Western Sahara – 28 Jan 2015

Sahrawi human rights defender calls on UN to act on decolonization of Western Sahara

The Saharawi human rights activist, President of the Sahrawi Association of Victims of Grave human rights violations (ASVDH), Brahim Dahane,called the most influential members of the UN to act as the guarantor of peace and mediation, in an interview with Swiss newspaper, mail, published in its Saturday edition.

“If the UN remains paralyzed, I fear that the war will resume between the Polisario Front and Morocco.” “Some people, especially young people, are ready to die. The desire for independence is strong, and in front of the failure of the United Nations, many are calling for a resumption of the war. It is not our case we still hope for a peaceful solution, “reported the Swiss daily.

“We are harassed. Every action is hampered,” recalled the President of the Sahrawi Association of Victims of Grave human rights violations (ASVDH), Brahim Dahane, who denounces the passivity and even to some officials, the UN complicity, the newspaper said.

After forty years of occupation and separation relationships between camps and the occupied territories of Western Sahara have also strengthened through modern means of communication, he added.

“The links are first, of course, familial, interpersonal, but there is also a common national identification and common recognition of the Polisario Front as a tool, advocate and representative of the Sahrawi people. It is no doubt,” said the same source.

Sahara Press Service


President warns against Moroccan attempts to deviate Western Sahara decolonization process

President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz on Thursday warned against any attempt from the part of Morocco aimed at deviate the completion of decolonization process in Western Sahara.
In a statement, a copy of which obtained by SPS, President Mohamed Abdelaziz said that Morocco, which occupies by force part of Western Sahara, cannot indefinitely deviate the implementation of decolonization in Western Sahara, asking it to stop fueling tension and instability in the northwest part of the continent.
Pending self-determination of the Saharawi people to be implemented, said Saharawi President, the UN must work for the respect of the legal status of Western Sahara as a non-self-governing territory, as defined in Article 73 of the Charter.
He, in this respect, asked the UN to stop the “shameless” exploitation of Saharawi natural resources by Morocco, as to protect Saharawi civilians from Moroccan aggression and human rights violations and thus establish a UN mechanism to observe such abuses.
He went on saying that Moroccan occupation has no right whatsoever to put any specific conditions to the work of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General, his Special Representative or even the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Sahara Press Service


Tifariti University signs twinning agreement with universities in Valencia

The University of Tifariti on Wednesday signed a twinning agreement with public universities in Valencia, Spain, providing for the exchange of experiences between these institutions.
The agreement was signed from the Saharawi party by the Dean of Tifariti, Jatari Hamudi, and from the Spanish party by Mr. Manuel Palomar, dean of Alicante University, Esteban Morcillo, dean of Valencia University, Mr. Vicente Climent, dean of the University of Castellon.
The agreement will give impetus to cooperation between Tifariti University and the aforementioned universities.
It will, therefore, put into reality the project of Tifariti University and lay the foundations of higher education and scientific research in the Saharawi Republic (SADR).
Tifariti University has already inked agreements with more than 20 universities in Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Sahara Press Service