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Western Sahra, the place on the globe that people ignore? watch

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    currently reading an intresting book on western sahara called Endgame in the Western Sahara By Toby Shelley http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=t...sult&resnum=11 , just started reading it and by the looks of things this region has been pretty ****ed up over the years, no1 watches over the terriorty nobody has any idea of anythign that goes on their e.g. birth rate, doctors per person, makes u think how many potential human rights abuses could have gone on there, anyone have any opions about the area? the terriotory has been affected by numerous wars including the western sahara war, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Sahara_War the legal status of the area remains in doubt, Iran is one of the countries that recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic to be in control of the country instead of morocco.

    The "disappeared"

    Fatma Lahmad, a young Sahrawi woman who "disappeared" in 1993, in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara. She is still missing.In 2000 around 450 Sahrawi civilians remained politically "disappeared", according to human rights groups; some estimate that the total number of "disappeared" could be as high as 1,500 [27]. In the past, Morocco denied that any such political prisoners existed, but in 1991 releasead some hundreds of prisoners, many of whom had been held in secret detention centers since the mid-1970s. Since then, there have been no further releases of "disappeared" prisoners. Amnesty International stated in a 1999 report that

    The men, women and even children who "disappeared" in Western Sahara came from all walks of life. Many were detained because of their alleged pro-independence activities, support for the Polisario Front, and opposition to Morocco's control of the Western Sahara. Others, including elderly people and children, "disappeared" because of their family links with known or suspected opponents to Moroccan government policy in Western Sahara. (amnesty1999)
    Resulting from the reconciliation tribunals in Morocco in 2005 the graves of political dissidents were uncovere.



    ^^ Fatma Lahmad, one of western saharas disappeared.

    intresting read: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/afr...es/3466917.stm
 
 
 
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