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January 2012

Western Sahara: Peru supports a solution within framework of UN

Rabat (Morocco), Jan 31, 2012 (SPS) .- Peru's Foreign Minister , Rafael Roncagliolo said Monday that his country supports a negotiated settlement to the conflict of Western Sahara within the framework of the United Nations.
 

"Any proposal must be discussed in the framework of the United Nations, and we hope to reach a negotiated settlement acceptable by both parties," said Peruvian Foreign Minister at press conference in Rabat (Morocco), responding to question on the Peru's position from the Western Sahara conflict.

President Mohamed Abdelaziz calls for an end to plundering of Saharawi natural resources

Addis Ababa 31, Jan 2012 (SPS) - President of the Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz has called on Monday in Addis Ababa for stopping the blundering of the Saharawi natural resources by Moroccan authorities of occupation.
 

International community should act rapidly to halt repression in occupied Western Sahara, urges President

Addis Ababa 31, Jan 2012 (SPS) - The President of the Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr.Mohamed Abdelaziz, said Monday in Addis Ababa that "leaders of Africa and the world cannot ignore deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Western Sahara.
 

Six Saharawi detainees’ students expected to appear today before the Moroccan Court of Appeal

Sale (Morocco), Jan 30, 2012 (SPS) - The six Saharawi students, who are detained since April 21, 2011 on the ground of holding peaceful protests to denounce the death of the Saharawi student Hbad Hamadi, are expected to appear today before the Court of Appeal in Sale, Morocco, according to a source of the Ministry of Occupied Territories and Communities Abroad.

The trail is third of its kind after the procrastination that affected them by the same court, which was postponed their trail two previous occasions.

Sahrawi woman assaulted by Moroccan police in the occupied city of El Aaiun

El Aaiun (occupied territories), Jan 30, 2012 (SPS) - The Saharawi woman, Ms. Lala Hatra Aram, was brutally attacked Friday near his home in El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara, by the Moroccan police officers wearing official and civilian clothes, said the Collective of the Sahrawi human Rights defenders (CODESA).

According to the victim’s statements cited by the CODESA, “she was assaulted for participating in peaceful demonstrations calling for the political and social rights of the Sahrawi people.”

Victims of enforced disappearance and political detention held peaceful sit-in in occupied El Aaiun

El Aaiun (occupied territories), Jan 30, 2012 (SPS) - Dozens of Saharawi victims of repression, enforced disappearance and political detention organized Friday a peaceful sit-in outside what so-called the Local Office of the Moroccan Council for Human Rights in the occupied city of El Aaiun, informed a source of the Ministry of Occupied Territories and Communities Abroad.

President Thomas Yayi Boni elected as Chairperson of the AU for 2012

Addis Ababa, Jan 30, 2012 (SPS) - Heads of State and Government of the African Union have elected Mr. Thomas Yayi Boni, President of the Republic of Benin, as chairperson of the Au for 2012 during a closed session of the 18th Ordinary Summit at the Union’s new headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Absence of a solution has imposed growing risks and costs for the parties, the Maghreb region, and international community (Christopher Ross

United Nations, Jan 30, 2012 (SPS) - The UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Mr. Christopher Ross, has noted that the absence of a solution in Western Sahara “has imposed growing risks and costs for the parties, the Maghreb region and for international community.”

Mr. Ross confirmed, in an interview with the UN News Centre, that the risks for the parties “include the possible renewal of military hostilities and the possible outbreak of popular unrest.”

Eighteenth Summit of African Union opens

The Heads of State as well as heads of delegations of the 54 African Union member countries proceeded in the morning with a tree planting ceremony at a site identified for that purpose within the premises of the new building at the AU headquarters. It was a symbolic act aimed at sensitizing the African population on the need to preserve green vegetation to fight drought on the continent.

Ross: we hope the people of Western Sahara will enjoy full human rights, including freedom to express their views on their future

United Nations, Jan 30, 2012 (SPS) - “We also hope that the people of Western Sahara, whether they be in the territory or in the refugee camps, will enjoy full human rights, including the freedom to express their views on their future and that the negotiators will take these views into account,” stated Friday Mr. Christopher Ross, Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara in an interview with UN News Centre.