Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

29 November 2012

Western Sahara: Aminatou Haidar, Honorary Citizen of Italian Commune of Pontedera

Rome — Sahrawi human rights activist Aminatou Haidar has been named Honorary Citizen of the commune of Pontedera, in Tuscany, Italy, the Sahrawi representation in Rome said Wednesday.

Last Saturday, similar award was presented by the municipality of Sesto Fiorentino (Tuscany) to the courageous woman for her struggle for human rights in the occupied Sahrawi territories.

The new Honorary Citizen Award was granted to Aminatou Haidar, who was accompanied by her daughter, victim of repression in the occupied territories too, and the representation of Robert F. Kennedy Foundation-Italy, by the Deputy Mayor of Pontedera, Massimiliano Soneti, according to the source.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of three other municipalities of Tuscany, namely Ponsacco, Calcinaia and Cascina, which also awarded the honorary title to the world-famous Sahrawi human rights activist, the source added.

During the ceremony, Haidar denounced the "unbearable" situation for the Sahrawi human rights activists and for all Sahrawi people, who protest against the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, and who are systematically suppressed," she said.

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