March 2017

Moroccan authorities use excessive force against unemployed Sahrawi protesters in occupied El-Auiun

El-Auiun (Occupied Territories), 24 March 2017 (SPS) - Moroccan forces intervened violently Thursday against dozens of unemployed Sahrawis, under the banner of Coordination of Unemployed Sahrawis, who peacefully protested inside a bus to demand their legitimate rights to direct employment and decent living.

President of Republic sends message of condolences to British Prime Minister following the terrorist attack in London

Bir Lehlou, 24 March 2017 (SPS) -  President of the Republic, Secretary-general of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, sent Thursday a message of condolences to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May.

“It is with profound sadness that we learnt about the terror attack at the Palace of Westminster yesterday, which killed three innocent people and injured around 40 others,” said the President of the Republic in his message. 

Grine discusses with Saharawi Minister of Information

Algiers, March 23, 2017 (SPS) - Minister of Communication Hamid Grine met Thursday Saharawi Minister of Information Hamada Salma Daf, with whom he discussed bilateral relations and how to boost them in the information field.

The two officials, who met at the headquarters of the Communication ministry, reviewed the joint action strategy between the two ministries, before examining the last developments of Western Sahara issue.

Western Sahara: Morocco‘s absence from AU Peace, Security Council, a “failure for first test”

Algiers, March 23, 2017 (SPS) - The ambassador of the Sahrawi Democratic Republic (SADR) to Algeria, Bouchraya Hammoudi Bayoune called on the African Union (AU) to invest more in the resolution of the Sahrawi cause, considering that Morocco’s absence from the meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council is “a failure for a first test” following its accession to the African Union.

PSC meets without Morocco, AU calls for end of occupation of Western Sahara

Addis Abeba, March 23, 2017 (SPS) - Saharawi Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Salek said the absence of Morocco at the meeting of the African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC), held Monday in Addis Ababa, did not prevent the AU from maintaining its positions in favour of the settlement of the conflict of Western Sahara, occupied by Morocco since 1975, Saharawi news agency SPS has reported.

President of Republic asks Security Council to assume its responsibility to end, as soon as possible, Moroccan escalation and provocation

New York, March 22, 2017 (SPS) - The President of the Republic , Secretary-General of the Frente POLISARIO, Mr. Brahim Gali, asked the Security Council to assume its responsibility and to end, as soon as possible, the Moroccan escalation policy and provocation.

 

Gali discusses peace process blockade with UK Security Council Presidency

New York, March 21,  2017 (SPS)  - Saharawi President Brahim Gali discussed on Monday in New York the blockade of the peace process in Western Sahara with the British presidency of the Security Council.

 

Brahim Gali meets in New York with 24Committee chairman

New York (UN), March 20,  2017 (SPS) - President of the Republic Brahim Gali met in New York on Monday with the chairman of the UN Special Committee for Decolonization, Me. Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno , With which he addressed the latest developments of the question of Western Sahara.

 

AU PSC Members express surprise at Morocco absence from meeting to discuss Western Sahara issue

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), March 20, 2017 (SPS) - Members of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) have expressed surprise and disappointment at Morocco's deliberate absence from their meeting on Monday in Addis Ababa to discuss the latest developments related to the Western Sahara issue.

South Africa's ANC declares 2017 year of support to Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic

Pretoria (South Africa), 20 March 2017 (SPS) - South Africa's ruling party African National Congress (ANC) pledges Sunday to make of 2017 a year of support to the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) at the African Union (AU) and to intensify efforts in this respect at both continental and international levels, media reported.

Speaker of National Council represents President of Republic in AEP

Port Louis (Mauritius), 19 March, 2017 (SPS) - Speaker of the National Council, Khatri Adduh, arrived Sunday in Port Louis, Mauritius, who will represent the President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, in the Inaugural African Economic Platform (AEP) from 20 - 22 March.

Mr. Khatri Adduh was received at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport by Mauritius Minster of Foreign Affairs Mr. Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo. 

Spain confirms: EU-Morocco trade deal not for Western Sahara goods

London, 19 March 2017 (SPS) - The Spanish government in a statement yesterday confirmed the EU court's judgement that Western Sahara goods are not covered by the EU-Morocco trade deal. Spain states it is up to France to make sure the controversial trade of fish oil from 'Key Bay' vessel was properly tariffed.On 16 March 2017, the Spanish government explicitly stated that products from Western Sahara are not covered by the EU-Morocco trade agreements.

Meeting with UN SG evoked latest developments and party hindering implementation of peace plan (Mhamed Khadad)

New York, 19 March 2017 (SPS) Saharawi Coordinator with MINURSO, Mhamed Khadad, said that the meeting of the Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Ibrahim Ghali, with the new UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, has allowed to inform the latter about the latest developments of the question of Western Sahara and the Moroccan obstacles against the United Nations' efforts to find a just and lasting solution to the last case of decolonization in Africa.

Western Sahara should be able to negotiate a fisheries partnership agreement with the EU

By Linnéa Engström

17 mars 2017

Morocco has no official claim to the waters off Western Sahara, so why, Linnéa Engström asks, should the EU pay Rabat for the right to fish there?

Linnéa Engström is a Swedish Green MEP and first vice-chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries.

Freedom of expression in Western Sahara muzzled by Morocco, denounces British NGO

London, 18 March 2017 (SPS) - The freedom of expression in Western Sahara is muzzled by Morocco which attacks journalists and human rights activists, denounced the British organization for human rights defence in Western Sahara, Adala UK.

The NOG wrote on its website this week that the Moroccan regime persecutes and imprisons journalists because of their political opinions, the same false charges for which human rights defenders are accused.

President of Republic reiterates adherence to struggle for self-determination and independence

New York, 18 March 2017 (SPS) – President of Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, has reaffirmed the Sahrawi people’s adherence, under the leadership of its sole and legitimate representative the polisario Front, to its just struggle for self-determination and independence

President of Republic meets with UN Secretary-General

New York, 18 March 2017 (SPS) – President of Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, met Saturday in New York with United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.

President of Republic arrives in New York for talks with UN Secretary-General

New York, 17 March 2017 (SPS) -  President of Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, arrived Wednesday in New York, on a visit for several days, during which he meets with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, according to a source close to the presidential delegation.

The President of the Republic is expected to meet with United Nations officials during this visit, especially at the level of the UN Security Council.

Protest against illegal plundering of Western Saharan resources

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, March 17, 2017 (SPS) - The Canarian Association of Solidarity with the Saharawi People organizes today  a series of activities to protest against the Canarian companies that continue to participate in the looting of Saharawi natural resources since the beginning of the Moroccan occupation.

Danish Parliament interpellates its Government about Crans Montan Forum’s meeting in occupied Western Sahara

Copenhagen (Denmark) 16 March 2017 (SPS) – The member of Danish Parliament, Mr. Christian Juhl from the Red-Green Alliance Party through the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has raised Tuesday various questions to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.

Danish Organisation Afrika Kontakt urges Morocco to release Saharawi Gdeim Izik group

Copenhagen (Denmark) 16 March 2017(SPS) – In Press release issued Tuesday by the Danish Organisation Afrika Kontakt has urged the Moroccan Government to release the Saharawi Gdeim Izik group.


Sidati urges EU to intervene for “immediate, unconditional” release of “Gdeim Izik” prisoners

Brussels, March 16, 2017 (SPS) - Sahrawi deputy minister for Europe Mohamed Sidati urged Wednesday the European Union (EU) to intervene to  contribute to the “immediate and unconditional” release of the Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik group.

Sahrawi Cooperation Minister is received by valencia mayor city

Valencia, March 15, 2017 - (SPS) - Minister of Cooperation, Mr. Bulahi Mohamed Fadel Sid was received on Tuesday by the mayor of the city of Valencia, Joan Ribo accompanied by the Minister of Participation and Cooperation, Manuel Alcaraz . The meeting also included representatives of the Federation of associations of aid to the Saharawi people.

 

Saharawi prisoners trial: French Mayor voices dismay over lack of fairness

Paris (France), March 15, 2017 - Mayor of Saint-Denis (Paris suburb) Laurent Russier on Tuesday expressed "consternation with the lack of fairness in the trial of 24 Saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group, which opened Monday in Rabat, Morocco.

"I express my dismay over the lack of fairness in the trial and reiterate my commitment to human rights issues and the right to peoples' self-determination," the French mayor said.

Danish Parliament interpellates its Government about Morocco’s trail of the Saharawi Gdeim Izik group

Copenhagen (Denmark) 15 March 2017 – The member of Danish Parliament, Mr. Christian Juhl from the Red-Green Alliance Party through the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has raised Tuesday various questions to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Anders Samuelsen related to the trial of the 24 Saharawi human rights activists of Gdeim Izik Group in Sale in Morocco.

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