- The Guardian, Wednesday 2 December 2009
As she enters the third week of her hunger strike, Nobel peace prize nominee Aminatou Haidar is in a critical condition. Yesterday a cross-party group of MPs tabled a motion expressing dismay at her expulsion from Western Sahara. Her deportation has been condemned by Amnesty and Human Rights Watch, as well as supporters around the world. Last week the US state department called for "a speedy determination of her legal status and full respect for due process and human rights". Although barely able to speak, Haidar has vowed to continue her hunger strike as part of the struggle of the entire Saharawi people. "It is about the collective right denied to the Saharawi people to live freely in their native land," she said. The Moroccan government should return her passport immediately and allow her to travel home to her country and to her two young children before it is too late.
Jeremy Corbyn MP Chair, all-party parliamentary group on Western Sahara, David Drew MP, Peter Bottomley MP, John Austin MP, Paul Flynn MP, Ken Loach, Terry Jones , Stefan Simanowitz Free Western Sahara Network, Mark Leutchford Western Sahara Campaign UK, Y Lamine Baali Polisario Front, Danielle Smith Sandblast, Giles Foreman Director, Caravanserai