25 brave Saharawi men protested Morocco’s blatant disrespect for the fundamental human, social and economic rights of the people it holds under occupation. 25 heroes showed the world how Morocco deals with those opposing its illegal presence in Western Sahara. We must stand together to get them released. These are the Gdeim Izik 25.
Larabi El Bakay Age: 35 Sentenced to 4,5 years by the Appeal Court in Salé in 2017. Released on the 19th of July 2017. Originally sentenced to 25 years by Military Court in 2013.
Hassana Alia Age: 28 Sentenced to life in absentia by the Military Court in 2013. Hassana was granted political asylum in Spain. Hassana Alia was not summoned to the proceedings at the Court of Appeal in Salé in 2017.
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 five 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.