PROTEST THE PERSECUTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS & UNIONISTS IN WESTERN SAHARA

When

12:30pm to 1:30pm Wednesday 9 February

Why

Venue: in front of Moroccan Embassy- Canberra, 17 Terrigal Crescent - O'Malley ACT 2606 The people of Western Sahara are denied free assembly and association. Saharawi trade unions and NGOs are banned in the occupied areas of Western Sahara. The Moroccan authorities arrest and torture Saharawi trade unionists frequently. Saharawi workers are denied their basic rights and are treated as second citizens in their own country. On 23rd January 2011 Moroccan police and paramilitary forces surrounded the house of Sidi Ahmed Eddia, Secretary General of the Union Confederation of Saharawi Workers in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara (CSTS). This was due to the increased level of protests led by Saharawi workers in the phosphate company, Phosbucraa. The Saharawi workers were planning a general strike for 24th January 2011 in the Capital city of Western Sahara El Aauin. Western Sahara’s phosphate is illegally exported to Australia by Morocco. Organised by the Australia Western Sahara Association