April 2017

Situation of Saharawi refugees: forgotten crisis by EU

Brussels, 9 April 2017 (SPS) - According to the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Service (ECHO), total EU funding for humanitarian aid to Sahrawi refugees was only € 9 million in 2016, compared to € 10 million in the past.

However, the European Commission has described the situation of these refugees as a "forgotten crisis" because of the limited funds allocated to them by the international community.

EU aid to Sahrawi refugees in line with humanitarian principles

Brussels, 9 April 2017 (SPS) -  The achievement in 2015 of major projects funded by the European Union (EU) as part of humanitarian aid to Sahrawi refugees in the five camps near Tindouf has entailed, in 2016, a downward revision of this aid, which nevertheless remains in line with humanitarian principles, affirmed European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides.

Polisario Front participates in 39th Congress of Swedish Socialist Party

Gothenburg (Sweden), 8 April 2017 (SPS) - A delegation of the Polisario Front has taken part in the 39th Congress of the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SPD), which kicked off Saturday in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, in the presence of more than 4,000 delegates and 30 parties from different continents.

Sahrawi political prisoner Abdel-Khaliq al-Markhi isolated in prison clinic

Guelmim (South of Morocco) 8 April 2017 (SPS) - The Sahrawi Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in the city of Guelmim, South of Morocco, reported that the family of the Sahrawi political prisoner, Secretary-General of the Committee, Abdel-Khaliq al-Markhi, informed that their son was isolated Friday in a clinic by the Bouzkarn prison administration, without knowing the real motives of this action.

Western Sahara Conflict: "the key to the solution is in Europe"

Nanterre (Ile-de-France), April 8, 2017 (SPS) - The Saharawi Coordinator with the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), M'hamed Kheddad, said Thursday in Nanterre that "the key to the solution to the conflict in Western Sahara is in Europe."

President of Republic chairs meeting of monitoring committee on situation of prisoners of Gdeim Izik

Shaheed El Hafed, April 8, 2017 (SPS) - President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the POLISARIO Front, Brahim Gali, chaired Friday a meeting of the Monitoring Committee on the situation of Saharawi political prisoners (Gdeim Izik's group).

The President of the Republic praised during the meeting the resistance and defiance shown by Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik throughout the phases of the farce trial.

Sydney University hosts conference on Western Sahara

Sydney (Australia), April 7, 2017 (SPS) - April 07, 2017 (SPS) - The Australian University of Sydney hosted a scientific conference on Western Sahara issue under the theme "Challenges, hopes and next stages of struggle for self-determination.”

President of Republic Sends Congratulations to President-Elect of Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, April 7, 2017 (SPS) - The President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente POLISARIO, Brahim Gali, sent a congratulatory message to the President-elect of the Republic of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno Garcés, for his victory in the elections of last Sunday.

Clear all mines from Western Sahara (Free Western Sahara campaign)

Copenhagen (Denmark), April 4, 2017 (SPS) - Free Western Sahara campaign in Denmark (Frit Vestsahara) issued Tuesday a statement calling for clearing all mines from Western Sahara, on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The statement reads as follow:

Western Sahara: renewal of MINURSO mandate scheduled for 27 April

New York (U.S.A), April 05, 2017 (SPS) -  The Security Council will extend, on 27 April, the MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) mandate, an adoption that will be preceded, on Friday, by the presentation of the UN Secretary General’s report on Western Sahara said Monday, the United Nations body.