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South African President reiterates his country’s support to Sahrawi Republic

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa received, in Pretoria, Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Salem Ould Salek where he reiterated “his country’s traditional support to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in its legitimate struggle for territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
On the occasion of this meeting, Ould Salek handed over to President Cyril Ramaphosa a message from his Sahrawi counterpart Brahim Ghali.
Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs was accompanied by SADR’s ambassador to South Africa al-Bechir Essaghir.
SADR is taking part in a two-day Japanese-African Economic Forum which kicked off Thursday in Pretoria, added the source.  (SPS)

Morocco decides to break off relations with Iran to gain some parties’ support

Sahrawi ambassador to Algiers Abdelkader Taleb Omar said Friday that Morocco’s decision to break off its diplomatic relations with Iran under a “fictitious pretext was an evidence of its biased for a given side to gain its support and protection” from any possible decision concerning Western Sahara.
In a reply to a question on the decision of Rabat to break off the diplomatic relations with Teheran under the pretext that Iran supports the Polisario Front- according to the statement of the head of the Moroccan diplomacy Nacer Bourita, the Sahrawi ambassador underlined that “Morocco which has recently said that the empty-chair policy and the breaking off of the diplomatic relations were pointless, takes today an opposite position.”
After calling for its membership of the African Union and reestablishing its diplomatic relations with Cuba while knowing that these parties support the Polisario Front, Morocco adopts today an opposite position by breaking off its diplomatic relations with …

Polisario Front must be consulted on every fishing agreement that may include territorial waters of Western Sahara (Swedish Minister)

Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs, Sven-Erik Bucht, has affirmed that the Polisario Front, as the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people, should be consult on every fishing agreement that may include the territorial waters of Western Sahara.
This came in response to a written question addressed by Swedish MP from Swedish Democratic Party, Bjorn Soder, to the Minister for the European Union and trade, in which he demanded clarifications on the mandate granted by the Council of Europe on April 16, to the Union Commission, to begin negotiations with Morocco on the renewal of the agreement on fishing and the position of Sweden.
The Minister replied that Sweden was the only country to vote on February 19, against granting the European Commission authorization to open negotiations with Morocco on the renewal of the fishing protocol, which was supported by the European Court ruling on February 27, which nullified any agreement between the EU and Morocco that might include Wester…

Iran’s alleged support to Polisario Front: Moroccan allegations emanate from “cynical political opportunism”

Sahrawi Minister for Europe Mohamed Sidati described Friday the Moroccan allegations on a so-called military support of Iran to the Polisario Front via Lebanese Hezbollah as “cynical political opportunism” aimed at “undermining the United Nations’ efforts” for the settlement of the conflict in Western Sahara.
“Morocco’s accusations emanate from a cynical political opportunism aimed at undermining the efforts of the United Nations,” he told APS.
Mohamed Sidati who “categorically” denied any military presence of any foreign strength alongside the Sahrawi people’s liberation army, pointed out that these allegations “the last of a series of provocative and unfounded assertions,” are meant to “discredit the Polisario Front and hijack the peace process in Western Sahara.”
“Morocco tries to take advantage of the current international trends in an attempt to strengthen its illegal occupation of Western Sahara,” he added, underlining that “there is no evidence to support Morocco’s unfounded c…

Sahrawi Republic participates in the Japan-Africa Public Private Economic Forum in South Africa

The Saharawi Republic has participated Thursday in the work of  the Japan-Africa Public Private Economic Forum at the Sandton Convention Centre.
The Japan-Africa Public Private Economic Forum, hosted by South Africa, is organised by the government of Japan and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and is scheduled to take place from the 3rd to the 4th May 2018.
The Forum, to be attended by business executives and representatives of government from African countries and Japan, is held in Africa with a view to accelerating the promotion of private sector-led economic growth by encouraging networking among African and Japanese companies.
The delegation is led by Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, Minister of Foreign Affairs, accompanied by Mr. Bachir Al Saghir, Ambassador of the Sahrawi Republic in South Africa and Mr. Mami Brrahim, Counselor of the Sahrawi Embassy in the host country.SPS

STATEMENT OF THE FRENTE POLISARIO ON UNSG REPORT

The Frente POLISARIO takes note with satisfaction of the Report of the UN Secretary-General (S/2018/277) submitted to the Security Council on 29 March 2018. The Report clearly refutes all the false allegations and unfounded claims made by Morocco for propaganda purposes regarding alleged violations of the ceasefire by the Frente POLISARIO. On Human Rights, the Report provides a good indication of Morocco’s violation of the human rights of the Sahrawis in the occupied territory, including the Gdeim Izik trial, and highlights the respect for and promotion of human rights by the Frente POLISARIO in the Sahrawi refugee camps. Interestingly, the Report acknowledges that human rights concerns are linked to the non-realisation of the right to self-determination, albeit in the context of the human rights of the Sahrawi refugees. The Report also underscores the necessity for and importance of independent, impartial, and sustained monitoring of human rights for the people of Western Sahara. On …

The Head of State reiterates SADR commitment to the application of African Free Trade Area Treaty

The President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Secretary General of the Frente POLISARIO, Brahim Gali, affirmed in Kigali, the SADR's willingness to work together with the rest of members of the African Union, to apply the Treaty of the African Free Trade Area and the Protocol of Kigali, on the promotion of economic integration within the continent.The head of the State, said in his speech to the Summit, that both the Treaty and the technical protocols reflect the will of the leaders and peoples of Africa, to fulfill the objectives of the 2063 Agenda, as well as to put an end to conflicts and all kinds of colonialism on the continent.In this regard, Brahim Gali thanked the community institutions for the preparation of the treaties, as well as the president of Rwanda, Paul Cagame, for hosting this important extraordinary summit, which will lead to a new level of integration within the African bloc.It should be recalled that the SADR, signed Wednesday, the three treat…

“Morocco’s membership to AU, recognition of Sahrawi reality,” says Gali

Sahrawi President Brahim Ghali affirmed Tuesday, in Smara, that “Morocco has to be convinced that its membership to the African Union alongside the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is in itself a recognition of the Sahrawi reality.”In his speech on the occasion of the festivities of the 42nd anniversary of SADR proclamation, the secretary general of the Polisario Front said that Morocco must “learn the lesson and recognize the fact that its membership to the African Union, alongside SADR, is in itself a recognition of the undeniable Sahrawi reality.”“The kingdom of Morocco must accept that Africa never tolerates any form of colonialism in the continent,” said President Ghali, adding that it (Morocco) “shouldn’t expect that Africa gives up one day the fundamental principles on which the African Union is based or tolerates any part trying to undermine its unity and cohesion and to play with its rules and principles.”Ghali invited Morocco to “realize, in the same way as the other members…

South Africa renews its support for the Sahrawi people's just struggle

South Africa renewed its steadfast stand on the side of the Saharawi people and their just cause, said the head of the political affairs of the Embassy of South Africa in Algeria and the Saharawi Republic.“Our participation at this event and all other events marking the anniversary is in keeping South Africa’s principled position on the Sahrawi People’s inalienable right of self-determination and independence as provided for by international law. As beneficiaries of international solidarity during the dark days of Apartheid, we here to pledge our continued sipport and solidariry with you “he saidHe added that "our participation in this event is a message to the world that we support this issue, which we consider a reference to the fight against colonialism in the African continent."
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Frente POLISARIO expresses its satisfaction at ECJ decision, which excludes Western Sahara from the fishing agreement between Morocco and EU

The Frente POLISARIO expressed its satisfaction with the European Court of Justice ruling today, which excludes the territorial waters of Western Sahara from the fishing agreement between Morocco and the European Union.POLISARIO, in accordance with the decision of the European Court of Justice, called on all vessels fishing in the territorial waters of Western Sahara to withdraw immediately from their positions.It also called on EU to stop all funding in Western Sahara under its agreements with Morocco, calling on him to immediately start negotiations with the Frente POLISARIO, the legitimate and sole representative of the Saharawi people to prepare legal fishing agreements.Frente POLISARIO will undertake all legal procedures, including legal proceedings and appeals on the responsibilities of the European Union, to recover all the money it had paid to Morocco over the past decades under their bilateral agreements. He considered that the decision of the European Court today is the grea…

UK knife crime takes toll on black teenagers

Knife crime in the UK is taking a toll on young black men, who are disproportionately being stabbed and killed in the capital, official statistics show.According to police figures, knife crime rose by more than a fifth in the UK last year, with a third of the recorded 37,443 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument taking place in London.Black and minority ethnic teenage boys and men were disproportionately affected, as both victims and perpetrators, the city mayor's office revealed."I recognise that there is a disproportionate number of young black males that are getting stabbed and unfortunately being killed," Nicholas Davies, London police chief superintendent, told Al Jazeera."The gangs don't necessarily follow racial groups, some can be very multicultural, but as a rule we're finding the biggest threat to a young black male is indeed a young black male."Jonas' grieving father told Al Jazeera that "people are being tight-lipped" …

UN delays vote on Syria ceasefire as death toll climbs to 500

As the death toll in Syria's Eastern Ghouta surpasses 470, a UN Security Council vote on a draft resolution seeking a 30-day ceasefire across the country has been postponed until later on Saturday.The vote had already been delayed several times, as council members tried to convince Russia to agree to a resolution. More than 500 people, including 123 children, have been killed in the Damascus suburb since Sunday, according to UK-based The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).AdvertisementAnother 2,400 people have been wounded, SOHR said on Saturday. Dozens of other people were missing "under the rubble", it added, as Russian-backed Syrian forces continued their aerial assault on the rebel-held enclave, home to some 400,000 people.Eastern Ghouta is the last remaining rebel-held area east of Damascus and has been under siege by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces since 2013.The draft UNSC resolution, sponsored by Kuwait and Sweden, is aimed at implementing a…

Death of Mohamed El Ayoubi: President of Republic calls on UN SG for mechanism for protection of Sahrawi civilians in occupied territories

(SPS) - The President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front Brahim, Brahim Ghali, has sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, to draw his attention to the serious violations of human rights committed by the Moroccan regime against the defenseless Sahrawi civilians, especially human rights defenders and political prisoners in the Moroccan prisons.The President of the Republic reminded Mr. Guterres of the death of Mohamed El Ayoubi, one of the 24 prisoners of Gdeim Izik group, who died on February 21, in the occupied city of El-Aaiun, because of the harsh conditions and mistreatment in Moroccan prisons, blaming responsibility of his death on the Moroccan state.In this context, the President of the Republic stressed the need for the creation of a UN mechanism for the protection of human rights in Western Sahara to end this inhuman situation caused by the Moroccan illegal occupation and its practices that occur in the absence of pressure from the i…

Saharawi Delegation received by SADC Group of Ambassadors in Brussels

(SPS) - The Saharawi Minister for Europe, Mr. Mohamed Sidati and POLISARIO Representative to Belgium, Mr. Abba Malainin met Thursday with Southern African Development Community (SADC) group of Ambassadors based in Brussels at the Embassy of South Africa.The Saharawi delegation briefed the SADC Ambassadors about the latest developments related to the U.N. peace process in Western Sahara and the illegal EU-Morocco trade agreements that do not exclude Western Sahara, the last Colony in Africa in crystal clear contradiction with the European Court of a Justice ruling (ECJ) 2016, which said that “Western Sahara is separate and distinct to Morocco and that EU-Morocco trade agreements cannot be applicable in Western Sahara”.The EU-Morocco trade agreements prolong the illegal occupation, reinforce Morocco’s intransigence, and obstruct the U.N. peaceful efforts in Western Sahara to achieve fair and lasting solution respecting the right to self-determination for the people of Western Sahara.SA…

Morocco must open a thorough investigation into death of tortured prisoner

Mohamed Al-Ayoubi, a human rights activist, died today 21-02-2018 in a clinic in Rabat due to torture he suffered. He was one of the prisoners who has suffered most torture whilst in the custody of the Moroccan authorities. He suffered torture during his detention and in the prison, where he was held.Mohamed Al-Ayoubi was detained on 8 November 2010 when the Gdeim Izik protest camp near El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara, was dismantled by the Moroccan army, police and auxiliary forces.Mohamed stated that he was tortured through beatings, sleep-deprivation, and cigarette burns on his body among other things. He was also sexually abused with sticks and choked with sponges soaked in urine.Later, Mohamed was formally detained and transferred to Salé 2 prison. Here he also suffered mal-treatment. In addition to torture and sexual abuse, he was held in solitary confinement. As a result of the torture he experienced, he was left in a critical state and had to be transferred to…

Plundering of Sahrawi natural resources: Euro-MPs, international trade unionists express “deep concern”

(SPS) - The participants in the conference “trade unionists and solidarity with Western Sahara” organized Monday and Tuesday at the European Parliament in Brussels expressed their “deep concern” over the continuing plundering of Western Sahara’s natural resources, calling on EU and its institutions to “clearly condemn” any illegal exploitation of these resources.In a conference organized at the initiative of the European left, the participants urged EU, its member States and all the international companies and entities to “ensure that the agreements on international trade with Morocco wouldn’t violate the international law, the humanitarian law and the international human rights agreements “in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.”The European deputies and international trade unionists who took part in this two-day meeting called on EU and its member States to exert pressure on Morocco to “stop the plundering of Western Sahara’s natural resources.”They called on the Union’s memb…

While Morocco rejects AU role, Gutiérrez affirms African crises must be resolved by African leaders

(SPS) - The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said on Monday at a press conference after being awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Lisbon that the African crises must be resolved by African leaders.Guterres said he is "a great defender of African leadership" to solve the problems affecting the continent and that "the United Nations should be a focus of support for African initiatives."These declarations of Guterres are a strong message for Morocco that rejects until now the implication of the African Union in the Sahrawi conflict, considering that the conflict must not leave the framework of the UN Security Council, where France sits, unconditional ally of Morocco and one of the members with the right to veto."We have a clear vision of partnership with African institutions in the United Nations, we have a great cooperative relationship with the African Union, and we are doing the same with sub-regional organizations such as th…

South African Minister of Science and Technology renews her country's firm position and supports to Sahrawi people right

(SPS) - Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Naledi Pandor, renewed on Tuesday her country's solid support of the struggling Saharawi people, she minister was speaking in parliament yesterday during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address delivered last Friday. Ramaphosa is expected to respond later today.The South African official urged urged that Western Sahara – the last occupied territory on the continent – should not be neglected.“Now that Morocco has been readmitted to the AU it must be obliged to finally free the suffering masses of Western Sahara,” Naledi Pandor said.Morocco was readmitted to the African Union last year. The country left the organisation more than 30 years ago when the AU recognised the independence of the Western Sahara territory.For his part, the new president of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramagosa, in his speech last Friday expressed solidarity with all Africans who are still struggling to regain their legitimate rights a…

World leaders abandoning human rights: Amnesty

World leaders are undermining human rights for millions of people with regressive policies and hate-filled rhetoric, but their actions have ignited global protest movements in response, a rights group said.US President Donald Trump, Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and China's President Xi Jinping were among a number of politicians who rolled out regressive policies in 2017, according to Amnesty International's annual human rights report published on Thursday.The human rights body also mentioned the leaders of Egypt, the Philippines and Venezuela."The spectres of hatred and fear now loom large in world affairs, and we have few governments standing up for human rights in these disturbing times," Salil Shetty, Amnesty's secretary-general, said."Instead, leaders such as el-Sisi, Duterte, Maduro, Putin, Trump and Xi are callously undermining the rights of millions."Amnesty's The State of the World's Human Rights report cites Trump's controversial …

'Some rescued' after attack on girls' school in Nigeria

Following a suspected Boko Haram attack on a school in northeast Nigeria, some of the missing schoolgirls have been found, according to a local government official and a senior military source.Police said on Wednesday that 111 girls from the state-run boarding school in Dapchi, in Yobe state, were unaccounted for following an attack by the armed group on Monday night.Abdullahi Bego, spokesman for Yobe Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, said late on Wednesday that "some of the girls ... have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them".Bego's statement was the first confirmation that the girls were abducted.Initially, the students were reported to have fled the attack with their teachers at the sound of gunfire.A senior military source in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, told AFP news agency that the schoolgirls "were found abducted on the border between Yobe and Borno."The girls were abandoned with their vehicle.…