PUSL.- Saharawi human rights defender Aminatou Haidar has been honored Wednesday with the so-called Alternative Nobel by the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.
In the website of the Foundation can be read:
Aminatou Haidar was born in El-Ayoun on 24 July 1967, when Western Sahara was under Spanish colonial rule. Only two years earlier, the UN General Assembly had adopted its first resolution on Western Sahara requesting Spain to decolonise the disputed territory. In the following years, the UN General Assembly repeatedly requested Spain to organise a referendum on self-determination, under UN supervision. In the meantime, the neighbouring countries Morocco and Mauritania claimed the territory.
Haidar grew up in turbulent times. In 1973, the Sahrawi liberation movement Polisario began its fight for independence for Western Sahara and launched its first military attacks on Spanish troops. A UN investigation commission visited Western Sahara around the same time and found full support for independence among the people living in the disputed territory.