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23 May 2014

UN Decoloniszation Committee discusses Sahrawi issue

The United Nations Decolonization Committee will discuss the issue of Western Sahara during the conference which is held in Nadi, Fiji, from Wednesday to Friday.? ?

The Conference will discuss the Sahrawi issue among the 17 Non-self governing territories on the United Nations list, with the aim of speeding up the implementation of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2011/2020). Sahara Press Service

 South Africa Ambassador reiterates his country’s support to right of Saharawi people

Ambassador of South Africa to Algeria Mr. Joseph Kotane renewed his country’s support of the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence, during a meeting Thursday with Sahrawi Ambassador Mr. Brahim Ghali at the headquarters of the Sahrawi embassy in Algiers.? ?The South African diplomat who was accompanied by the officer in charge of affairs at the embassy and cultural attache also expressed his desire to further development relations of cooperation in various fields between South Africa and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.   Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                  

16 May 2014

Council of Europe prepares resolution on Western Sahara conflict

The Council of Europe is preparing a resolution questioning Morocco, on a political settlement to the conflict in Western Sahara, which will be presented to its Parliamentary Assembly’s plenary session scheduled for June 23-27 2014 in Strasbourg. Sahara Press Service

President of  Republic  congratulates ANC for winning elections in South Africa

President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front Mohamed Abdelaziz sent a letter of congratulations to his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma after victory of his party (ANC) in the elections that took place recently in South Africa. Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                  

9 May 2014

UN called to immediately apply its resolutions on Western Sahara

The Participants of the 4th Solidarity Conference in support of the people of Western Sahara, held in Ljubljana on Tuesday, have called, in a communiqué issued at the end of the conference, the United Nations (UN) to “immediately apply their resolutions on the Western Sahara by organizing a referendum on self-determination.” Sahara Press Service

Saharawi people prepare to commemorate 41th anniversary of Polisario Front

The Saharawi people is preparing to celebrate Saturday the 41th anniversary of the establishment of the Polisario Front on May 10, 1973.

The Polisario Front initiated the armed struggle 20 May 1973 contra the Spanish colonialism and continued following the Moroccan invasion in 1975 until the United Nations brokered the sease of fire in 1991 which still in effect. Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                  

6 May 2014

SADR warns against Moroccan and EU plunder of Saharawi fishing resources

The Saharawi Minister of Development and agriculture, Naama Saaid Jamani, warned on Wednesday 30 April, during the meeting of the AU Joint Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture meeting between the 28th of April to 2 of May, against the Moroccan and European Union’s systematic plunder of the Saharawi fisheries in total violation of the International law. Sahara Press Service

SADR participates at the AU Conference of Ministers of Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Saharawi delegation chaired by the Minister of Development and Agriculture, Naama Said Jamani, participated to the meetings of the Conference of Ministers of Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries and Aquaculture between 28 April and 2 May, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                  

25 April 2014

UNSC’s vote on U.S. draft resolution- on Western Sahara adjourned to next Tuesday

The Security Council of the United Nations has adjourned to next Tuesday the vote on a U.S. draft resolution on Western Sahara regarding the renewal of the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), said Reuters on Thursday. Sahara Press Service

SADR takes part at the Conference of AU Trade Ministers

A delegation of the Saharawi Republic (SADR) takes part at the Extraordinary Session of the Conference of the African Union Ministers of Trade, convening from 23rd to 28th April 2014 in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                  

20 April 2014

France denies veto threat looms over Western Sahara negotiations

France’s U.N. envoy on Friday vehemently denied threatening to use its Security Council veto power to block any proposals to have U.N. peacekeepers in Western Sahara monitor the human rights situation in the disputed North African territory.

Reuters

UN: Western Sahara needs rights monitors

The United Nations has called for more human rights oversight in Western Sahara, the vast northwest African territory occupied by Morocco since 1975, as a mandate for UN peace keepers in the disputed region comes up for renewal later this month.

Al Jazeera

                                                                                                  

11 April 2014

POLISARIO deeply concerned over Morocco’s ongoing human rights violations in Western Sahara

Ahead of the Security Council’s forthcoming deliberations on April 17th, the Frente POLISARIO has expressed deep concern over Morocco’s ongoing and systematic violation of the human rights of the Saharawi people, reiterating call on the Security Council to assume responsibility regarding the decolonisation of Western Sahara. Sahara Press Service

Norwegian Green Party urges government to support expanding MINURSO prerogatives to include human rights monitoring

Leader of Norwegian Green Party Mrs. Hanna Marcussen has called on the Norwegian government to support the expansion of the prerogatives  of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to include monitoring and reporting on human rights in Western Sahara. Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                  

3 April 2014

Norway reaffirm its position in favour of Saharawi people’s self-determination

Norwegian minister of foreign affairs Børge Brende reaffirmed his country’s position on the Western Sahara issue in support of the efforts of the United Nations to find a political solution providing for the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination, in a written response to a question submitted by a member of parliament.

Sahara Press Service

Saharawi parliament approves government’s programme

The Saharawi National Council (parliament) approved Tuesday the governemnt’s programme for the year 2014, in the presence of Prmie Minister Mr. Abdelkader Taleb Omar and members of the government.

Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                  

28 March 2014

AU Commissioner for Political Affairs reiterates support of Saharawi people’s right to self -determination

AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Dr. Aisha Abdullahi reaffirmed the commitment of the African Union in favour of the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination, in a statement issued Monday, following a visit to the Sahrawi Republic.

Sahara Press Service

Namibia continues to stand firm with Saharawi people, says President Pohamba

President of the Republic of Namibia H.E. Mr. Hifikepunye Pohamba has expressed firm solidarity with the Saharawi people, calling to allow them to exercise their right to self-determination.

Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                   

21 March 2014

President of Republic concludes visit to South Africa

President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz concluded Tuesday evening a visit to the Republic of South Africa, during which he took part at the celebrations marking the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP).

Sahara Press Service

British government reaffirms support of Saharawi people’s  right to self determination

British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Mr. Hugh Robertson has reaffirmed that the British government “strongly” supports the efforts of the United Nations to encourage Morocco and the Polisario Front to reach an agreement on a lasting and mutually acceptable political solution providing for the right to self-determination of the people of the Western Sahara.

Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                   

14 March 2014

Total’s operations in Western Sahara face ethics probe

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund is examining the operations of oil firm Total in Western Sahara, a disputed region of North Africa with a history of human rights abuses, to ascertain whether its activities there are unethical.

BDlive

President Mohamed Abdelaziz hails Algeria’s continous support to the Saharawi cause

President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz hailed Tuesday Algeria’s continuous support to the Saharawi cause.

“Algeria has always supported the Sahrawi cause since the invasion of Western Sahara by Morocco in 1975,” Abdelaziz said after a meeting with Algerian parliamentarian delegation which paid a solidarity visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps.

Sahara Press Service

Polisario Front urges UN to pressurize Morocco to comply with international legitimacy

President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente Polisario Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz called yesterday, Tuesday, on the United Nations (UN) to exert pressure on Morocco to comply with international legitimacy and thus allows self-determination referendum to take place in Western Sahara.

During a reception granted to an Algerian women parliamentary delegation, President Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the UN to exert all possible types of pressure on the Kingdom of Morocco to comply with international legitimacy, as to allow that self-determination referendum been conducted in Western Sahara.

Sahara Press Service

7 March 2014

Morocco: Washington Criticizes Rabat Over Human Rights Abuses Against Saharawis

Washington — The United States has criticized once again the violations of human rights committed by Morocco in Western Sahara, highlighting that Moroccan government imposes restrictions on the civil liberties and political rights of the Saharawi advocates for independence.

Spain for solution ensuring Saharwi people self-determination

Spain is for a just political solution guaranteeing the right of Sahrawi people to self-determination, indicated a statement of  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  following the meeting Friday in Madrid between Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. José Manuel García-Margall an the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Western Sahara, Mr. Christopher Ross.

Sahara Press Service

Zimbabwe’s position is in favour of struggle of Saharawi people (Zimbabwean Minister)

The Defense Minister of Zimbabwe, Dr. Sedney Tigere Sekeramayi, praised Wednesday  the strength of relations between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Sahrawi Republic, During a meeting with SADR ambassador to Zimbabwe Mohammed Saleh Daish, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense in the capital, Harare.

Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                   

21 February 2014

Polisario Front draws UN attention to casualties high toll in occupied Western Sahara

President of Republic Secretary General of the Polisario Front Mohamed Abdelaziz drew the attention of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to the high toll, ‘brutal interventions and blind violence’ suffered by Sahrawi peaceful demonstrators on Saturday in the occupied cities of El Aaiun and Boujdour.

Sahara Press Service

 

Not-So- Free Expression Online in Western Sahara

In a discussion with me last week about freedom of expression in his country, Moroccan Minister of Communication Moustapha Khalfi boasted that Sahrawi people living in Western Sahara who opposed Moroccan rule over the contested former Spanish colony are free to post whatever they want online without facing cybercensorship.

Human Rights Watch

Finland for Saharawi people’s right to self-determination, says FM

The Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Erkki Tuomioja expressed Tuesday in Algiers his country’s support to the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.

Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                   

09 February 2014

Morocco Says to Follow UN Rules in Disputed Sahara Oil Hunt

Morocco has joined France’s Total and U.S. explorer Kosmos to formally pledge that their hunt for oil off the coast of disputed Western Sahara will comply with international rules and the local population would benefit from discoveries.

Reuters

                                                                                                   

03 February 2014

Egypt Does Not Support Moroccan Occupation of Western Sahara

According to the Sunday edition of Algerian Shorouk newspaper, in a written refutation, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy stated: “The issue of Western Sahara is of great importance and we hope the UN efforts will result in a rational and realistic.” This confirms, the newspaper says, Mr. Fahmy did not say that “Egypt supports Morocco on the Western Sahara issue.”

Sahara Press Service

                                                                                                   

26 January 2014

Western Sahara Resource Deals Stoke Territorial Tensions

The European Union approved a four-year accord with Morocco allowing its boats to fish in disputed territorial waters off of Western Sahara. Angry demonstrators quickly gathered in towns across the annexed region, claiming Morocco has no right to enter into such treaties on their behalf.

AllAfrica.com

                                                                                                   

20 January 2014

Copenhagen International Conference on Western Sahara Supports Right of Saharawi People to Self-determination

An International Conference about Western Sahara, jointly organized by the Danish United Nations Association (UNA) and the Metropolitan University College Saturday in Copenhagen. The Conference was attended by distinguished speakers and more than 150 participants.

Sahara Press Service

 

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 6 January 2014

AU Commission On Peace and Security Calls to Encounter Challenges to Peace in Western Sahara

During Peace and Security Council meeting of heads of state and government in Banjul, Gambia, the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union said that efforts will be continued to address these challenges through actions which will be put in place.

AllAfrica.com

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 15 December 2013

Moroccan Police Crack Down on Protest in Western Sahara ahead of EU Trade Deal Vote

Approximately 50 demonstrators gathered in Laayoune in protest against a proposed EU trade agreement with Rabat that would allow the Moroccan government to use fish stocks from the contested territory’s water sources.

Al Bawaba

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 6 December 2013

Mozambique Will Intensify Efforts to Accelerate Decolonization of Western Sahara

The Speaker of the Mozambican Parliament, Ms. Veronica Macama, said that her country “will intensify efforts at all levels to accelerate the decolonization process in Western Sahara,” informed Saharawi embassy in Maputo.

AllAfrica.com

 

President of Kenya’s National Assembly Renews Support to Saharawi Cause

President of the National Assembly of Kenya, Justin Muturi, reaffirmed Monday in Algiers his country’s support to the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination in accordance with UN decisions.

AllAfrica.com

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 22 November 2013

New York Bar Association against Any Plan Excluding Independence

TheNew York Bar Association recently studied the question of Western Sahara unanimously confirmed the “illegality” of any plan that excluded independence through the exercise of right to self-determination of the Sahrawis, arguing that the choice limited to the Moroccan autonomy plan is not consistent with international law.

AllAfrica.com

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 15 November 2013

HRW Urges Moroccan Government’s President to Respect Saharawi Human Rights

A joint letter addressed by Human Rights Watch along with seven other regional and international human rights organizations, ahead of the election of new members of the Human Rights Council by the UN General Assembly was sent to the Moroccan Prime Minister.

AllAfrica.com

 

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 8 November 2013

Western Sahara Row Grows

A diplomatic row between Morocco and Algeria over human rights in Western Sahara has revived the historic animosity between the two rivals.

News24

 

Saharawi Delegation Holds Talks With President of Peruvian Congress

A Saharawi delegation, led by the Minister-Delegate for Latin America Hash Ahmed, held talks with Freddy Otárola, President of the Congress of Peru, Vice-President Carmen Omonte, as well as several leaders and parliamentarians from various political blocs.

AllAfrica.com