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News from the Rafto House in Bergen - 2008

Image: Rafto Laureate under siege in Western Sahara 
Copyright: Thomas Frantsvold

Rafto Laureate under siege in Western Sahara

In 2002, the Rafto Prize was awarded to the Saharawi symbol of freedom and liberation, Sidi Mohammed Daddach. At the time, he had endured more years in prison than outside. Six years on, he finds himself under constant surveillance, and Western Sahara still under Moroccan occupation. 15 Dec 2008 »

Image: Leyla Zana in Bergen November 2006, on the marking of the 20th Anniversary of the Rafto Human Rights Award. 
Copyright: Andrei Liankevich / Rafto Foundation

Leyla Zana sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Turkish court sentenced the Kurdish human rights activist Leyla Zana (47), right, to 10 years in prison on 4 December, reported Reuters, BBC and other international media. Zana was awarded the Rafto Prize in 1994. 05 Dec 2008 »

Image: 426 organisations protest EU plans for Western Sahara

426 organisations protest EU plans for Western Sahara

No less than 426 organisations signed a petition letter, demanding from the EU Commission that occupied Western Sahara be kept clearly outside of the so- called Advanced Status cooperation that Morocco currently is being granted. The petition was sent to the EU Commission this morning. 05 Dec 2008 »

Image: Western Sahara: Campaign on Moroccan-EU partnership

Western Sahara: Campaign on Moroccan-EU partnership

The network of organisations and activists lobbying the companies in occupied Western Sahara have started a campaign that calls on the European Union to exclude Western Sahara from Moroccan-EU partnership. Have your organisation sign before 3 December. 19 Nov 2008 »

Image: Aminatou Haidar receives Robert F. Kennedy Award

Aminatou Haidar receives Robert F. Kennedy Award

Today, Aminatou Haidar, the Saharawi human rights defender, received the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for campaigning for the self-determination of Western Sahara and against government abuses and disappearances of prisoners of conscience.for her human rights work. Read here the address that she gave at the award ceremony and reception at the US Senate in Washington DC. 13 Nov 2008 »

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