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. Read more

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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.

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

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Khadda and Haddi Sahrawi political prisoners in 48h protest

The Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group, Mohamed Lamin Haddi and El Bashir Khadda who are detained in Tiflet prison started today a 48-hour hunger strike in protest against the delay of the local prison administration complying with the promiss to transfer them to another prison and ensuring their right to study.

Over a month passed after Haddi and Khadda suspended their open hunger strike between November and December of last year following the commitment of the General Administration of Prisons to meet all their just demands, which are based mainly on the right to study and improve their conditions of detention. The local prison administration has adopted a policy of procrastination, indifference and non-fulfillment of its obligations and obligations towards the demands of the Saharawi political prisoners, according to information obtained by the Committee of the Families of the Detainees.

Therefore , the two Sahrawi political prisoners decided to make a 48h in protest against the lack of fulfillment of the commitments made by the administration of Tiflet. Read more

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The EU fisheries agreement with Morocco is not valid because it includes Western Sahara, according to European justice

  • The decision affirms that Europe breached its obligation to respect the right of self-determination
  • Nor does it believe that it guarantees that the exploitation of resources benefits the Sahrawi
  • 91.5% of the total catch envisaged in the agreement correspond to the waters of that area The fishing agreement between the European Union and Morocco is not valid, since it applies to Western Sahara and adjacent waters, according to the conclusions of the general counsel of the Court of Justice of the EU in charge of analyzing the preliminary ruling of a British court to a request from the Western Sahara Campaign (WSC), an organization that defends the recognition of the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people.

According to the lawyer Melchior Wathelet, when signing that agreement, “the Union breached its obligation to respect the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination and its obligation not to recognize an illegal situation resulting from the violation of that right”.

“The fisheries agreement and the acts that approved and applied it are incompatible with the provisions of the Treaties that oblige the Union to ensure that its external action protects human rights and strictly respects International Law,” recalls Wathelet. Read more

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Saharawi political prisoner Mbarek Daoudi tried again

Mbarek Daoudi was sentenced yesterday, January 3 to another month in prison to add to his 5 years and six months sentence after his arrest on 29 September 2013.

The case of this Saharawi activist is a serious, continuous and repeated violation of the Moroccan law itself, having been victim of arbitrary detention and torture, including in front of his own children and successive trials and convictions after his arrest with several processes and judgments.

Yesterday’s process was carried out in the absence of Mbarek Daoudi who wasn’t informed about the charges against him and even had no chance to inform his lawyer.

The Moroccan authorities are required by law to take the prisoners to the court in case of judgment, which did not happen in the case of Mbarek Daoudi. Read more

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