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Western Sahara

Yearbook 2009

Western Sahara. Moroccan authorities in November denied human rights activist Aminatou Haidar from Western Sahara to return home after a visit to the United States where she received a prize for her fight. She flew to the Canary Islands where she hungered for more than a month to draw the world's attention to the situation of Western Sahara. After mediation efforts from outside - the US, France and Spain were mentioned - Morocco brought with them and allowed her to return on December 18. A Swedish diplomat was expelled from Morocco in November, reportedly accused of handing over secret Moroccan documents to the Western Saharan independence movement Polisario. The United Nations Security Council voted April 30 through Resolution 1871, which extended the mandate of the UN Force in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another year. Nothing was done between the Moroccan government and the Polisario.

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