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Morocco called to respect basic rights of Saharawi political prisoner (Adala UK)

London, Oct 17, 2014 (SPS) - Adala UK has requested, once again, the international community to put pressure the Kingdom of Morocco to respect the basic rights of the Saharawi political prisoners, calling for providing the necessary medical assistance.

The Saharawi political prisoner Elmojahid Mayara, now languishing in the Lakhal Prison in the occupied city of El Aaiun, entered an open hunger strike on October 14, 2014.

US ONG urgently calls for human rights monitoring in occupied Western Sahara

Washington, Oct 17, 2014 (SPS) - The US-Western Sahara Foundation has sent an urgent call for the international community to monitor the human rights situation in Western Sahara, occupied by Morocco.

In a statement issued by the Foundation, Chairman Suzanne Scholte repeated her call on the international community to “urgently act” to end the unjustified violence against defenseless civilians in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

Saharawi Government satisfied with ECJ’s judgment regarding exploitation of Saharawi natural resources

Chahid Al Hafed (refugee camps), Oct 17, 2014 (SPS) - The Saharawi Coordinator with the MINURSO Mr. Mhamed Khaddad has expressed the satisfaction of the Polisario Front and the Saharawi government with the verdict taken by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Monday vis-à-vis the illegality of the exploitation of Western Sahara natural resources.

Five new non-permanent members elected to Security Council

New York, Oct 16, 2014 (SPS) - The 193 Members States of the General Assembly of the UN on Thursday elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2015.

The five countries will join the 5 permanent members, US, Russia, France, China and UK and the 5 other non-permanent members, Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania and Nigeria.

They will replace Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, South Korea and Rwanda.

President calls for more pressure and sanctions on Moroccan occupying state

Bir Lehlou (liberated zones), Oct 16, 2014 (SPS) - President of the Republic, Secretary General Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz deplored the recent repressive acts perpetrated on Wednesday evening against innocent people by Moroccan occupying forces in occupied El Aaiun, calling for more pressure and sanctions from the UN to stop such practices.

Western Sahara, non-self-governing territory (EU official)

Brussels, Oct 16, 2014 (SPS) - Western Sahara is a non-self-governing territory, said Mr. Štefan FÜLE, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, adding “Morocco is actually an administering authority.”

Responding to a question of MEP on behalf of the European Commission, Mr Füle stressed that according to the UN attitude, Western Sahara is considered a “non-self-governing territory”, highlighting that the Kingdom of Morocco is actually “an administering authority.”

ICRC organizes interactive session with national media

Chahid Al Hafed (refugee camps), Oct 16, 2014 (SPS) - Field Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Saharawi refugee camps on Thursday morning organized an interactive meeting with the representatives of Saharawi national mass-media.

The meeting was held in collaboration with ICRC’s field office in Tunisia.

WSRW launches report on Kosmos Energy’s oil-drilling plans in occupied Western Sahara

Oslo, Oct 16, 2014 (SPS) - Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) on Thursday launched a report on Kosmos Energy’s unethical plans for the drilling of oil and gas in the occupied Saharawi territories, in which it highlighted that such activities would contribute to supporting Morocco’s “unfounded” claims over Western Sahara and undermining UN peace process.

SNRW deplores Glencore Xstrata’s involvement in illegal activities in occupied Western Sahara

Chahid Al Hafed (refugee camps), Oct 16, 2014 (SPS) - The Saharawi Natural Resources Watch (SNRW) “strongly” on Wednesday deplored the involvement of the Swiss-based Glencore Xstrata in some illegal oil-drilling activities offshore Western Sahara, in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The company was given two licenses to drill for oil and gas in the region of Foum Agwainit, south-western the occupied city of El Aaiun, capital of Western Sahara.

Algeria welcomes with “satisfaction” adoption of UN resolution on decolonization in Western

Algiers, Oct 16, 2014 (SPS) - Algeria has welcomed with “satisfaction” the adoption, Tuesday, by UN General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) of a resolution on Western Sahara, reiterating United Nations’ commitment to the completion of the decolonization process in Western Sahara, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, said Wednesday.

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