"On arrival at El-Ayoun, and while they were holding their first meeting with former workers for Spanish companies, the block of buildings containing the private house where the meeting was going on, was surrounded by police and the military, with the presence of the Deputy Governor, in a clear attitude of intimation for both the Saharawis and the delegation.
For more than one hour, our passports were held and we were interrogated on various matters, then we were then “kindly invited” to go to the State Security building in El Ayoun where our passports were withdrawn and we were retained for about two hours while our host, Eddia Sidi Ahmed Moussa, was interrogated for several hours. The next day, he was again interrogated in the Security offices, and throughout our visit we were “accompanied” with very little discretion by members of the police or the army who followed us wherever we went. Our liberation was no doubt the result of fast intervention by the respective foreign services or embassies, which were immediately notified."
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the three different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.