Saturday, July 28, 2007

Aminatou Haidar wins Silver Rose human rights award

Aminatou Haidar, an international face for both Sahrawi women and the Western Sahara struggle in general, has been chosen for another prestigious human rights award. This time, she's receiving the Silver Rose award, given by the SOLIDAR organization and presented at a dinner of the European Parliament in October.

SOLIDAR is an "an international alliance of social and economic justice non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in development and humanitarian aid, social policy, social service provision and life-long learning." Haidar was recommended by an Austrian NGO, Volkshilfe. Rumor has it Volkshilfe is the coolest thing to come out of Austria since this man.

After all her work for Sahrawi independence, Haidar certainly deserves this new accolade. The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara has SOLIDAR's explanation for why she was chosen. It's also worth checking out Haidar's testimony about the abuse she received in prison.

And to think, I knew her before she was famous.


  1. Anonymous11:47 AM

    Spanish electricity company "Iberdrola Renovables" will not invest in the occupied zone of Western Sahara

    28/07/2007- APS


    The Spanish electricity company "Iberdrola Renovables" declared in a letter sent by its Director General, Xabier Viteri Solaun, to the Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) that it will not invest in the occupied city of El Aaiun, where it was supposed to build a wind farm for the production of electricity following agreements with Morocco.

    The letter, of which UPES received a copy, underlined that the company considers the legal status of Western Sahara and will not work in the territory without the consent of the Saharawi people.

    The position adopted by the Spanish company was highly appreciated by the Saharawi civil society, and by the WSRW, which appreciated the Spanish company respect of the international legality and of the ethical aspects of such an action.

    The Moroccan occupation is trying to involve some international companies in its illegal exploitation of the rich territory of Western Sahara, it should be recalled.

    The UN Under Secretary General for Legal Affairs, Hans Correll, delared in a legal opinion he was asked to submit to the UN Security Council in 2002, that it is illegal to exploit the natural resources of Western Sahara.

    He stated that Morocco is not the legal administrating power of Western Sahara, and for that does not have the right to exploit the natural resources of the territory, especially that Rabat is not using the income of this exploitation of the people of the territory.

    The Moroccan government is in fact using the income of its illegal exploitation of the rich territory to maintain more than 120.000 troops in the Saharawi occupied cities and in the 2700 km military berm that divides Western Sahara in to from north to south.

  2. I saw! It's very exciting. Iberdrola may find themselves receiving a certain coveted Golden Camel.

  3. the Silver Rose award sa existe vraiment ou c just le fruit de tes imagination j fait une petit tour dans leurs sit web fait sur word t c tres professionnel du jamais vue je croie que le travaille humanitaire qu tu fait et du meme niveau que le prix "futive" que ta eu
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  4. The Spanish electricity company "Iberdrola Renovables" va just faire un projet expérimental pour la production de l'energie solaire il vont pa vraiment faire l'aprovisionnement en electricité.
    le maroc va investire dans le plus grand system de production de l'energie solaire au monde couvrant ainci 41% des besoin du maroc en électrisité

    encore thanks