Conference Saharawi Children and Students under occupation

PUSL.- The Center for African Studies at the University of Porto will present the “Report on the Abuse of the Rights of Sahrawi Children and Students in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara” on March 6 at 16:30 at the Faculdade de Letras of the University.

This is the first report on the dire consequences of an unresolved armed conflict on children and young people. Due to the impediments imposed on journalists by the Kingdom of Morocco and the difficult access of the media to the occupied territories of Western Sahara, this conflict has not found the echo it would justify.

This report aims to show the situation in which the Sahrawi children and young people live in the occupied territories and the impact that this occupation has on their daily lives and in their future.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and International Humanitarian Law are violated daily in the occupied territories where the absence of a protection mechanism from the UN, UNICEF or the International Red Cross leaves the Saharawi population and in this case especially the younger generations, unprotected against the Moroccan authorities and settlers.

The report is based on fieldwork conducted over five years (since 2013) by Isabel Lourenço, a member of the Western Sahara Foundation and collaborator of PUSL, and interviews conducted during this period in Western Sahara, Morocco (Agadir, Marrakesh, Tanger and Rabat), Spain and France, as well as questionnaires and interviews that were answered between January 2017 and September 2018 by 150 children (ages 6 to 15) and 150 students (aged 16 to 24 years).

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