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Western Sahara

In 1975 Morocco invaded Western Sahara, given birth to a war that would last until 1991. One of the terror tactics the Moroccan authorities used against the Saharan civilian population was that of forced disappearances. Over 1,000 people were disappeared during the conflict. They were taken to clandestine detention centers, where they lingered up to 18 years. Hundreds were freed in the 1980's and '90s, dozens more died but the fate of the rest remains unknown. The practice of forced disappearances has not been completely abolished, though arbitrary detentions are more common now. About 650 people remain disappeared.

  • News on the Disappeared in Western Sahara

  • List of Sahrawis disappeared since 1975

  • Association of Familes of Saharan Prisoners and Disappeared.

  • Association de soutien à un référendum libre et régulier au Sahara Occidental

  • Campaign to know the whereabouts of Mohamed Basiri
    The first Saharan disappeared - in Spanish

  • Amnesty International Reports

  • The Sahrawi Association of Victims of Grave Human Rights Violations Committed by the Moroccan State

  • Western Sahara Blog

  • Human Rights in Morocco and Western Sahara

  • Project Disappeared Search Blog FAQ e-mail