March 2016

Colombia Senate hosts International conference on Western Sahara

Bogota, March 31, 2016 (SPS) .- the Senate of Colombia on Wednesday hosted  International conference under the theme  Western Sahara, the last colony with a large attendance of senators, deputies, ambassadors, NGO `s, personalities and friends of the Saharawi cause, university professors, students and the press .


EuroMed Rights demands trial in a civilian Court for the Gdeim Izik Group

Copenhagen (Denmark) 31 March 2016 (SPS) – The Executive Director of the the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EuroMed Rights) Mr. Marc Shade-Poulsen has received Thursday Polisario Front Representative to Denmark, Mr. Abba Malainin who briefed him about the critical situation of the 13 Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik group who have been on hunger strike for one month now in Sale Prison near Rabat.


International campaign for organization of self-determination referendum in Western Sahara

London, March 31, 2016 (SPS) (UK) - The International Organization of Support to Western Sahara based in the UK, the "Western Sahara Action Forum" (WSAF) launched an international campaign to demand the organization of a self-determination referendum in Western Sahara, said Thursday a statement from the organization.


The French Government should be concerned and intervene in the issue of Saharawi political prisoners in Morocco

Paris, March 31, 2016 (SPS) - The mayor of Ivry-sur-Seine, Philippe Bouyssou, called on the French government to address the situation of the Sahrawi political prisoners and to intervene in their favor with the Moroccan authorities.

Spanish associations on a hunger strike in solidarity with Gdeim Izik Saharawi political prisoners

Madrid (Spain) March 31, 2016 (SPS) – the Spanish coordinating associations of solidarity with the Saharawi people (CEAS-SÁHARA

National Council President receives Algerian delegation of Counseling and Reform Association

Chahid El Hafed,  March 30, 2016 (SPS) –  Speaker of the National Council Mr. Khatri Aduh received on Tuesday in guesthouse, relief body delegation of the Algerian Association of Counseling and reform, which organized the third edition of the convoy, “brothers and bond”  for the benefit of the Sahrawi refugees.


Sahrawi government calls on all international organizations to follow health status of Gdeim Izik prisoners

Chahid El Hafed, March 30, 2016 (SPS) - Sahrawi government Tuesday  called all international and human rights organizations to follow  the health status of the Gdeim Izik detainees who are in  hunger strike , demanding the Moroccan state to meet their legitimate demands, during a expanded meeting which included along with government members of PF political organization.



Colombian Senate expresses its support for the Saharawi cause

Bogota, March 30, 2016 (SPS) .- The President of the Colombian Congress on Tuesday expressed support for the Saharawi cause and the resolutions adopted by the Congress on the subject during a reception of an important Saharawi delegation, according to press release of Saharawi Representative in Colombia


Portuguese Parliament approves a vote of solidarity with the Saharawi political prisoners on hunger strike

Lisbon, March 30, 2016  (SPS) .- On the initiative of Bloco Esquerda (Left Bloc), the Portuguese Parliament approved in full a vote of solidarity with the Saharawi political prisoners on hunger strike.

Denmark supports MINURSO human rights mandate (Danish Minster of Foreign Affairs)

Copenhagen (Denmark) March 30, 2016 (SPS) – On response to questions forwarded recently by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Danish Parliament to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kristian Jensen related to the forcible expulsion by the Moroccan authorities to three Danish Journalist from “Information Newspaper” on February 15th, from Aaiun the capital of occupied Western Sahara who wished to report about the situation in Western Sahara.


In the 17 anniversary of its creation, the SPS launches its new website

Chahid El Hafed, March 30, 2016 (SPS) - On the occasion of its Seventeenth anniversary of its establishment which coincides with the March 29 of each year, the Sahrawi News Agency Tuesday launched its new website.


 The presentation ceremony of the new site was attended by members of the PF National Secretariat and the Government, the Saharawi National Council, journalists from various media and officials of Information Saharawi Ministry.

Algeria hopes France will help in settling Western Sahara issue

Algiers, March 30, 2016 (SPS) - Algeria "still has fond hopes" that France will "really" help the region in settling Western Sahara issue within the framework of international legality, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra said Tuesday.


Western Sahara: France wishes implementation of MINURSO‏

Algiers, March 29, 2016 (SPS) - France supports "the implementation of the mission" of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (Minurso), French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Jean-Marc Ayrault.


Sahrawi army is prepared to respond to any eventuality‏

Bir Lahlou, March 29,2016  (SPS) .- The Saharawi troops have begun military exercises to raise the level of readiness and combat capability of the Sahrawi fighter to defend national sovereignty and to face all kinds of threats and eventualities.


Troops from the Fifth Region SPLA (Saharawi People´s Liberation Army) have conducted military exercises Monday in the region of Bir Lahlou in accordance to orders of Staff of the Saharawi Army


Sahrawi government holds a meeting on the latest developments of the national cause‏

Chahid El Hafid, March 29, 2016 (SPS) - Sahrawi government held on Tuesday meeting chaired by Prime Minister, member of the National Secretariat Mr. Abdelkader Taleb Omar, to study the latest developments of the national cause.

The meeting discussed the latest developments of the national cause, as well as sensitization of the procedures taken at the national and local levels.

Sit-in in Aragon in support of Gdeim Izik political prisoners‏

Aragon, March 29, 2016  (SPS) .- Members of various groups, including IU-Aragon, Um-Draiga-Friends of the Saharawi people in Aragon, CEAS-Sahara Federation of Barrios de Zaragoza (FABZ), Alouda , Engineers Without Borders, Common Zaragoza (ZEC) and Podemos demanded a fair and civil trial for Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group


Solidarity sit-in with Saharawi Political Prisoners "Gdeim Izik" in Cantabria‏

Cantabria (Spain), March 29, 2016 (SPS) - Cantabria association for the Western Sahara organized sit-in in solidarity with the Saharawi political prisoners Gdeim Izik group on their hunger strike for 29 days.

Algeria, SADR hold consultation meeting

Algiers, 27 March 2016 (SPS)  – A high-level meeting was held Sunday in Algiers under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and Prime Minister of the Sahrawi Arab and Democratic Republic (SADR), Abdelkader Taleb Omar, as part of the Algerian-Sahrawi consultations, said a communiqué of Prime Minister’s Office.

South African Ambassador to Algeria reiterates support for right of Saharawi people to self-determination

Algiers, March 27, 2016 (SPS) - South Africa's ambassador to Algeria Mr. Denis Tokozana Dlomo, has reaffirmed his country's support for the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence.

Aggravation of health state of Gdeim Izik prisoners, families protest in front of prison commission in Rabat

Rabat (Morocco) 26March 2016 (SPS) - The health state of Sahrawi prisoners of the group of Gdeim Izik camp has deteriorated sharply as a result of the complications of the unlimited hunger strike they have been waging for 26 days, according to the Ministry of Occupied Territories and Community Abroad.

Sahrawi authorities call on Security Council to stop Rabat's escalation against UN

Bir Lahlou (liberated territories), 26 March 2016 (SPS) -The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and the Polisario Front have deplored, once again, "the stated willingness of the Moroccan occupier to put an end to the peace process" by dismantling the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), calling on the Security Council to "stop Rabat's escalation against Morocco."

Polisario Front backs Security Council's call to maintain MINURSO mandate

Washington (United States), 26 March 2016 (SPS) - Polisario Front has expressed support to United Nations Security Council's call for the keeping of the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Sahrawi representative to the UN, Ahmed Boukhari, said Friday.

Boukhari asks for "firm measures" against Morocco.

Security Council "seriously preoccupied" over Morocco's measures against Minurso

Washington, 26 March 2016 (SPS) - The UN Security Council said on Thursday it is "seriously concerned" over the recent developments in Western Sahara, following Morocco's retaliatory measures that targeted MINURSO.

The "members of the UN Security Council held several meetings on Western Sahara and MINURSO, and expressed serious concerns about developments" that have followed these measures, President of the Security Council Ismael Gaspar Martins told the press.

Congressmen: US does not recognize Morocco's so-called sovereignty over Western Sahara

Washington, 26 March 2016 (SPS) -The United States of America does not recognize the so-called sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara, considered by the US as "a non-autonomous territory pending decolonization", congressmen stressed Wednesday in Washington.

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission dispelled any doubt about the position of the US government on the Western Sahara issue at a hearing Wednesday devoted to the status of Western Sahara.

UN SC call for full restoration of UN mission in Western Sahara

New York, 25 March 2016 (SPS) - The UN Security Council on Thursday called for the full restoration of the UN mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO).