March 2019

His Holiness Pope Francis is called to exhort King of Morocco to respect will of Sahrawi people

Shaheed Alhafed (Refugee Camps), March 31, 2019 (SPS) – The organisations of Sahrawi civil society has addressed a letter to His Holiness Pope Francis, calling on him to exhort the King of Morocco to abide by the international legality and law and respect the will and rights of the people of Western Sahara.

Below is the full text of the letter addressed to His Holiness Pope Francis by the organisations of Sahrawi Civil society:

Sahrawi News Agency celebrates its 20th anniversary

Shaheed Alhafed, March 29, 2019 (SPS) - The Ministry of Information on Friday celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Sahrawi News Agency, Sahara Press Service (SPS), on March 29, in the presence of members of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front, government, journalists of the Ministry of Information, and relevant bodies.

Sahrawi political prisoner Embarak Daoudi released after years of unjust imprisonment

El Aaiun (Occupied Territories), March 28, 2019 (SPS) - Sahrawi political prisoner Embarak Daoudi was freed on Thursday following expiration of unjust sentence issued against him five years ago by the Moroccan occupation authorities.

SADC and international community express unwavering solidarity with Western Sahara

REPORT from Southern African Development Community Published on 26 Mar 2019

26th March, 2019, Pretoria, South Africa: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 25-26 March, 2019 convened a Solidarity Conference with Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic/Western Sahara where participants expressed their unwavering commitment to stand in solidarity with the people of Western Sahara to attain their right to freedom and self-determination.

Pretoria Conference: Lamamra welcomes SADC States' support to Saharawi cause

Pretoria (South Africa), March 26, 2019 (SPS) – Algerian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra welcomed Tuesday, in Pretoria, the commitment by the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in favour of Western Sahara cause, stressing that the conference of solidarity with the Saharawi people is a timely and relative initiative.

SADC Summit: President of Republic received by his South African counterpart

Pretoria, March 26, 2019 (SPS) -  President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, received Tuesday morning by President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, as part of the reception of Heads of State participating in SADC Summit of Solidarity with the Sahrawi Republic.

Ramaphosa to address SADC solidarity conference in Pretoria

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver his welcome address at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) solidarity conference with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic or Western Sahara, which will be held in Pretoria on Tuesday.

According to the presidency, the conference follows a decision taken at the 37th Summit of the SADC heads of state and government, held in Pretoria in 2017 to convene the Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara.

SADC Solidarity Conference confirms support for Western Sahara

Opinion / 25 March 2019, 09:00am / LUWELLYN LANDERS

On Monday and Tuesday the Southern African Development Community will convene a Solidarity Conference with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in Tshwane.

The conference will confirm the region’s support for the decolonisation of the occupied territory and for the holding of a referendum on self-determination for the Saharawi people.

President of Republic arrives in Pretoria to participate in SADC solidarity conference with Western Sahara

Pretoria (South Africa), March 25, 2019 (SPS) - President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente POLISARIO, Brahim Ghali, arrived Sunday evening in South Africa to take part in the SADC Conference of Solidarity with the Sahrawi people, organized from 25 to 26 March, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of South Africa.

Morocco failing at attempts to scupper SADC solidarity conference

Opinion / 24 March 2019, 09:01am / Shannon Ebrahim - The Global Spotlight

It seems Morocco has tried everything to deflect attention from the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Solidarity Conference with the people of Western Sahara, due to take place in Pretoria on Monday and Tuesday.

Decolonization issue dependent on self-determination

Bir Lahlou (Liberated Territories), March 24, 2019 (SPS) - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, said on Sunday that the right to self-determination is the fundamental principle of contemporary international law, signed by the Sahrawi side and Morocco in 1991.

South Africa to host conference on occupied Western Sahara

Pretoria, March 24, 2019 (SPS) - South Africa will host the SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara, scheduled for 25 to 26 March 2019 in Pretoria. The conference will be in support of Sahrawi people’s right to freedom and self-determination.

The 38th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of SADC, held on August 2018, approved the convening of a solidarity conference.

Nearly 200 NGOs denounce Mbarek Daoudi’s detention conditions

Geneva, March 24, 2019 (SPS) - Nearly 200 NGOs denounced on Friday detention conditions of Sahrawi human rights defender Mbarek Daoudi, despite the opinion made by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Last August, the working group on arbitrary detention of the UN Human Rights Council adopted an opinion regarding the detention of Mbarek Daoudi.

Only with the approval of the Sahrawi people can a solution be enduring and foster a genuine peace (Polisario Front)

Geneva, March 22, 2019 (SPS) – The Polisario Front has confirmed in a statement on Friday, March 22, that “only with the approval of the Sahrawi people can a solution be enduring and foster a genuine peace that paves the way for a free, prosperous, and democratic Western Sahara, which will contribute to regional peace, stability, security and integration.”

Below is a full read of the text of the statement:

End of roundtable on Western Sahara: Delegations called for another round

Geneva (Palais des Nations), March 23, 2019 (SPS) - The delegations of the parties in conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front and, the neighboring countries, Algeria and Mauritania, were called Friday to a new roundtable on the conflict in occupied Western Sahara.

Settlement of Sahrawi question: We hope for more concrete measures and more significant progress, says Lamamra

Bursins (Vaud, Switzerland), March 23, 2019 (SPS) - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra hoped on Friday in Bursins that "more concrete" measures and "more significant" progress will support the effort of UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Kohler.

Western Sahara’s people need that conflict ends

Geneva, March 23, 2019 (SPS) - UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Kohler affirmed Friday, in Geneva, that Western Sahara’s people “need and deserve that this conflict ends,” insisting on reaching a “compromise.”

Resolving Sahrawi conflict depends on Morocco’s respect for UN resolutions

Paris, March 23, 2019 (SPS) - Representative of the Polisario Front to France Oubi Boucheraya Bachir affirmed that the progress of the negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario Front, which started Thursday in Geneva, under the aegis of the United Nations on the settlement of the Sahrawi conflict, depends on the willingness of the Moroccan occupation regime to respect the United Nations’ resolutions guaranteeing the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination.

2nd round table on Western Sahara, “additional” step in conflict resolution process

Geneva, March 23, 2019 (SPS) - The second round table on Western Sahara, scheduled for Thursday and Friday near Geneva, is an “additional” step in the conflict resolution process, said the United Nations on Wednesday.

President of Republic congratulates Namibian counterpart on his National Day

Bir lehlu (liberated territories), March  21, 2019 (SPS) - The President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente POLISARIO, Brahim Gali, sent a congratulatory message to his counterpart of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Mr. Hage Geingob, during the celebration of his country's 29th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Namibia.

POLISARIO negotiating team meets UN envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler

Geneva (Switzerland) March 21, 2019 (SPS) – the negotiating team of the Frente POLISARIO has met with the UN envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, to finalize the preparations for the second round table with Morocco in Geneva, Switzerland.

SADR condemns terrorist attack in Mali

Bir Lehlu (SADR Liberated Territories), March 14, 2019 (SPS) - the President of the Republic, Brahim Gali, conveyed Tuesday his condolences to HE, Mr. Brahim Boubacar Keita, President of the Republic of Mali following the  military victims of the terrorist attack on Diouram military base

President Brahim Gali sends messages of solidarity to his counterparts in Mozambique and Zimbabwe for cyclone Idai

Bir Lehlu (SADR Liberated Territories), March 14, 2019 (SPS) - the President of the Republic, Brahim Gali, sent Tuesday messages to the presidents of Mozambique and Zimbabwe, SSEE Filipe Nyussi and Emmerson Mnangagwa, in which he expressed his deep sorrow for the victims of cyclone Idai that hit those African nations.