December 2016

Moroccan forces intervene “violently” against Saharawi citizens in El-Aaiun

El-Aaiun (Occupied Territories), Dec 31, 2016 (SPS) - Formations of the Moroccan occupying forces intervene Thursday violently against Saharawi peaceful demonstrators, according to Sahrawi human rights sources. 

President of Republic oversees closing of annual conference on foreign relations

Hussein Tamek Complex (Shaheed El-Hafed), Dec 31, 2016 (SPS) – President 0f Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, oversaw Saturday evening the closing of the work of the annual conference of foreign relations, in the presence of members of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front, the SADR government and diplomatic corps.

Moroccan regime responsible for tension in Guerguerat, says Sahrawi Prime Minister

Nouakchott, Dec 30, 2016 (SPS) - Sahrawi Prime Minister Abdelkader Taleb Omar attributed to the Moroccan regime the responsibility for the tension in the region of Guerguerat in the south of Western Saharan, affirming that the Polisario Front decided to send troops to put an end to Morocco’s attempts to encroach upon the border strip with Mauritania.

National partners call for expanding circle of international solidarity

Hussein Tamek Complex (Shaheed El-Hafed), December 30, 2016 (SPS) - The national partners in the external action called Thursday FOR deepening relations in order to expand international solidarity circle, on the sidelines of the annual conference ON foreign relations, in the presence of members of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front, SADR government and diplomatic corps.

Protests outside Morocco's embassy in Madrid for release of Saharawi political prisoners

Madrid (Spain) December 29, 2016 (SPS) - Dozens of people, members of the Spanish movement for solidarity demonstrated Tuesday outside Morocco's embassy in Madrid, Spain, to demand "the immediate release of Saharawi political prisoners in Moroccan jails."

Omar Mansour highlights Saharawi diplomacy role in Latin America and the Caribbean

Chahid El Hafed, December 28, 2016 (SPS) - The Minister Delegate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Latin America and the Caribbean affairs, member of the National Secretariat, Mr. Omar Mansour, stated in the framework of the annual foreign relations conference that Saharawi diplomacy , During the current year, has played an important role in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Saharawi state strongly presented in all UA organs (Saharawi diplomat)

Chahid El Hafed, December 28, 2016 (SPS) -The Minister Delegate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of African affairs, Mr. Hamdi Mayara stated on Tuesday at the annual foreign relations conference that the Saharawi State delegation to African Union has effectively demonstrated its presence in all AU bodies.

EU Court's ruling: gains and prospects investment a lecture by POLISARIO lawyers

Hussein Tamek Complex (Chahed El Hafid), December 28, 2016 (SPS) - the lawyer of Frente POLISARIO before the European Court of Justice Mr. Gilles Devers and Mr.

Opening of Annual Conference on Foreign Affairs

Chahid El Hafed,   December 27, 2016 (SPS) - The annual Conference on Foreign Relations was inaugurated today in the presence of the President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente POLISARIO, Mr. Brahim Gali, members of the National Secretariat, The Saharawi Government and the National Council, as well as the diplomatic corps and cadres of the POLISARIO and the Saharawi State.

 

POLISARIO win several campaigns at UN, international courts and public opinion courts against Morocco

Washington, December 27, 2016 – the American worldwide spread newspapers – Washington Times – published Sunday an opinion entitled Hope in the Sahara, The courts send a word of caution to the king of Morocco in which the Washington Times highlighted the considerable achievement that the Frente POLISARIO gained in the international sphere in its struggle against the kingdom of Morocco for the self-determination of the Sahrawi people.

 

AU Commission delegation on working visit to Sahrawi refugees

Chahid El Hafed (Sahrawi refugee camps) December 27, 2016 (SPS) - A delegation of the African Union Commission arrived in the Sahrawi refugee camps, as part of the three-day working visit to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

Bilbao: Demonstration denounces trial of Gdeim Izik group in front of Moroccan consulate

Bilbao, December 27, 2016 (SPS) – the Sahrawi Abroad Community in Bilbao has organized Yesterday a demonstration in front of Moroccan Consulate in the said city, denouncing the unfair and illegal retrial of Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik group.

 

Adala UK renews call to allow international observers access to Western Sahara

London, December 27, 2016 (SPS) -  The British Organization of Human Rights in Western Sahara, Adala UK, called on Morocco to allow the international observers’ access to Western Sahara, condemning the blockade imposed on the Sahrawi territories.

Trial of Gdeim Izik prisoners postponed until 23 January

Rabat, December 27, 2016 (SPS) -The trial (on appeal) of the Sahrawi "Gdeim Izik" political prisoners, arbitrarily sentenced to heavy penalties by a Moroccan military court, was postponed until 23 January 2017.

The trial opened at a civil court in Rabat, under the pressure of international human rights organizations.

Peruvian appeal for release of Saharawi prisoners of Gdeim Izik

Lima (Peru), 24 Dec 2016 (SPS) - The Peruvian Council for Solidarity with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (COPERASD) called for the release of political prisoners from the group of Gdeim Izik and all Saharawi political prisoners in the Moroccan prisons.

New trial of Gdeim Izik’s Sahrawi political prisoners, calls to release them increase

Rabat, 25 December 2016 (SPS) - The trial of the Sahrawi political prisoners called “Gdeim Izik group,” prosecuted by the Moroccan justice, will start Monday in Rabat, against a background of several calls for their “immediate and unconditional” release as well as for the judgment of the Moroccans who were responsible for “arbitrary detentions.”

AU Commission delegation on working visit to Sahrawi refugees

Shahed El-Hafedh (refugee camps), 25 December 2016 (SPS) - A delegation of the African Union Commission arrived in the Sahrawi refugee camps, as part of the three-day working visit to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

Saharawi community in Mauritania expresses solidarity Saharawi political prisoners (Gdeim Izik group)

Shaheed El-Hafed, Dec 25, 2016 (SPS) - The Saharawi community in Mauritania, including the martyr Ali Mayara’s sector, organized Saturday a platform to express support and solidarity with the Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik who are due to appear Monday before a Moroccan court.

Call for rally in front of Moroccan Embassy in Madrid in solidarity with political prisoners of Gdeim Izik

Madrid, Dec 24, 2016 (SPS) - The Trade Union Confederation of Spanish Workers' Commissions (CCOO-Spanish) called for a rally on Tuesday in front of the Moroccan Embassy in Madrid to express solidarity with the Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group.

European Court of Justice's ruling shows rightness of Algeria's position (Abdelkader Messahel)

Madrid, Dec 24, 2016 (SPS) – Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said Friday, in Madrid, that the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), confirming that EU-Morocco free trade deal cannot apply to Western Sahara territory, "shows the rightness of Algeria's position."

Adala UK: Morocco must allow international observers to enter Western Sahara

London, Dec 24, 2016 (SPS) - Two lawyers, José Revert Calabuig and Nieves Cubas Armas, representatives of the General Council of the Spanish Legal Profession who had planned to visit, as international observers, the trial on 21 December of Saharawi activist Ali Saadouni and his fellow activists in El Aaiún. They were expelled from the capital of Occupied Western Sahara at midday on 20 December, sent by plane back to Gran Canaria.

US-Western Sahara Foundation Welcomes ECJ Decision; Reaffirms Right to Self Determination

Washington, DC, Dec 24, 2016 (SPS) - The US-Western Sahara Foundation heartily welcomes the European Court of Justice's recent ruling on the European Union's trade deal with Morocco and calls for the United Nations to follow through on the long promised referendum.



Africa Solidarity for Sahrawi: The Sahrawi Political Prisoners - Gdeim Izik Facing Death 26th December 2016

Sahrawi Times, Issue 3 - 23 Dec. 2016



As the year 2016 ends, it is rather very unfortunate that the global mechanism which is supposed to maintain international world order is still facing a lot of dysfunctionality. The very ones who are supposed to be protected by the international communities are hitherto the victims of a conspiracy of international negligence and silence.

Western Sahara, among regional issues of strategic dialogue with Spain

Madrid, Dec 24, 2016 (SPS) - Western Sahara conflict is among the regional issues of the strategic dialogue with Spain, said Friday in Madrid Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.

The Minister made this statement to APS a day following the first session of Algeria-Spain Strategic Dialogue in Madrid, which he co-chaired with Spain's State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ignacio Ybanez.

Demonstrations in Spain for release of Saharawi political prisoners

Madrid, Dec 24, 2016 (SPS) Several Spanish cities have decided to organise demonstrations to express their support and solidarity with the Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik whose trial is scheduled to start Monday.

In Madrid, the Spanish Coordination of Solidarity Associations with Sahara (CEAS-Sahara) called for a rally in front of the Moroccan embassy to demand the release of the Saharawi political prisoners on 27 December.

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