Western Sahara: UN Chief Voices Concern Over Health of Saharawi Activist On Hunger Strike
13 December 2009
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has held talks with the Foreign Minister of
Aminatou Haidar began her protest at the airport at Lanzarote, on Spain's Canary Islands, after being denied entry into her native
Mr. Ban spoke with Moroccan Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri on Friday to reiterate the United Nation's willingness to take any appropriate action necessary to find a solution to Ms. Haider's situation, in a discussion that touched on the increasing political tension in the region.
Fighting broke out between
Last month, Mr. Ban voiced concern over the tensions between the parties to status talks after the recent detention of several groups of Saharawi activists. A UN mission in
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Moroccan Blogger Bashir Hazem Arrested
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Moroccan blogger Bashir Hazem was arrested on December 8, 2009 following a protest in Tarjijt, during which students clashed with security forces, after posting a press release about the clash on his blog . He has been interrogated about his blogging, specifically his most recent post, which contained the signatures of a committee of arrested students.
Hazem was detained and put in solitary confinement for a period of time, then rejoined the other detainees in the prison. Hazem is a 26-year-old student of literature.
A Facebook group  [ar] has been created to support blogger Bashir Hazem, who has been detained in Goulmim prison in the south of Morocco for publishing a statement about the intervention of the police force against an inhabitant of the Goulmim, on his blog “Al Boushara” (”the good news”).
According to the President of the Moroccan Bloggers Association, Internet cafes in the city are being monitored in order to prevent Internet users from disseminating information about the event, and to prevent riots. The authorities have also arrested others suspected of spreading news about the protests, including an Internet cafe employee, for possessing protest materials and flyers.
Hazem will face trial on Monday, December 14, 2009.
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 Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=197635778350&v=info
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