May 2017

Seminar in Caribbean: UN urged to speed up Western Sahara decolonization process

Kingstown (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), May 20, 2017 (SPS) -Participants in the regional seminar of the Caribbean on decolonization held by the United Nations' 24 Committee called for the UN to speed up the decolonization process of Western Sahara and the organization of a self-determination referendum. 

Commencement of celebrations commemorating 44th anniversary of armed struggle launch

Wilaya of Awserd (Refugee Camps), May 20, 2017 (SPS) - The celebration of the 44th anniversary of the outbreak of the armed struggle has been launched Saturday in the Wilaya of Awserd, refugee camps.

The celebrations were attended by President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, members of the National Secretariat, the Government, foreign delegations, and a large population of the Wilaya.

Moroccan court postpones trial of Gdeim Izik prisoners

Salé (Morocco), May 19, 2017 (SPS) - The Moroccan court has postponed the trial of the Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik until June 5, according to a Sahrawi human rights source from the occupied territories.

According to the source, the court decided to postpone the judgment after two weeks of hearings that witnessed numerous violations of the right of the prisoners in a fair trial.

Human rights monitoring: Morocco’s council has no jurisdiction over Western Sahara territory

Brussels, May 19, 2017 (SPS) -  The Moroccan Council of Human Rights (CNDH), mentioned by the European Union (EU) in the questions of human rights violation in Western Sahara "has no jurisdiction" over this territory, under the international law, said MEP Paloma Lopez.

Sahrawi Government announces detention of a vessel carrying a cargo of phosphate rock destined for Canada from occupied Western Sahara

Bir lehlu (Liberated Territories), 18 May 2017 (SPS) -The government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (the SADR) and the Frente POLISARIO, announced today the detention of a second vessel carrying a cargo of phosphate rock illegally mined and sold from occupied Western Sahara.  The motor vessel Ultra Innovation was detained last night in Panama under court order while transiting the Panama Canal en route to Canada. 

 

Saharawi National Human Rights Commission expresses its concern over the Gdeim Izik prisoner’s situation

Bir lehlu (Liberated Territories), May 18, 2017 (SPS) - The Saharawi National Commission for Human Rights (CNSDH) has expressed its concern over humiliating and discriminatory treatment by the Moroccan security services during the long- Illegal trial against the activists of Gdeim Izik.

 

Bujari Ahmed participates in Seminar on decolonization organized by the UN Special Committee on decolonization

Kingstown (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), May 17, 2017 (SPS) - The Frente  POLISARIO Representative to the UN, Bujari Ahmed, invited by the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, has took part Tuesday at the Regional Seminar on decolonization, held this year in the Caribbean, in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with the purpose of examining the situation in the Territories under colonial or foreign domination.

EU won’t fund Morocco’s renewable energy projects in Western Sahara

Brussels, May 16, 2017 (SPS-The European Commission has ruled out any funding of Morocco’s renewable energy projects in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, and stressed it would fulfil its commitment to informing European companies and citizens of the legal status of this territory whenever support is requested. SPS

 

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WFP forced to reduce food rations for Western Sahara Refugees as Ramadan approaches

Algiers,  May 16, 2017 (SPS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Algeria is appealing for urgent donor support for refugees from Western Sahara as severe lack of funding has forced the agency in May to reduce food rations by almost 20 percent.

Minister of Foreign Affairs makes appointments at diplomatic corps level

Shahid El-Hafedh, May 15, 2017 (SPS) Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Salek made Sunday appointments at level of the diplomatic corps, in accordance with Presidential Decree No. 8 / 2017.

On the basis of the powers under Presidential Decree No. 14/2012 of 22 September 2012 governing diplomatic work by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in particular Article 02, the Minister of Foreign Affairs decides as follows:

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President of Republic makes reshuffles at diplomatic corps level

Shaheed El-Hafed, May 15, 2017 (SPS) - The President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, undertook Sunday some reshuffles at the level of the diplomatic corps, according to a decree of the Presidency of the Republic.

"By Presidential Decree No. 08/2017 and in accordance with the powers conferred upon it by the Constitution of the Republic, in particular Article 58, the President of the Republic enacts as follows:

Western Sahara conflict resolution: Lacroix reiterates UN SG's willingness to reopen negotiations

Algiers, May 15, 2017 (SPS) -The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Sunday reiterated the willingness of the new United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to reopen negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco to settle the conflict the occupied Western Sahara.

Western Sahara: ECJ decision, "mandatory" for EU, member states, says Belani

Paris (France), May 15, 2017 (SPS) – The decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which excludes Western Sahara territories from the EU-Morocco trade agreements is "mandatory" for both the European Commission and its member states, said Algeria's ambassador to Brussels, Amar Belani, in reaction to reports that the European Commission had requested the Union’s approval for a new negotiating mandate with a view to "adjusting" certain provisions of the agreements.

Sahrawis in Belgium celebrate 44th anniversary of Polisario Front creation

Antwerp (Belgium), May 15, 2017 (SPS) - The Sahrawi community in Belgium celebrated Sunday, in Antwerp (Belgium), in Northern Belgium, the 44th anniversary of the creation of the Polisario Front, on 10 May 1973, and the triggering of the armed fight for the liberation of Western Sahara, ten days later.

POLISARIO participates in the Congress of the Danish Red-Green Alliance Party

Copenhagen (Denmark) 14 May, 2017 (SPS) - Upon official invitation, the POLISARIO Front representative in Denmark, Mr. Abba Malainin, has participated in the annual Congress of the Red-Green Alliance Party convened in the capital, Copenhagen from 12 to 14 May 2017.

President of Republic condemns aggressive behavior of Morocco in Sahrawi liberated territories

Bir Lahlu (Liberated Territories), May 14, 2017 (SPS) - The President of the Republic, Secretrary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali. "strongly condemned" the new aggressive behavior through the presence of the Moroccan forces at 50 kilometers outside the buffer zone, in the territorial waters of Western Sahara between Guerguerat and Lagouira, southwestern Western Sahara, in violation of the 1991 ceasefire agreement no.

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Spain: Trial of Gdeim Izik’s prisoners in Rabat “shameful”

Madrid, May 11, 2017 (SPS) - The Coordination of Spanish Associations of solidarity with Western Sahara (Ceas-Sahara) dubbed “shameful” the new trial of 24 Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik group which resumed Monday in Rabat after several postponements, underlining that Morocco “shows once  again that its only raison d’être is strength and repressive policy.” SPS

 

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Western Sahara remains a "Non-Self-Governing Territories"

Brussels, May 10, 2017 (SPS) – Western Sahara status remains that of a "non-self-governing territories," said EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, reiterating the EU support to the efforts of the UN Secretary-General in order to reach a solution that will allow "the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara."

 

Fourth ordinary session of the Pan-African Parliament begins in Midrand

Midrand (South Africa), 09 May 2017 (SPS) - The fourth ordinary session of the Pan-African Parliament began in South Africa on Monday to analyze and address the issues of greatest concern to the peoples of the continent.

The session, attended by 54 states of the continent, had as guests of honor the presidents of Malawi, S.E. Prof. Arthur P. Mutharika, and Burkina Faso, S.E. Roch Mark Christian Kabore.

POLISARIO Front takes part at Norwegian Trade Unions Confederation 34th Congress

Oslo, Norway, 09 May 2017 (SPS) - the representative of the Frente POLISARIO in Norway, Dr. Limam Khalil, has attended the 34th Congress of the Norwegian Trade Union Confederation (NFTU), which started on Monday in Oslo.

 

Morocco needs Department of State's approval to use financial aid in Western Sahara

Washington, May 09, 2017 (SPS) -The US financial aid to Morocco, provided by the 2017 federal budget, cannot be used in Western Sahara without the approval from  the Department of State, according to the budget law on 4 May adopted by the Congress and promulgated by President Donald Trump. SPS

 

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President of Republic receives Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister

Shaheed El-Hafed (Refugee Camps), 8 May 2017 (SPS) - President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, received Monday afternoon Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina Gonzalez, at end of his visit to Saharawi Republic.

After the meeting, Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister reiterated his country's position in support of the Sahrawi people's struggle and their right to self-determination and independence.

Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik appear before Salé court

Rabat (Morocco) 8 May 2017 (SPS) - The first session of the trial of Sahrawi political prisoners, Gdeim Izik, opened Monday, at the Moroccan Court of appeal in Salé, within the framework of the fourth round of their trial.

Since the early hours of Monday morning, the Moroccan authorities have brought dozens of thugs who have intimidated the families of the prisoners and their supporters in an attempt to disrupt their peaceful and civilized demands.

Prime Minister receives Cuban Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Shaheed El-Hafed (Refugee Camps), 8 May 2017 (SPS) – Prime Minister, Abdelkader Talab Omar, received Monday Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelino Medina Gonzalez, who is on a working visit in the Sahrawi Republic.

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