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Spanish ONGs asks UNSC to vote in favour of expanding MINURSO mandate include human rights monitoring

Madrid, April 17, 2014 (SPS) - 19 Spanish cultural and political non-governmental organizations have asked the UN Security Council to take its responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security in accordance with the UN principles and purposes, by voting “favourably” to expand the powers of MINURSO to include sustained human rights monitoring in Western Sahara.

AU welcomes UN Secretary General’s report on Western Sahara

Addis Ababa, April 17, 2014 (SPS) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has welcomed the report issued by the UN Secretary General on the situation concerning Western Sahara.

In a press release issued Tuesday, Mrs. Dlamini-Zuma recalled to the recommendation made for the UN Security Council comprehensively to review the framework that it provided for the negotiating process in April 2007, if no progress occur before April 2015.

MEPs asks UNSC to expand MINURSO mandate to include human rights monitoring

Brussels, April 17, 2014 (SPS) - A group of members of the European Parliament has sent a letter to the UN Secretary General and Security Council Member States, in which they called for expand the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to include the monitor of human rights situation on the ground.

MEPs recalled that several international human rights NGOs and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, described as “worrisome” the human rights situation in occupied Western Sahara.

Anti-apartheid fighter Andrew Mlangeni to attend FiSahara 2014

Madrid, April 17, 2014 (SPS) - The iconic anti-apartheid fighter Andrew Mlangeni, imprisoned with Nelson Mandela for 26 years, announced Wednesday that he will attend the 11th edition of the Western Sahara International Film Festival (FiSahara), to be held in the Wilaya of Dakhla from April 29th to May 04, informed the organizers.

Mlangeni, now 89, was sentenced with Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia trials and lived beside him in Robben Island and Pollsmoor prison.

President deplores “violent attack” against Saharawis in occupied El Aaiun

Chahid Al Hafed (refugee camps), April 17, 2014 (SPS) - President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz has deplored the “violent attack” carried out Tuesday evening by Moroccan repression forces against Saharawi citizens in the occupied city of El Aaiun, asking the UN to take “urgent steps” to protect the Saharawi people.

AU calls for renewed efforts to resolve Western Sahara conflict

Addis Ababa, 16 April 2014(SPS)- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has called for renewing efforts to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara, welcoming the report of the UN Secretary General on the situation concerning Western Sahara, issued on 10 April 2014.

British NGO for giving MINURSO the power to monitor human rights

London, April 16, 2014 (SPS) - On the eve of the UN Security Council´s meeting on April 17th, Western Sahara UK Campaign has appealed to the Security Council to fulfill its duty to the Saharawi people, by giving the MINURSO the powers to monitor human rights in Western Sahara.

SPS receives appreciation letter from St. Petersburg State University

Chahid Al Hafed (refugee camps), April 16, 2014 (SPS) - Sahara Press Service (SPS) has received a letter of congratulation and appreciation from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of Saint Petersburg State University.

In a ceremony organized Wednesday, a young journalist from the aforementioned university, also a cooperator with SPS since two years Katerina Ermakova presented this letter to SPS director, in the presence of the Polisario Front´s Representative in Moscow.

Moroccan forces heinously attack Saharawi demonstrators

El Aaiun (occupied territories), April 16, 2014 (SPS) - Moroccan occupying forces heinously attacked Tuesday night the Saharawi demonstrators in the occupied city of El Aaiun, capital of Western Sahara, leaving a heavy toll of victims, according to preliminary reports.

The demonstrators called for right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence, release of Saharawi political prisoners, cease the plunder of natural resources and human rights violations carried out by Morocco in Western Sahara.

Organizations call for human rights monitoring to be included in MINURSO mandate

Brussels, April 15, 2014 (SPS) - In anticipation of the United Nations Security Council meeting on Western Sahara on 17th April, 115 organizations, of which Saharawi organizations and international ONGs, from 21 countries around the world have issued a joint letter calling on the UN Security Council to agree an expansion of the current MINURSO mandate to include the monitoring and protection of the human rights in Western Sahara.

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