Hear Tecber Ahmed Saleh – Human rights advocate of the Saharawi people

Kia ora GPJA friends,

I am writing to invite you to the public talk of Tecber Ahmed Saleh a human rights advocate of the Saharawi people from Western Sahara. Tecber is speaking in Auckland at the Ellen Melville Centre at 2pm on Saturday 5 October.

Western Sahara is subject to a brutal military occupation by Morocco, which has lasted since the 1970s. In the Moroccan-controlled territory, Tecber’s people face terrible repression and human rights abuses. Many of the Saharawi people fled to refugee camps in the Sahara desert (in Algeria), where they have remained for over 40 years.

New Zealand plays a key role in the occupation through its importation of phosphate illegally extracted from the territory by its Moroccan occupiers. NZ companies Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients are the only companies left in the world purchasing Western Saharan phosphate. The Moroccan government profits from the trade and this supports the occupation.

Tecber hopes to build support in Aotearoa for the Saharawi struggle, and to end Western Saharan phosphate imports into New Zealand.

Here is the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/640574113017146/

Hope to see you there.

Ngā mihi,
Sam Vincent, Auckland Peace Action, and Western Sahara Solidarity Aotearoa

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