• Petitioned Barack Hussein Obama

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President of the United States
Barack Hussein Obama
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ban Ki-moon

End Human Rights Violations Against the People of Western Sahara

    1. Petition by

      Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

Western Sahara, known as "Africa's last colony," has been controlled by Morocco since 1975, when the government claimed sovereignty over the territory, despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice. The Moroccan government's actions ignited a decades-long conflict with the Polisario Front, a national movement committed to self-determination for the Sahrawi people of Western Sahara. Because of the conflict, the Sahrawi population was divided into those who stayed under Moroccan control and those who fled Western Sahara for safety and now live in refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Pétition en français, التماس باللغة العربية, Petición en español

      ACT NOW: End Human Rights Violations Against the People of Western Sahara | Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights | Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

      Los Estados Unidos debe demostrar liderazgo para enfrentar la emergencia de violaciones de derechos humanos que se está llevando acabo actualmente en el Sahara Occidental. Cuatro décadas después de la cese de hostilidades, el pueblo Sahrawi sufre torturas, detenciones arbitrarias, desapariciones forzadas, y otras violaciones de sus derechos humanos cometidas por el gobierno Marroquí.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Javier Bardem discusses the situation in Western Sahara on CNN.

      Javier Bardem discusses Sahrawi people - CNN.com Video

      The actor speaks with CNN's Becky Anderson about the Sahrawi people who have been under Moroccan occupation for 35 years.

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. A Video of the Assault on Saharawi Human Rights Activist Aminatou Haidar

      للاعتداء على الناشطة الحقوقية الصحراوية امينتو حيدار

      فيديو حصري للاعتداء على الناشطة الحقوقية الصحراوية امينتو حيدار موقع الصحراء اليوم saharanewstoday.com صفحتنا على الفاسبوك https://www.facebook.com/saharanewstoday

    7. Sahrawi Activist Brutally Attacked by Moroccan Police

      Aminatou Haidar is the latest victim of systemic violence and police brutality by the Moroccan government against the Sahrawi people. The RFK Center has received multiple reports in the last week that indicate dramatically increased police presence, repression, and assault against civilians in El Ayun, the of capital of Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara, coinciding with Ambassador Christopher Ross’s arrival in the area.

      WSahara activist beaten, harassed: US watchdog

      WSahara activist beaten, harassed: US watchdog WASHINGTON - Moroccan police have beaten a prominent Western Sahara activist as repression increased coinciding with the visit of a UN ambassador to the region, a US rights watchdog charged Saturday. Aminatou Haidar, who supports independence for the Moroccan-occupied former Spanish colony, is "the latest victim of ...

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures
    9. RFK Center Observes Grave Human Rights Violations in Western Sahara

      Here is a press release about the recent delegation to Western Sahara. It includes a link to the preliminary statement about the delegation's findings and is available in English, Arabic, and Portuguese.

      RFK Center observes grave human rights violations in Western Sahara | Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights | Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

      ففي الصحراء الغربية الخاضعة للمغرب، تمكن الوفد الحقوقي من ملاحظة التواجد الطاغي لقوات الأمن وانتهاكات للحق في الحياة والحرية والسلامة الشخصية، وحرية التعبير، والتجمع، وتكوين الجمعيات. وبشكل عام، لاحظ الوفد سياسة الترهيب والعنف الذي تمارسه الدولة ضد منتقدي النظام الذي ينتهك سيادة القانون واحترام حقوق الإنسان والذي يوفر إمكانية الإفلات من العقاب لمرتكبي الانتهاكات.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Witnessed by a human rights delegation in Western Sahara

      A Brush with Morocco's Secret Police in Laayoune | Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights | Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

      Known as "the Sahrawi Gandhi," Aminatou is one of Western Sahara's most prominent human rights defenders. For over 20 years, she has been involved in non-violent resistance against Morocco's occupation of her homeland. Moroccan authorities have illegally detained her, imprisoned her, beaten her, tortured her, and threatened her with death.

    12. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jazell Larios SAN RAFAEL, CA
      • 9 months ago

      do what is right and forbid what is wrong

      • 9 months ago

      Rights are universal.

    • Kevin Morang ROME, GA
      • 9 months ago

      I believe in justice for a people that formerly lived peacefully in a land but were forced out by a greedy King who had set his sights on their land. I believe these people should be allowed to return in peace and that all Moroccan efforts of repression should cease. I also believe that the wall and especially the mines must be removed BY MOROCCO and supervised by the UN so that more victims of violence will not be maimed or killed in the future.

    • Francisco Luna, Jr. SMITHVILLE, MO
      • 9 months ago

      Bringing an end to injustice is important for all people.

    • Debbie Pastor VENTURA, CA
      • 9 months ago

      This is important because the Saharawi people deserve support to live in their traditional chosen way on the land of their ancestors. They are self supporting, self sufficient and peaceful, taking their lifestyle renders them dependent and poor. Besides all that, it is the right thing to let them be.


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