CODESA is a collective of Sahrawi human rights defenders. It was created in 2002, but the Moroccan authorities prevented CODESA's constituent congress from being held in 2007. On 25 September 2020, the constituent congress was finally held in Laayoune, Western Sahara. It has been working for years to promote the right to self-determination in the territory of Western Sahara under Moroccan control, in the cities of southern Morocco where there is a high concentration of Sahrawi people, and in Moroccan universities where Sahrawi students pursue their higher education. At the same time, it aims to inform the international community about the human rights violations against the Sahrawi civilian population have been suffering, since the forced annexation of the non-autonomous territory of Western Sahara on 31 October 1975.