Western Sahara: meeting under UN auspices between Frente POLISARIO and Morocco

PUSL / Jornal Tornado .- The second meeting between POLISARIO Front and Morocco organized by Horst Koehler, personal envoy of the Secretary-General of the Nations, is taking place (21-22 March) in Geneva.

In addition to the delegations of Morocco and POLISARIO, Algeria and Mauritania are participating as observers, a UN statement said.

According to this statement “The meeting will take place in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2440 as a further step in the political process to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that will provide self-determination for the people of Western Sahara.”

A phrase used over and over again in United Nations resolutions, but whose meaning is simple: the completion of the referendum agreed between the parties that was the basis of the 1991 ceasefire agreement.

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Saharawi political prisoner Mohamed Bourial starts hunger strike

PUSL.- The family of Mohamed Bourial informed that this political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group, started a hunger strike today.

Mohamed Bourial detained in Tiflet2 demands to be transferred to a prison near his family in El Aaiun, respect for his fundamental rights, end of all ill-treatment and isolation and medical attention.

In Tiflet2, the saharawi prisoners are subjected to prolonged confinement, harassment, mistreatment and their basic rights are not respected. Families struggle to visit them since Tiflet is more than 1300 km from El Aaiun.

Tiflet2 is known as one of the worst prisons in Morocco, where many prisoners only leave from there in a coffin, often referred to as the Guantánamo of Morocco.

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UN rights expert unable to carry out visit to Morocco over lack of guarantees

GENEVA (19 March 2019) UN (ohchr.org) .– The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán, has announced that the necessary conditions for his visit to Morocco have not been fulfilled.

“The Government of Morocco has not been able to ensure a programme of work in accordance with the needs of the mandate and the terms of reference for country visits by special procedures,” he said.

The human rights expert was scheduled to visit the country from 20 to 26 March 2019 to examine the impact of measures aimed at ensuring the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and prosecutors, and the independent exercise of the legal profession.

“It is most regrettable that the suggestions of places to visit and schedule of work were not fully taken into consideration by the Government. It is an essential precondition for the exercise of the mandate of Special Rapporteur that I am able to freely determine my priorities, including places to visit,” he said.

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Sahrawi journalist’s trial postponed

PUSL.- The trial of Nazha El Khalidi that should have taken place today was postponed to the 20th of May at request of her lawyer since she is in Europe participating in several conferences.

El Khalidi, a Sahrawi media activist, who collaborates with Equipe Media and RASD-TV, was detained for several hours on December 4th, 2018 as she was live-streaming a protest on social media.

According to Equipe Media she said that she was later beaten, arrested and her cell phone was confiscated.

The young media activist is now being charged of “claiming or usurping a title associated with a profession that is regulated by law without meeting the necessary conditions to use it”.

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South Africa to brief media about SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will next week on Tuesday, brief members of the media on the state of readiness for the SADC Solidarity Conference with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic / Western Sahara.

Early this month, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) announced that South Africa and Namibia will co-host the SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara, scheduled for 25-26 March 2019 in Pretoria.

During a debate on the State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the Solidarity Conference will be “in support of the struggle of the Saharawi people against the colonial occupation of their territory.”

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US report on Western Sahara confirms WAR CRIME

PUSL.-In the recently published Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 – Western Sahara[1], the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the US Department of State confirms that Morocco is committing and ongoing of the Practice Relating to Rule 130 of International Humanitarian Law: Transfer of Own Civilian Population into Occupied Territory, which constitutes a War Crime.

The report states:

As an inducement to relocate to the territory, workers in the formal sector earned up to 85 percent more than their counterparts in internationally recognized Morocco. The government also provided fuel subsidies and exempted workers from income and value-added taxes.”

The transfer of Moroccan population into Western Sahara, the territory it occupies, is prohibited by international humanitarian law. The transfer of an occupying power’s population to a territory it occupies amounts to a war crime that may engage the individual criminal responsibility of those responsible.[2]

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President of the Republic of Ireland receives high-level Saharawi delegation

Dublin (Ireland), March 7, 2019 (SPS) – The President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael DHiggins, received a Saharawi delegation composed of the Delegate Minister for Europe and member of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Sidati, and the Ambassador Counselor in Chancellery and member of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Yeslem Beisat.

The reception, took place in the Presidency of Ireland, and the delegation delivered a message from the President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Gali, to his Irish counterpart, which addresses the latest political developments and progress in the peace process led by the UN.

In the framework of the official visit to Dublin, the Saharawi delegation had the opportunity to hold meetings with important political leaders of this European nation in order to strengthen bilateral relations and expose the position of the Saharawi government and the Polisario Front regarding the work in the process of decolonization and changes at the regional and continental levels.

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Saharawi women the personification of the values ​​of the 8th of March

PUSL.- The porunsaharalibre (PUSL) team welcomes all the women of the World on the day that marks the struggle for the dignity and equality of Women.

In particular, we salute the Saharawi women who throughout their people’s history have emphasized their fundamental role not only in preserving values, traditions, history and the transmission of knowledge, but they are also an essential part and perhaps even the pillar of resistance against the invader.

Women who stand out not only in refugee camps, home builders in exile, and daily resistance in the occupied territories but also in the international stages, voices of their people that they represent with dignity and professionalism as members of the legitimate representation of the Saharawi people the Polisario Front and the government of SADR (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic).

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Presented at the University of Porto Report on the situation in which Saharawi children and young people live in the occupied territories

PUSL.- On Tuesday, Isabel Lourenço, a member of the Fundación Sahara Occidental and collaborator of Pusl, presented the “Report on the abuse of the rights of Saharawi children and students in the occupied territories of Western Sahara”. The presentation was organized by the Center for African Studies of the University of Porto (Portugal).

The presentation of this report aroused great interest among university students, professors and researchers and journalists.

The report denounces in detail the terrible situation of continued violence suffered by Sahrawi children and students in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

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Gdeim Izik – Abbahah, Saharawi political prisoner received life threaths

Sidi Abdallahi AbahahPUSL .- According to the information of the family of Sidi Abdallah Abbahah, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group, he was object of harrasment, I’ll treatment, racism and receveid life threaths from the guards in Tiflet2 prison.

Abbahah’s lawyer, Maître Ouled deposed on his behalf a complaint to the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) last year.

The CAT issued immediate urgent interim measures in May demanding from the Moroccan authorities:

· Release of the prisoner with surveillance;
· Immediate access to a doctor of his choice;
· Immediate stop of isolation.

Ten month passed and Morocco did not comply with the interim measures so far.

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Two female Saharawi activists punished by the Moroccan occupation authorities

PUSL.- Ms. Gabbal Bannahi Daha (alias Juda), Saharawi activist, was informed today by the Moroccan authorities that her social aid was suspended in retaliation for her human rights activism and for defending the right of self-determination of the Saharawi people, as well as her participation in the anniversary celebrations of the proclamation of the Sahrawi republic.

Ms. Daha proclaimed that these retaliation practices would never stop her from continuing her struggle against the Moroccan occupation. In 2018 Ms. Daha had already been in the same situation and was on hunger strike until the Moroccan authorities responded to her demand after 17 days.

Ms. Aghlajilha El Ouali (El Idrissi) another activist from Smara was also punished by the Moroccan authorities by suspending her social card due to her participation in the anniversary celebrations of the proclamation of the Sahrawi republic.

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