Morocco does not want witnesses and expels five Spanish lawyers and two Norwegian observers from El Aaiún

-The Moroccan regime does not want international presence in the trial against the Saharawi journalist Nazha El -Kalhidi

-The Spanish lawyers are accredited by the General Council of Spanish Law

-“It is forbidden to enter El Aaiún”, explanation of the Moroccan police

Alfonso Lafarga (Contramutis).-Morocco has prevented five Spanish lawyers and two Norwegian observers from entering El Aaiún, the capital of Western Sahara, where they had traveled to attend the trial of Saharawi journalist Nazha El Kalhidi, accused of practicing without official certification.

“It is forbidden to enter El Aaiún”, is the only explanation received by lawyers Sidi Tallebuya, from Madrid; Ramón Campos García and María Lourdes Barón Jaques, from Zaragoza and Lala Travieso Darias and Rut Sebastián, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, all of them accredited by the General Council of the Spanish Law, as well as the Norwegian observers of the RAFTO Foundation for Human Rights, Vegard Fosso Smievoll and Kjersti Brevik Moeller.

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Polisario case reveals high stakes behind investors’ ESG enthusiasm

Legal action over disputed African territory affects EU links with Morocco

Financial Times / JOHN DIZARD. .- What the military calls asymmetric warfare — guerrillas fighting regular armies — has come to the compliance world.

Political movements with few financial assets, let alone military superiority, can win in court against corporate or government players.

Thanks to their ability to make use of their wins by influencing trillions of investors’ money, or sensitive sovereign wealth funds, they can generate a huge effect.

Take a case filed in the European Court of Justice on April 29 by the Polisario Front, a political group that demands full sovereignty for Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. Its lawyers claim Brussels is violating EU human rights law by allowing, even encouraging, the import of natural resources from the territory.

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The Sahrawi Committee CODAPSO meets with the US newspaper, the Wall Street Journal

Hmad Hammad, M. Dadash, D. Nissembaum y A. Biay

Writing and editing: Diario La Realidad Saharaui/DLRS 05/17/2019
The Sahrawi Committee CODAPSO meets with the US newspaper, The Wall Street Journal.

The Committee for the Defense of Self-Determination of the People of Western Sahara, CODAPSO, met on May 13 in the occupied city of El Aaiun, Western Sahara with the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal and has reported on the situation of human rights violations that the Saharawi suffer in the occupied territories .

As DLRS has been able to gather, the Committee for the Defense of the Right to Self-Determination of the People of Western Sahara met in El Aaiun on May 13 with the distinguished American journalist Dion Nissenbaum. The meeting was attended by Mr. Sidi Mohamed Dadash, Norwegian Rafto Human Rights Prize, the Vice Chair of the Committee, Mr. Hmad Hammad and Abdelaziz Biay member of the Committee “.

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Morocco: Law Misused to Silence Reporters

Woman Who Filmed Police Faces 2 Years in Prison

(New York) HWR – Moroccan authorities are using a law designed to keep people from falsely claiming professional credentials to bring criminal charges against people trying to expose abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.

In the latest case, Nezha Khalidi, who is affiliated with the activist group Equipe Media in El-Ayoun, Western Sahara, will go on trial on May 20, 2019, accused of not meeting the requirements to call herself a journalist. Police arrested her on December 4, 2018, as she was livestreaming on Facebook a street scene in Western Sahara and denouncing Moroccan “repression.” She faces two years in prison if convicted.

“People who speak out peacefully should never have to fear prison for ‘pretending’ to be journalists,” said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities shouldn’t be using a law designed to keep an unqualified person from claiming to be a doctor, for example, to punish people whose commentary displeases them.”

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Seminar on Politics & Human Rights in Western Sahara, in Pretoria, South Africa

PUSL.- Last Monday, 13th of May a Seminar on Politics & Human Rights in Western Sahara, took place in the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa.

The seminar was hosted by the Africa Institute of South Africa and co-organized by Africa Solidarity for Sahrawi and PorUnSaharaLibre.org (PUSL). This seminar intended to unpack the political and human rights aspects that need to be considered when developing a solution for the continued conflict. Currently negotiations continue in order to resolve the dispute. There have been accusations of many human rights challenges as many Sahrawi people are in refugee camps, under Moroccan occupation or in prison. For more than 40 years the Sahrawi people have been waiting to exercise their right to self-determination.

Dr Check Achu, Senior Research Specialist at AISA/HSRC made the opening remarks, followed by Dr Onuorah Obodozie, Research Associate, Institute of African Renaissance Studies who made a short summary of the events leading to the conflict.

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Western Sahara Conflict presented at the Elim Church in Pretoria, SA

PUSL.- The Elim Full Gospel Church in Pretoria, South Africa celebrated on the 12th May the Mother’s Day to honor mothers in Africa and beyond. In this context the congregation dedicated great part of Sunday service hearing about the Western Sahara conflict and in particular about the situation in the occupied territories, and the suffering of the Saharawi Mothers who have to raise their children under Moroccan occupation.

Pastor Immanuel Landman and the congregation prayed for the peaceful outcome of this conflict, the protection of the Saharawi population and to give wisdom to the world leaders to let the Saharawi achieve their freedom.

The presentation on Western Sahara was made by Mr. Atabongwoung Gallous from Africa Solidarity for Saharawi and the Portuguese human rights activist Isabel Lourenço, member of PUSL and FUSO.

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Africa Solidarity for Sahrawi meeting with South African Human Rights Commission

PUSL.- Africa Solidarity for Sahrawi (AFRISOSA) met with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for a briefing on the latest developments on the Western Sahara conflict.

Mr. Atabongwoung Gallous, president of AFRISOSA, transmitted to the CEO of SAHRC, Tseliso Thipanyane and the several Commissioners the current situation on Western Sahara as well the recent development in the UN Security Council meeting, which extended the MINURSO (UN mission for Western Sahara) for six months.

Ms. Isabel Lourenço, Portuguese human rights activist, presented her recent report on Saharawi Children and Students in the occupied territories of Western Sahara as well as a detailed information on the Saharawi Political Prisoners currently detained in Moroccan Prisons.

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Conference on Western Sahara at the University of Pretoria – South Africa

PUSL.- On 9 May, the Institute of Strategic and Political Affairs of the University of Pretoria, Africa Solidarity for the Sahrawi (ASS), PorUnSaharaLibre.org (PUSL) and Sandblast-Arts hosted a conference on Western Sahara and recent developments at the political level and reality on the ground.

Prof. Siphmandla Zondi head of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, made the introduction to the conference and Mr. Gallous of ASS spoke of the recent developments and the historical and political context of the Western Sahara conflict.

Mrs. Isabel Lourenço, from PUSL and researcher at the Center for African Studies at the University of Porto, who recently published a report on the situation of Saharawi children and young people under occupation in Western Sahara, presented not only this report but also made an account of the day to day, the difficulties and the repression that affects the whole population under Moroccan occupation. The role of MINURSO and the absence of a human rights component in its mandate, as well as the role of the African Union and the Saharawi political prisoners were other issues addressed.

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May 10, birth of Frente POLISARIO

Frente Polisario – Historical background and foundation of Frente POLISARIO

umdraiga.com.- The socioeconomic changes that took place in the Spanish Sahara during the 60’s of the last century, led to the emergence of modern Sahrawi nationalism, based on national consciousness and not on tribalism; based on political arguments and not religious feelings.

In the first years of that decade, the nationalists formed diverse political groupings but none of them got to have decisive influence on the population. Only in 1967, an intellectual, Mohamed Sidi Ibrahim “Bassiri”, was able to gather around him a handful of supporters of independence and, the following year, he founded the Movement for the Liberation of the Sahara, (MLS).

In short, this clandestine organization already had hundreds of militants and began to influence the Saharawi population.

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Can John Bolton Thaw Western Sahara’s Long-Frozen Conflict?

FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images

The Polisario Front has created an international diplomatic presence on a shoestring budget and sees the Trump administration as its best hope in decades to gain independence from Morocco.

BY R. JOSEPH HUDDLESTON | MAY 9, 2019 | foreignpolicy.com

Members of the Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army take part in a ceremony to mark 40 years after the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic was proclaimed by the Polisario Front in the disputed territory of Western Sahara at the Rabouni Sahrawi refugee camp in Tindouf, Algeria, on Feb. 26, 2016. FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

In March, the United Nations secretary-general’s personal envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, hostedthe second in a series of roundtable talks to move a long-frozen conflict toward a peaceful resolution. This conflict has been suspended in a stalemate since a 1991 cease-fire agreement halted a 16-year-long civil war between the Moroccan monarchy and Western Sahara’s liberation movement, called the Polisario Front.

In addition to fighting the U.S.- and French-backed Moroccan military for 16 years, Polisario built several sprawling refugee camps in southern Algeria to accommodate thousands of families who fled the violence. An estimated 165,000 Sahrawi refugees, as those who fled Western Sahara are known, continue to live in these camps, as they have since the conflict began.

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