Political prisoner Naama Asfari in isolation

According to information from the family, the El Arjat Prison administration placed the political prisoner of Gdeim Izik group, Naama Asfari in isolation in a small cell, known as a coffin.

The brother of Naama Asfari was prevented today from visiting his brother under the pretext of the absence of the director of the prison.

Khadad Asfari has confirmed that Naama has been in solitary confinement for more than 36 hours and calls for the support of all human rights activists and ngo.

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New postponement of the trial of Saharawi students in Marrakesh

The trial of the young Saharawi students arrested in Marrakech, sentenced on 22 June last year, with sentences ranging from 3 years to 11 students and 10 years to 4 years, was postponed until 13 March.

This new postponement was made at the request of the new team of lawyers, formed by Sahrawis Lili, Buzaid and Ejellali, in order to prepare the defense of the accused.

The group of students entered the courtroom again shouting slogans in favor of the independence of Western Sahara and demonstrating on several occasions their solidarity with the prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group.

During the session today, Isabel Lourenço, Sébastien Boulay, Pablo Jiménez, Aritz Rodríguez, Sandra Gómez de Garmendia and Amaia Arenal were present as international observers.

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French lawyers detained arbitrarily in Casablanca and expelled from Moroccan territory

PRESS RELEASE

We, Ingrid METTON and Olfa OULED, lawyers at the Paris bar association, express our deepest indignation at the new infringement of our profession and the obstruction of the exercise of the rights of the defense.

As advocates for the protection of Saharawi prisoners, we traveled to Morocco to visit our clients on their cassation appeal after their conviction by the Rabat Court of Appeal on July 19, 2017.

Yesterday, Monday, February 12, 2018, we were approached on the descent of our plane in Casablanca at 20h40. Our passports were confiscated. We were detained without cause, justification and without notice until 2pm the following day before we were expelled from the territory.

For more than 18 hours, we were placed under police escort in the international zone of Casablanca airport and left without information.

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EU calls Polisario to negotiate fisheries agreement

The European Union has recognized the right of the Polisario Front to participate in the renegotiation of the EU Fisheries Agreement with Morocco, which would bring the parties to the same table for the first time since 2012 published today the online news media Africa Confidential.

According to African Confidential a high representative of the European Union for Trade. stated that “We must accept the decision of the European Court of Justice and this means that Polisario must participate in the negotiations”.

“I am convinced that we will convince Morocco that Polisario should be on the negotiating table,” he added.

Meanwhile TSA (Algerian online newspaper) confirmed that the European External Action Service contacted the Polisario representative in Brussels.

Meanwhile Morocco seeks to silence this new approach and the recognition of the Polisario Front as the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people by the European Union, publishing news demanding the presence of Algeria at the negotiating table and not the Polisario Front.

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The true will of the Saharawi people (by Hmad Hamad)

Hmad Hamad

To the International Community

Once again, the Saharawi people are betrayed, this time with the collaboration of the European Union!

The Moroccan state, with the complicity of the French government, is attempting to confuse international public opinion, in a shameless stratagem based on a great lie, orchestrated by Morocco and France.

These two countries, fierce enemies of the freedom of the Saharawi people, are trying to convince the opinion of the international community, and in particular the European Court of Justice (which recently decided that trade agreements between the European Union and the Moroccan may not include the Occupied Territory of Western Sahara) that the Saharawi population accepts to be ransacked and stolen and to sell this lie they present the Moroccan settlers as Saharawis.

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EU has sealed Western Sahara trade deal in violation of Court Judgment

wsrw.org.-The European Commission and Morocco yesterday initialed an agreement covering trade in goods originating in Western Sahara without the consent of the people from the territory, contrary to the orders of the EU Court of Justice.

The European Commission yesterday, 31 January 2018, signed a new trade agreement with the Government of Morocco. The document was signed in Brussels, with two Moroccan ministers present. The deal ignores the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of 21 December 2016, which stated that Western Sahara is a “separate and distinct” territory from Morocco, and hence that the representatives of the people of the territory ought to consent to any EU trade or association agreement affecting their territory.

The prerequisite of consent of the representatives of the people of the territory has been totally ignored during the talks and is reportedly nowhere in to be found in the concluded agreement.

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UA reiterates support for SADR and calls for a boycott of an event promoted by Morocco

The final declarations of the 30th African Union Conference in Addis Ababa, which brings together leaders from the region, reaffirmed its support for the referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara and called for a boycott of the Crans Montana meeting in the city of Dakhla in the occupied territories of Western Sahara. The annual meeting of Forum Crans Montana, a Swiss organization based in monaco with an international character, has been used for several years by Morocco as a propaganda vehicle for its illegal presence in the occupied territories.

Point 15 of the statement reads:

15. EXPRESSES ITS SUPPORT for the re-launching of the negotiation process between Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) with a view to reaching a durable solution consistent with letter and spirit of the relevant OAU/AU decisions and UN resolutions. The Assembly REITERATES ITS CALL on the two Member States, to engage, without pre-conditions, in direct and serious talks facilitated by the AU and the UN for the holding of a free and fair referendum for the people of Western Sahara. While the AU stands ready to operationalize, if and when necessary, its Committee of the Heads of State and Government on Western Sahara, the Assembly CALLS ON the two parties to fully cooperate with the AU High Representative for Western Sahara, former President Joaquim A. Chissano of Mozambique, and the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Horst Köhler. The Assembly REQUESTS Morocco, as an AU Member State, to allow the AU Observer Mission to return to Laayoune, Western Sahara, as well as to allow an independent monitoring of human rights in the Territory. The Assembly REITERATES its repeated calls, in particular its declaration adopted at its 24th Ordinary Session held in Addis Ababa, from 30 to 31 January 2015, on the Crans Montana Forum, a Switzerland-based organization, to desist from convening its meetings in the city of Dakhla, in Western Sahara and APPEALS to all Member States, African civil society organizations and other relevant actors to boycott the upcoming meeting scheduled to take place from 15 to 20 March 2018.

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Tomorrow, Tuesday 16, the trial against the group of 15 Saharawi students imprisoned in the Marrakech prison will resume

This group of students was sentenced on June 22 of last year, with sentences of 3 years for 11 students and 10 years for 4 of them.

From PUSL we have followed this process since the arrest of these young people in 2016.

For more information consult the published report:

https://es.scribd.com/document/364601017/Information-Saharawi-Student-prisoners-Group-Companions-of-El-Uali

and the articles published in PUSL:

http://porunsaharalibre.org/tag/estudiantes-marrakech/

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President Paul Kagame receives the SG/UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

algerianembassy.ug.-President Paul Kagame on Friday received UN secretary-general envoy and former German president Dr Horst Köhler at Village Urugwiro in Kigali.

The two leaders discussed how the United Nations and the African Union can work together to bring lasting peace in the troubled Western Sahara region, according to Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, who attended the meeting.

Köhler is now the Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for Western Sahara.

Kagame officially takes over the chairmanship of the African Union on January 28.

“Dr Horst Köhler and President Kagame discussed a wide range of topics and shared ideas on how the AU can partner with the UN in bringing lasting peace in Western Sahara,” Mushikiwabo told reporters shortly after the meeting.

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