March 2017

Intergroup Peace for Sahrawi people urges Mogherini to release "Gdeim Izik" prisoners

Brussels, March 31, 2017 (SPS) -The intergroup Peace for the Sahrawi people at the European Parliament urged the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini to intervene to release all Sahrawi prisoners of "Gdeim Izik" group.

Danish activists demonstrate against Siemens Denmark Wind Power illegal investments in occupied Western Sahara

Copenhagen, (Denmark) March 31st, 2017 – Danish activists from the Campaign for free Western Sahara (Frit Vestsahara) and International Forum have organized Thursday demonstrations in various cities in Denmark; Arhus, Alborg and Copenhagen against the illegal investments of Siemens Denmark Branch in the last colony in Africa, Western Sahara.

President of Republic condemns the Moroccan occupier provocation and repression policy

Bir Lehlu, March 30,2017 (SPS) - The President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente POLISARIO, Mr. Brahim Gali, condemned in a message sent yesterday to the Secretary General of the UN, Mr. Antonio Guterres, the policy of provocation and repression exercised by the Moroccan occupant.


Algerian aid to Saharawi refugees purely humanitarian

Algiers, March 30, 2017 (SPS) - The head of the Algerian Red Crescent, Saida Benhabyles, said Wednesday that Algeria's aid to Western Sahara people was purely humanitarian and not politically motivated. 

"In Algeria, we do not exploit ordeals of the others for political purposes," Benhabyles said while supervising the departure of a humanitarian aid caravan to Saharawi refugee camps in Tindouf.

Algeria sends food aid to Sahrawi refugees in Tindouf

Algiers, March 30, 2017 (SPS) - A caravan of food aid set off Wednesday from Algiers to the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf (around 2000-km southwest of Algiers), under the supervision of the Algerian Red Crescent (CRA) in collaboration with the Algerian Muslim Scouts (SMA).

POLISARIO ready to cooperate with UN to relaunch peace process

New York (U.S.A.), March 30, 2017 (SPS) - The Frente POLISARIO is ready to cooperate with the United Nations to relaunch the peace process in Western Sahara, which is on a standstill since 2012 said, Wednesday, its representative to the United Nations Ahmed Boukhari.

Western Sahara: Ladsous briefs Security Council about Minurso

New York, March 29, 2017 (SPS) -The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous briefed Tuesday the Security Council about the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (Minurso), which until now has not regained its full role.

Trial of Sahrawi political prisoners of "Gdeim Izik" Postpones to May 8, 2017

Salé (Morocco), MARCH 28, 2017 (SPS) - The Moroccan occupation court postponed the trial of the Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik until May 08, according to a source in the occupied territories.

The same source said that the court decided to postpone the verdict against Gdeim Izik's group after hearing the allegations of all Saharawi political prisoners.

Balearic Parliament approves a declaration calling for compliance with ECJ ruling on Western Sahara

Madrid, March 28, 2017 (SPS) - The plenary session of the Balearic Parliament (Spain) has approved on Tuesday by the approbation of all groups an institutional declaration calling for "compliance with the judgment of the European Court of Justice on the Western Sahara, dated December 21, 2016.


UNMS takes part in refugees Day at Carlos III Spanish University

Madrid, March 28, 2017 (SPS) - The head of International Relations of the Sahrawi Women Union (UNMS),  Ms.  Jadiyetu El Mojtar participated on Monday in the Conference on refugees organized by Carlos III University of Madrid, where she has presented a paper on refugees and the causes that drive people to flee their countries.


Western Sahara: Morocco once again fails to prevent SADR from participating in AU-UN conference

Dakar (Senegal), 27 March 2017 (SPS) - Saharawi Foreign Ministers Mohamed Salem Ould Salek said Morocco has once again failed to prevent the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) from taking part in the African Union-United Nations partnership conference, to take place in Dakar.

Western Sahara issue on agenda of Security Council meeting Tuesday

New York, 27 March 2017 (SPS) - The United Nations Security Council included the Western Sahara issue on the agenda of its meeting scheduled for Tuesday, in order to review the implementation of the resolution 2285 relating to, notably, the relaunch of negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco, sources told APS on Monday.

Adala UK: alarming increase of repression in demonstrations in Western Sahara

London, 27 March 2017 (SPS) - Last Thursday, 23 March, a group of unemployed individuals demonstrated pacifically in El Aaiun, in the Occupied Territories in Western Sahara. In view of the brutal repression with which the Moroccan forces responded to the demonstrators, Adala UK demands that the Moroccan authorities carry a complete, impartial and independent investigation of the human rights abuses committed and that all liable individuals are brought to justice.

Council of Ministers commends recent decision of AU Peace and Security Council on Saharawi question

Shaheed El-Hafed, March 27, 2017 (SPS) - The Council of Ministers, met Sunday under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, praised the recent decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council on the question of Western Sahara.

Council of Ministers denounces attempts by some UN SC members to undermine peace and security efforts in region

Shaheed El Hafed, March 27, 2017 (SPS) - The Council of Ministers condemned the negative role taken by some memebrs of the UN Security Council to undermine peace and security efforts in the region by supporting the Moroccan colonial thesis and providing protection for the military occupation of Western Sahara.

UN postpones meeting in Dakar after receiving legal opinion that refutes accusations of Morocco and supports position of Saharawi Republic

New York, March 27, 2017 (SPS) - The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa announced Sunday that it would postpone the conference of the African Union-United Nations partnership scheduled to take place in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, after receiving a legal opinion issued by the Commission of the African Union that refutes Moroccan accusations and supports the position of the Saharawi Republic.

President of Republic chairs meeting of Ministers Council

Shaheed El-Hafed, 26 March 2017 (SPS) - President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, chaired Sunday a meeting of the Council of Ministers at the Presidency of the Republic. 

The meeting addressed various issues, notably some legal amendments that can improve the legal system and conduct the public life of citizens.

EUCOCO members express concern about Sahrawi prisoners’ situation

Paris (France), 26 March 2017 (SPS) - Members of the task forces of the European Coordination Conference of support and solidarity with the Sahrawi people (EUCOCO) expressed their concern about the situation of Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group, whose appeal trial opened in Rabat on 13 March.

Ambassador of Algeria in Brussels welcomes position of EP Fishery Commission

Brussels, 26 March 2017 (SPS) - Algeria's ambassador in Brussels, Amar Belani, welcomed the "firm and enlightened" position of the European Parliament's Fisheries Commission after that of European Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, who said a few weeks ago that the EU will now take into account the "separate and distinct" status of the territory of Western Sahara in its exchanges with Morocco on renewable energy.

EU-Morocco agreement on protection of geographical indications "should not apply to products from Western Sahara"

Brussels, 26 March 2017 (SPS) - The agreement between the European Union (EU) and Morocco on the protection of geographical indications and appellations of origin for agricultural products, processed agricultural products, fish and fishery products, "should not apply to products from Western Sahara," recommended the Commission on Fisheries in the European Parliament in a draft opinion for the Committee on International Trade.

AU denounces illegal exploitation of Saharawi resources, urges Morocco to comply with international legality

Addis Ababa, 25 March 2017 (SPS) - Concerning the question of the illegal exploration and exploitation of the natural resources of the Saharawi territory, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) has stressed the "urgency" of finding answers to this question bearing in mind the call made in the report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations of 10 April 2014, to all those involved, in the light of the growing interest in the natural resources of Western S

AU calls on international community to support its efforts to overcome current impasse in Western Sahara

Addis Ababa, 25 March 2017 (SPS) - The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) has called on the United Nations and the international community as a whole to give their full support to African efforts to overcome the current impasse in the process of settling the Western Sahara conflict, noting that it has decided to review the situation on a regular basis in Western Sahara on the basis of updates and recommendations provided by the Chairperson of the AU Commissio

AU calls for immediate engagement in spirit of pan-Africanism to overcome current impasse in Western Sahara

Addis Ababa, 25 March 2017 (SPS) - The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) Called for the immediate engagement of direct and serious talks without preconditions and in accordance with article 4 of the Constitutive Act of the AU to overcome the current impasse in the Western Sahara conflict, affirming that it remains actively seized of the issue.

Sahrawi coordinator with MINURSO reaffirms in Moscow "Sahrawi cause is just"

Moscow, 25 March 2017 (SPS) -The Sahrawi coordinator with the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) M'hamed Khaddad called Friday in Moscow for "strict" compliance with the international legality to allow the people exercise the right to self-determination.

Conflict in Western Sahara: Moscow advocates settlement based on UN resolutions

Moscow, 24 March 2017 (SPS) - Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov underlined Thursday, in Moscow, the need to increase the international community’s coordinated efforts to reach a fair resolution to the conflict in Western Sahara.