of "Støttekomiteen for Vest-Sahara". She was born in a refugee camp in Algeria, and has never been able to set foot in her own home country. For a long time she has been fighting for peace in Western Sahara, in the hope that its people finally can return back to their homeland.

On the december 3rd she will hold a interesting lecture about the conflict and the Sahrawi people at the University Library. Bring your friends and join us for to learn more about about a conflict everyone should know about, but few people do. The event is presented to you by SAIH-Stavanger.

More about the conflict
2015 marked 40 years since the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara began. Before the Spanish colonial powers had withdrawn from Western Sahara, Moroccan forces moved into the country in autumn 1975. In 1991 Morocco and the Sahrawi independence movement Polisario signed a ceasefire agreement. This agreement implied that there would be a referendum in Western Sahara in 1992 on the question of whether the country should become independent or become part of Morocco. To monitor the ceasefire and ensure the implementation of the referendum, the UN operation MINURSO was created. To this day, no referendum has been held. MINURSO is the UN's only operation without a mandate to report on human rights violations.

Western Sahara is very rich in natural resources such as fish, oil, gas and phosphate. All economic activity is controlled by Morocco, and almost nothing benefits the Sahrawi people. In the occupied territories the human rights situation is very serious, with severely restricted freedom of expression, arbitrary arrests and disappearances. Most of the Sahrawi people live in refugee camps by Tindouf City in Algeria. Here the lack of resources is great and people are completely dependent on humanitarian aid for survival.

Flyktninger fra Vest-Sahara