March 2017

Western Sahara: Messahel hopes that UN Secretary General will give new impetus to decolonization process

Algiers, March 14, 2017 (SPS) - Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel expressed the hope that the new Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres will give a new impetus to the decolonization process in Western Sahara.

“The UN process for the peaceful settlement of the Sahrawi cause is currently at a deadlock,” said Messahel, the guest of the National Television programme “Hiwar Essaa.”

Morocco must release the Saharawi Gdeim Izik group (Member of Danish Parliament)

Copenhagen, (Denmark) March 14th, 2017 (SPS) - In Press release issued Tuesday by the Danish Member of Parliament from the Red-Green Alliance Party (Enhedslisten) development Spokesman, Mr. Christian Juhl has urged the Moroccan Government to release the innocent Saharawi human rights activists of Gdeim Izik group.

Western Sahara: Lamamra calls for EU to act in conformity with international law

Brussels (Belgium), March 14 2017 (SPS) - The minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra called Monday, in Brussels (Belgium), for the European Union to act  concerning the western Sahara issue “in conformity with international law and the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).”

"Morocco must collaborate with Christopher Ross's successor and respect its international commitments" (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Algeria, March 14,  2017  (SPS) - Foreign Minister and member of the National Secretariat, Mohamed Salem Uld Salek, said Monday at a press conference in Algiers that Morocco should collaborate with Christopher's successor Ross and to respect its international commitments which had accepted and signed.


Rabat resumes trial of Saharawi political prisoners of "Gdeim Izik group"

Rabat, March 13, 2017 (SPS) The trial of the Saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group resumed on Monday in Rabat against calls for their "immediate and unconditional" release.

The resumption of the trial of the Saharawi militants comes at a time when a campaign of support and international solidarity is being conducted in favor of the prisoners unjustly condemned by a military tribunal.

President of Republic calls on UN Secretary General to intervene for "immediate" release of Saharawi political prisoners

Bir-Lehlu, 13 March 2017 (SPS) - The President of the Republic, Secretqry-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, has called on the new UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in order to intervene urgently for the immediate and unconditional release of Saharawi political prisoners, in particular the group of Gdeim Izik, who are due to appear before the Moroccan court in Rabat on Monday.

Danish Free Western Sahara Campaign urges Morocco to free release the Saharawi Gdeim Izik group

Copenhagen, (Denmark) March 13th, 2017(SPS) - In Press release issued today by the Danish Free Western Sahara Campaign (Frit Vest Sahara) has urged the Moroccan authorities to free release the Saharawi innocent human rights activists of Gdeim Izik group.

The Danish Free Western Sahara Campaign (Frit Vest Sahara) further said:

Sahrawi government condemns terrorist bombings in Syrian capital

Bir-Lehlu, March 12, 2017 (SPS) - Saharawi government has condemned the terrorist bombings on Saturday that targeted innocent people in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and according to initial reports killed 74 people and wounded more than 120.

In a statement of the Ministry of Information on Sunday, the government expressed condolences and solidarity with the Syrian people, the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic, and the families of the victims.

Moroccan authorities besiege court place where trial of Gdeim Izik prisoners will take place

Rabat (Morocco), March 12, 2017 (SPS) – The Moroccan authorities started Sunday morning putting iron barricades around the court where the trial of Gdeim Izik prisoners will take place. 

Many vehicles surrounded the places where the families of Gdeim Izik prisoners and their sympathizer stay. 

Algerian military delegation received in Wilaya of Smara

Wilaya of Samara (Refugee Camps), March 12, 2017 (SPS) -  The people and authorities in the Wilaya of Smara, Sahrawi refugee camps, received Saturday an Algerian military delegation led by General Major Saïd Chengriha, Commander of the 3rd Region.

CEAS-SÁHARA holds annual conference

Zaragoza (Spain), March 12, 2017 (SPS) - Spanish Coordination of Solidarity Associations with the Saharawi People (CEAS-SÁHARA) held Saturday the 11th annual conference attended, in addition to the Spanish committees of solidarity and friendship the Sahrawi people, by the representatives of the Polisario Front in the provinces of Madrid, Andalusia and Aragon and all arena Spanish.

Rally before Moroccan consulate in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in solidarity with political prisoners of Gdeim Izik

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 11 March 2017 (SPS) - The Saharawi delegation in the Canary Islands announced a rally will take place on Monday before the Moroccan consulate in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in solidarity with Sahrawi Political prisoners of Gdeim Izik.

Conference on Saharawi women held in Madrid

Madrid, 11 March 2017 (SPS) - A conference on the struggle of Saharawi women in the camps, occupied territories and diaspora was held yesterday at the center of Women and Equality of the City Council of Getafe, Madrid, at the initiative of the RedMamsa (Madrid Network for Support to Saharawi Women)

Prime Minister receives delegation of International Union of Jurists

Complex of Hussein Tamek, 11 March 2017 (SPS) - Prime Minister, Abdelkader Taleb Omar, received Friday a delegation of the International Union of Jurists, in presence of Minister of Information, Mr Hamada Salma, and President of the Constitutional Council, Mr. Mohamed Buzeid.

Exploitation of Western Sahara’s natural resources: Polisario calls on EU to open discussions

Brussels, 10 March 2017 (SPS) - The Polisario Front calls on the European Commission to open discussions to make legal the presence of the European economic players in Western Sahara in accordance with the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), warning that if not, the Front will act with determination to impose the full implementation of the law.

Special Envoy of President of Republic received in Nouakchott by President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz

Nouakchott (Mauritania), 10 March 2017 (SPS) - The Saharawi coordinator with the UN mission for the referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Mhamed Khadad, was received on Thursday by Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, to whom he handed a message from President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali.

Gdeim Izik prisoners: Amnesty International calls for fair trial

London, March 10, 2017 (SPS) - International human rights organization, Amnesty International calls for a "fair trial" for the Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik, held arbitrary by the Moroccan occupation authorities.

The trial of 24 Sahrawis, to take place on 13 March in a civilian court, "is an opportunity to redress the numerous violations that tainted their fundamentally flawed military trial in 2013," said the AI in a statement.

Alfonso Dastis reaffirms Spain support to Sahrawi people’s self-determination

Algiers, March 09, 2017 (SPS) -  Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso Dastis on Wednesday  reaffirmed his country’s support to the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination, recalling that Spain has a "historical and emotional" connection with occupied Western Sahara people.

Illegal exploitation of Western Sahara resources: MEPs voice concern

Brussels (Belgium), March 09, 2017 (SPS) - The illegal exploitation of natural resources in western Sahara after the European Union Court of Justice (EUCJ) ruled on the matter has sparked concerns among the members of the EU Parliament (MEPs).

The MEPs called on the European Commission to publish the "consultative guidelines" for the attention of companies about the legal risks of disregarding EUCJ's decision.

Gdeim Izik case: Lawyers defending Sahrawi prisoners denounce "sham trial"

Paris, March 09, 2017 (SPS) -The lawyers defending Sahrawi political prisoners, condemned by a Moroccan military tribunal, on Tuesday denounced a "sham trial", which will resume on next Monday in Rabat in a civil tribunal.  

UNMS presents a conference at Free University of Colombia on human rights situation in OO TT

Bogotá, March 07, 2017 (SPS) -The head of International Relations of the UNMS has presented a conference at the free university of Colombia on the human rights situation in the occupied Western Sahara by Morocco.

The conference took place on Friday, March 3 and was attended by Dr. Dean, Mr. Carlos Arturo Hernández Díaz, the director of the Department of Socials, Don. Néstor Barón, Deputy Dean Hernando Peña and teachers of this university.

President of Republic hopes Donald Trump administration will speeding up democratic solution in Western Sahara

Algiers, March 6, 2017 (SPS) – President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, has expressed hope that the US current administration led by Donald Trump will contribute in accelerating a just, lasting and democratic solution in Western Sahara, through the urgent application of the UN and AU settlement plan in 1991.

President of Republic congratulates his Ghanaian counterpart on 60th Anniversary of Independence

Acraa (Ghana), March 6, 2017 (SPS) - President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, sent a congratulatory message to his Ghanaian counterpart Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akofo-Addo, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Ghana, the first independent country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Standoff in Guerguerat should not mask the root of the problem which is the Western Sahara conflict (Deputy Minister for Europe)

Luxembourg, March 5, 2017 (SPS) - Deputy Minister for Europe, Mohamed Sidati, has affirmed in an interview with Euronews Chanel “the standoff in Guerguerat occurred because Morocco violated the cease-fire by crossing the wall” and “tensions had been growing, but that should not mask the root of the problem which is the Western Sahara conflict.”

Below is the text of the full interview:

41st anniversary of first Sahrawi government: Four decades of fight for independence

Bir Lahlou (Liberated Territories), March 5, 2017 (SPS) -The Sahrawi people are celebrating on Sunday the 41st anniversary of the foundation of the first Sahrawi government, with the resolution of pursuing the fight to recover their land from the Moroccan occupier.