The Irish Senate approves a law that controls economic activity related to occupied territories

By a small vote difference (from 20 to 25), the Irish Senate passed a law banning the importation of goods from occupied territories.

The bill is unprecedented for an EU member state, but it is not yet law.

The Senate bill provides for a ban on trading goods and services originating in the occupied territories based on the 4th Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilians in Time of War and under customary international humanitarian law.

This is the first bill of its kind in the EU. To become law, it must be ratified by the lower house of parliament. That is not likely to happen, as the ruling Fine Gael Irish government wants an EU response rather than unilateral measures.

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New complaint before the against Morocco

acatfrance.fr.- Because he persists in denouncing the violations of which Sahrawi detainees are subjected to, Naâma Asfari is constantly object of reprisals by the Moroccan government. In response, the Action of the Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) once again urge the United Nations to appeal to Morocco.

Naâma Asfari, a Saharawi human rights defender, has been detained since November 2010 and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on the basis of confessions signed under torture for his participation in the Gdeim Izik protest camp.

His wife, Claude Mangin-Asfari, is still deprived of visiting her husband. In April 2018, in protest, Claude decided to go on hunger strike for a month. 2 months later and despite repeated attempts by the French government to get Morocco to let her enter the kingdom to visit Naâma Asfari, Claude is still denied the right to visit her husband.

Leer más …New complaint before the against Morocco

Bourial saharawi political prisoner of Gdeim Izik group transferred

PUSL.- Saharawi political prisoner Mohamed Bourial from the Gdeim Izik group was transferred to Bozakarn prison for a period of 60 days.

Mohamed Bourial is serving a sentence of 30 years and is being detained in Tiflet prison, almost 1300km away from El Aaiún.

On May 7th, Bourial was transferred from Kenitra prison to Tiflet2 where he has been in prolonged confinement in a block with criminal offenders among them prisoners with psychiatric problems .

Mohamed Bourial has two minor children and asked to be transferred to Bouzakarn so that his the boys can visit him.

At the time of publication, the family had not yet spoken with Bourial, but this temporary transference seems to be confirmed.

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A team of the UPV finds new mass graves in Western Sahara

Naiz.eus.-A research team of the UPV, under the direction of the coroner Paco Etxeberria, has found three new mass graves in the region of Meheris, in Western Sahara.

A forensic investigation team of the UPV / EHU, under the direction of Professor Paco Etxeberria and promoted by Hegoa-Institute of Studies on Development and International Cooperation, has exhumed three new mass graves in the Meheris region, in the liberated territories of the Saharawi Republic.

As reported by the academic institution in a note, the remains found could be traced back to the first months of the Moroccan invasion, since among the objects found next to one the victims were 68 coins for a total value of 689 pesetas of the Spanish era.

The forensic analyzes are carried out in the UPV / EHU and the reports have served the court number 5 of the National Court in the case of violations of human rights to the Saharawi people in 1976 by Morocco.

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El Wafi Wakari saharawi political prisoner needs urgent medical attention and protection of his life

PUSL.- 28 year old, Mr. OUAKARI ELOIFI (also spelled El Wafi Wakari) saharawi political prisoner who was transferred on 4th of July to Ait Melloul prison needs urgent medical attention and protection of his life.

After his transfer Mr. Eloifi was put in a cell with Moroccan violent offenders which poses serious concerns about his physical integrity since he is absolutely incapable of defending himself due to his health condition.

In the same prison are three other saharawi students: Ali Shargui, Hamza Rami and Ahmed Abba Ali from the same group, known as Companions of El Uali who were transferred on the same day, but are in different cell blocks and of which there are no current information.

The families urge the UN and the EU to address the moroccan authorities with the request to join all sahararawi political prisoners currently detained in Ait Melloul.

Mr. Eloifi was detained in January 2016 and since his arrest he has undergone severe ill treatment, beatings, insufficient food intake, psychological and physical distress.

Leer más …El Wafi Wakari saharawi political prisoner needs urgent medical attention and protection of his life

One year after their sentence, the Saharawi Political Prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group remain subjected to torture and ill-treatment

PUSL.- 19 of the original 24 Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group remain in prison, with sentences that range from 20 years to life imprisonment.

They have been subjected to sever ill treatment and in some cases torture, as well as extreme medical neglect after their last sentencing on 19th of July 2017 by the court of appeal of Salé, Rabat.

The prisoners are currently dispersed in the following prisons: Tiflet2 (Sidi Abdallah Abbahah, Mohamed Bourial, Mohamed Lamin Haddi, El Bachir Khadda); Kenitra (Naama Asfari,  El Bachir Boutanguiza, Hassan Dah, Abdallah Lakhfawni; Ahmed Sbaai, Houcein Zawi) El Arjat (Abdel Jalil Laaroussi); Ait Melloul (Brahim Ismaili, Mohamed Bani, Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Mohamed Lefkir); Bouzakarn (Cheikh Banga, Mohamed Tahlil, Abdallah Toubali, Khouna Babeit).

The prisoners of Tiflet2 are since their arrival to this prison in prolonged solitary confinement without meaningful human contact, which is considered one of the harshest forms of torture leading to both physical as psychological damage. The families of these prisoners presented several complaints to the Moroccan authorities and CNDH (Conseil National des Droits d’Hommes) without receiving any response and sent also an urgent call to the International Red Cross, regarding the situation of the prisoners and the arbitrary refusal of visitation right. This prison is over 1200km from El Aaiun in Western Sahara and  currently this group is the one that is in a location more farther away from their families.

Leer más …One year after their sentence, the Saharawi Political Prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group remain subjected to torture and ill-treatment

Saharawi Political Prisoners scattered over 4 prisons in Morocco

PUSL.- According to information from relatives of the group of students known as Companions of El Uali, Saharawi political prisoners who were sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison, the students will be transferred today to several prisons in Morocco.

The Moroccan authorities will thus disperse the group through the penitentiary centers of Ait Melloul, Tiznit, Bouzakarn and 6 remain for the moment in Oudaya Marrakesh.

Several of the young people are in an alarming health situation, and El Wafi Wakari needs urgent surgery.

More details on the situation of these Saharawi political prisoners can be found in the various articles published by PUSL since their arrest in 2016. (report and articles)

Leer más …Saharawi Political Prisoners scattered over 4 prisons in Morocco

Koehler’s Press Release

Horst KöhlerPUSL.- After the visit to Western Sahara, the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy to this territory issued a statement that falls far short of what was expected. Koehler does not seem to want to “annoy” the Moroccan occupant and does not mention that the Saharawi population has gone in mass , demonstrating in the streets making it clear that there is no other solution other than self-determination.

The former president of Germany, former Maastricht treaty negotiator, former trilateral commission member with ties to the Bilderberg group, former IMF chairman, former chairman of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, co-chair of the African Bank for Development and author of the Marshall Plan for Africa, decided in his statement to emphasize the need for a “realistic and compromise” solution that opens the door to foreign investment and job creation in the region. He seemed more concerned with the economy and foreign investment than with the occupation and the machine of repression of the occupier. arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, appropriation of culture, imposition of Moroccan nationality on Saharawis, alteration of Sahrawi names so that they become “Moroccan”, torture, etc., etc.

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Situation of the young Saharawi Eyub Ali Buyema

PUSL.- According to a press release of the Ministry for the occupied territories of the SADR the young Saharawi, Eyub Ali Buyema, 18 years old, neighbor of El Aaiún, who was studying secondary school, to which Morocco had imposed the name of Ayub Elghan, participated in the demonstrations of El Aaiún, last 28 June, 2018, when he was run over, by a police car, Toyota Brand, Model “Prado”, with license number 147251, driven by the Moroccan police agent, Mohsen Essrighni.

As a result of the abuse, the young man suffered serious injuries for which he had to be transferred to the Hassan Ben Mehdi hospital. There, the neglect of the hospital’s administrative and health staff worsened their clinical situation, given the heavy internal bleeding he suffered. On Friday, June 29, in the same hospital, the young man presented a complicated clinical picture. The young man’s family, while still at the hospital doors, was prevented from seeing him.

Once, the occupation authorities, took awareness of the seriousness of the case, they prevented his family from visiting him and, also, they did not offer any truthful information, waiting for the UN Personal Envoy to leave the territory, so as not to upset the spirits of the Saharawi population even more,, which continued to demonstrate in different parts of Western Sahara.

To gain time, Morocco, used the most ineffable and ignominious tricks.

First, they told the family that the young man was in a stable situation and that he was going to be transferred, in an ambulance, to one of the Moroccan cities for treatment. Later, already on Saturday, July 30, again, they had been informed that they were going to transfer him on a plane to the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Then, they were notified that the plane had suffered a technical failure.

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Moussa Faki Mahamat proposes an “African mechanism” to help resolve the conflict in Western Sahara

Pierre Boisselet – Special Envoy to Nouakchott – jeuneafrique.com

African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat on Sunday presented a long-awaited report on the conflict between Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in Nouakchott. He advocated the creation of an African mechanism that, however, would not replace the efforts of the United Nations.

It was probably the most anticipated document of the 31st African Union (AU) summit, which was presented this Sunday, July 1, in Nouakchott. Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat presented a seven-page report to the delegations present to relaunch the peace process between Morocco and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. This text should be studied on Sunday, July 1.

It is based on a series of interviews conducted in recent months. On the one hand, with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, and his Foreign Minister (in Rabat, 5-6 June); on the other hand, with the President of the SADR, Brahim Ghali, and his Foreign Minister (in Tindouf, June 19 and 20). But also with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and his foreign minister (11-12 March) and with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz at the end of March.

Leer más …Moussa Faki Mahamat proposes an “African mechanism” to help resolve the conflict in Western Sahara

Visit of the Special Envoy of the UN SG, Mr. Horst Köhler, to the Western Sahara.

Ministry of the Occupied Territories – SADR
Press release
July 1, 2018

The UN personal envoy arrived in El Aaiun (capital of Western Sahara) on Thursday 28 June 2018 to begin his first visit to the occupied territories in order to gain a better understanding of the real situation on the ground.

This visit is in line with what was established in the last UN Security Council resolution on Western Sahara on 27 April, which invites both parties, the Polisario Front and the Kingdom of Morocco, to enter into direct negotiations, without preconditions, to reach an agreement that provides the self-determination of the Saharawi people.

From the moment of the announcement of the visit, the Moroccan occupation authorities made every effort to avoid any sign of expression of the free will of the Saharawi people, drowning the city in a sea of ​​forces of all types and conditions of security, imposing a authentic curfew and martial law and establishing the hermetic closure of the territory to any international observer who wanted to enter. All this, with the aim of showing, before the UN envoy, the fallacy that the territory is a haven of peace and stability.

Leer más …Visit of the Special Envoy of the UN SG, Mr. Horst Köhler, to the Western Sahara.

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