Western Sahara remains the last non-self-governing territory in Africa and approximately 170,000 Saharawis remain displaced in refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria. While waiting for a referendum, Saharawis have called for the United Nations Mission in Western Sahara to add a mandate for the monitoring of human rights in the territory.
How has the language of equality, in the absence of a mandate to witness human rights violations, created the possibility of further marginalisation of Saharawis who remain within Morocco? What might a mandate to monitor human rights mean for Saharawis and their decolonisation struggle?
Join our panel as it unpacks these questions through a discussion of resource extraction, discrimination, and violence:
- Julia Dehm, La Trobe University
- Tecber Ahmed Saleh, Ministry of Health, Saharawi refugee camps
- Kamal Fadel, Representative of the Frente Polisario (Western Sahara) in Australia and New Zealand
- Randi Irwin, University of Newcastle
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