Former German President Horst Köhler leaves office in Western Sahara at the UN

Horst KoehlerPUSL / Jornal Tornado .- Horst Köhler, who was the president of Germany for six years, left his post as UN-SG personal envoy to the territory of Western Sahara. His departure for health reasons leaves the conflict to settle, a decades-long dispute in limbo.

The former German president announced he would step down on Wednesday, two years after assuming the role of personal envoy to the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara.

Mr Koehler, 76, informed the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in a telephone call, the UN statement said.

Former President Köhler spearheaded UN efforts to end the long-standing impasse between Morocco and the Polisario Front. Read more

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A flag of Western Sahara in the CAN of soccer provokes protests of Morocco

By  Jesús Cabaleiro Larrán – Periodistas En Español .The appearance of the flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and the Saharawi territory separated from the Moroccan in the sale of tickets of the African Confederation of Nations (CAN) of football that will run from June 21 to July 19 in Egypt has motivated protests of Morocco.

In particular, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) contacted the CAN organization to withdraw the Saharawi flag from the ticketing portal, which is in three languages, Arabic, French and English. A protest letter was sent but they were informed that the platform that manages this page is abroad.

The company that manages it, Get Group, is headquartered in Dubai with subsidiaries in Egypt, Canada, Latin America and Saudi Arabia. Read more

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Demonstrations in El Aaiun celebrating the first armed action of POLISARIO

PUSL.- Saharawi men, women and children took to the streets on 20 May in El Aaiun, celebrating the anniversary of the first armed action of the Polisario Front.

Despite the police and military siege and Moroccan auxiliary forces, to avoid demonstrations throughout the occupied Western Sahara, the Saharawi people took to the streets demonstrating.

The 20th of May, is celebrated yearly in spite of all the repression and tight control of the occupying forces that suppress any demonstration.

In the neighborhood of El Arak in El Aaiun, a group of Sahrawis managed to escape the police siege and demonstrated at 11 pm as you can see in the video.

Demonstrations in the occupied territories are increasingly difficult. The Moroccan authorities are preventing the grouping of Saharawis at all costs so that demonstrations do not take place.

Whole neighborhoods are under continuous police siege and secret police are present in every city. Read more

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Trial against Nazha Khatari El-Khalidi postponed until June 24

PUSL, May 20, 2019 .- According to the information by Equipe Media the trial of the Saharawi activist and journalist of Equipe Media, Nazha Khatari El-Khalidi has been postponed until June 24.

The delay of the proceedings against El Khalidi was justified by the court with the need to further inspect the contents of Ms. El Khalidi’s mobile phone that was confiscated by the police early December of last year.

Ms. El Khalidi faces serious charges for recording a peaceful demonstration of Sahrawi citizens in the streets of El-Aaiún, capital of Western Sahara that is occupied by the Moroccan Kingdom since 1975.

In the context of the same judicial process, on May 19 the Moroccan occupation forces expelled seven international observers that intended to attend the trial. The five Spanish lawyers and two Norwegian members from RAFTO foundation who intended to observe the proceedings of the trial where expelled without any justification other than “that it is forbidden to enter Western Sahara” at the border control at the Airport of El Aaiun by the Moroccan authorities. Read more

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20 May 1973 – the first armed action of the Polisario Front against Spanish colonialism

PUSL.- On May 20, 1973, only ten days after its foundation, the Polisario Front carried out its first armed action against Spanish colonialism. The target was the police station of El Janga.

This action was the first that marked the beginning of the war of liberation and quickly surpassed Spain’s ability to respond and its control over the Saharawi territory.

The following actions strengthened the prestige of the Polisario Front not only vis-à-vis the Saharawi population but also among the Saharawis who served in the Spanish colonial army.

History is known, Spain sold the territory and its inhabitants as if they were a herd of goats to Morocco and Mauritania, yielding this extremely rich country in the Madrid agreements, in an illegal and criminal way.

Then followed the bombing of the Saharawi population with Napalm and White Phosphorus, the Black March (called the Green by the Moroccans), thousands of dead, tortured, disappeared and a war of resistance and valor of the Saharawi until 1991, when the cease-fire was signed. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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 “. Read more

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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.” Read more

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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 (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. Read more

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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. Read more

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