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Culture Ministry examines final preparation for ARTifariti 2014

Seville (Andalusia, Spain), Oct 21, 2014 (SPS) - Minister of Culture Ms. Khadija Hamdi on Monday met with organizers of the 8th edition of the International Arts and Human Rights Encounters in the Western Sahara (known as; ARTifariti), to be held from 1 until 8 November 2014 in the Wilaya of Boujdour.

Attended by ARTifariti Director, Fernando Peraita, and the Saharawi Representative Mr. Abidin Buchraya, the meeting was devoted to examine the final preparation for the event.

RFK Center concerned over death of Saharawi political prisoner

Washington DC, Oct 21, 2014 (SPS) - Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights has expressed concern over the death and unauthorized burial of the Saharawi political prisoner, Hassana El-Ouali, while in custody.

In a statement issued on October 15, RFK Center President, Kerry kennedy, said the preventing the family to claim Hassana’s remains only makes the Moroccan violation of human rights “more abhorrent.”

Adala UK urges EU to hold Morocco to account for human rights abuses

London, Oct 21, 2014 (SPS) - The UK-based non-governmental organization, Adala, has called upon the European Union (EU) to hold the Kingdom of Morocco to account for its human rights violations against the Saharawi people.

In a letter addressed to the 73 British MEP, Adala UK urged the MEP to use their influence to make known the issue of human rights violations that occur on a daily basis in occupied Western Sahara and to ensure that the EU holds its economic and political partner, the Kingdom of Morocco, to account for these.

German association condemns continuous human rights violations in occupied Western Sahara

Berlin, October 20, 2014 (SPS) -  The German association, Liberty for Western Sahara, has condemned the continuous violations of human rights in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, in a statement Sunday.
 
In this context, the association mourned the Sahrawi prominent activist of human rights, member of the committee against torture, who died on September 27th, in the hospital in Dakhla, where he had been prisoner for three years and suffered torture.   
 

Saharawi workers celebrate National Day of Workers

Shaheed Elhafed, October 20, 2014 (SPS) Saharawi workers celebrated Monday the workers’ National Day, which coincides with the operation of detonating the conveyor beltofBucraa phosphate in El Aaiun, on October 20, 1974, to stop the illegal exploitation of Saharawi resources.
 
In a statement, the GeneralUnion of Saguia El Hamra and Rio de Oro (UGTSARIO) expressed its warmest felicitationto all Saharawi workers on this day and its solidarity and support tothe Saharawi workers in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
 

Film on Sahrawi refugees’ situation screened in Brussels

Brussels (Belgium), October 20, 2014 (SPS) - The screening of a film on the situation of the Sahrawi refugees, as part of the Festival of Liberties in Brussels, allowed to raise awareness about the difficult reality and situation in which the Sahrawi people live in the refugee camps and occupied territories, said the Belgian Committee of Support to Sahrawi People.
 

WSRW condemns illegal fishing of Japanese vessels in Saharawi territorial waters

Oslo, October 19, 2014 (SPS) - The Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) has condemned the illegal fishing of three Japanese vessels in the Saharawi territorial waters, asking the Japanese government to intervene to end the fishing in which they have been engaged, in a letter Friday to the Japanese government.
 

HRW calls on UN to expand MINURSO mandate to include human rights

Algiers, October 19, 2014 (SPS) -  The international organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the United Nations to extend the mandate of MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) to include humans rights monitoring in occupied Sahrawi territories  and Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria, said HRW’s report released Saturday in Algiers.
 

Saharawi delegation meets with President of Committee on Women's Issues in EP

Brussels, October 18, 2014 (SPS) - A Saharawi delegation composed of Shaba Saini, Member of the National Parliament, and Mohamed Sidati, Minister of State for Europe, met with Mrs. Iratxe García Pérez, President of the Committee on Women's Issues at the European Parliament.

The meeting addressed the suffering endured by the Saharawi people in the occupied territories of Western Sahara due to the grave human rights violations perpetuated by Moroccan occupying authorities.

Independence of Saharawi people, second item on agenda of Venezuela at UNSC

Caracas, October 18, 2014 (SPS) - The independence of the Saharawi people will appear on the agenda of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela when it takes its post as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council on January 1, 2015, according to a report of “the Universal”.
 
 Venezuela should establish positions on 10 themes, including the independence of the Saharawi people and the recognition of Palestine as a state.
 

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