cultural rights

Historical memory and Saharawi culture taught to young people in the Ramadan Tent

Jul 24th, 2013 | By

El Aaiún, 23 July On 17, 18 and 19 July 2013 in the evening, the Organization Justice and Dignity organized a conference on the History of Sahara in which some stages of the Saharawi memory were revived and the Saharawi struggle to defend their Homeland was discussed. “Greetings! The Ramadan Tent is a series of
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The UN denounces that Morocco wants to erase the Saharawi history and heritage

Jul 13th, 2013 | By

The invention of a Moroccan official history of Western Sahara is accompanied by the destruction of the real history. Morocco’s efforts to erase the Saharawi history and culture are not confined to attacking the intangible cultural heritage (prohibition of the use of Saharawi names; harassment; censorship of the Saharawi free art; threat against those who
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The UN denounces that Morocco prevents parents from giving their children Saharawi names

Jul 11th, 2013 | By

Morocco violates the right of parents to preserve the identity of their children. The Moroccan regime violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989 that it has ratified.  Article 8(1) of this Convention provides that: “States Parties undertake to respect the right of the child to preserve his or her identity, including
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The UN denounces the impunity for attacks against Saharawi in Villa Cisneros

Jul 10th, 2013 | By

The Moroccan occupying regime in Western Sahara has attempted to internationally legitimize its illegal presence in the territory by organizing international festivals. One of those festivals, the “Sea and Desert Festival” was organized in Villa Cisneros in Río de Oro, in February, coinciding with the celebrations of the founding of the Saharawi Republic. On the
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The UN denounces that Morocco excludes the Saharawi culture from the festivals it funds in occupied Western Sahara

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

Morocco, the occupying Power of most of Western Sahara, tries to internationally legitimize its occupation by organizing festivals in the occupied territory. These activities, rather than being organized to make known the Saharawi culture, aim at giving a propagandistic vision of the presence of the occupier in the territory. In this way, Western Sahara’s economic
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The UN denounces that Morocco harasses the Saharawis who wear their distinctive traditional dress

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

Tuesday, 11 June The UN Human Rights Council’s Independent Expert denounces Moroccan occupying Power’s harassment against Saharawi traditions.  Since the occupation of Western Sahara, the Moroccan regime has undertaken a systematic acculturation policy, which started by changing the names of towns and cities in Western Sahara (for example by replacing “El Aaiún” with “Laaiun”). Under this
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The UN denounces that Morocco hampers the Saharawis’ right to freedom of association

Jun 4th, 2013 | By

Tuesday, 4 May The UN report on the situation of cultural rights in occupied Western Sahara alerts to obstacles imposed by Morocco to the right of association. The Makhzen seeks to position Saharawis within associations that do not depart from the Moroccan official model. Therefore, the Makhzen aims to avoid that the Saharawis may associate
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The wall of shame undermines the transmission of the Saharawi culture (UN Independent Expert)

May 22nd, 2013 | By

Wednesday, 22 May The Human Rights Council’s Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights warns that the Moroccan wall in Western Sahara undermines the transmission of the Saharawi culture. The wall built by Morocco to divide Western Sahara does not only allow the occupying Power to exploit phosphate and fishing but also endangers the
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The United Nations denounces that anti-personnel land mines jeopardize Saharawi traditional cultural style of living: the Independent Expert reports Morocco’s unwillingness to demine

May 20th, 2013 | By

Monday, 20 May The Moroccan anti-personnel land mines are not only a threat to life and physical integrity but also to the Saharawi culture. In the report that WSHRW makes exclusively public, the Independent Expert of the Human Rights Council, Farida Shaheed, denounces Morocco’s refusal to demine in Western Sahara. The UN Independent Expert expressed
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According to the UN, Morocco does not teach the Saharawi culture and history in the occupied territory

May 18th, 2013 | By

Saturday, 18 May  Morocco does not only violate the civil, political and social rights of the Saharawi people. It also massively violates their cultural rights. This is revealed in an important UN report. The United Nations Human Rights Council   commissioned the Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, to visit occupied Western Sahara
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