PUSL.-On 28 June, on the first day of the visit of Horst Koehler, Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Western Sahara to El Aaiun, the police violently attacked the Saharawi population who took to the streets to leave a clear message to the UN: Maghreb Barra, Labadil Labadil antakrir el Massir – Morocco get out! – there is no other solution than self-determination.
During the crackdown on demonstrators a police car ran over and fatally injured young Ayoub Ali Elghan. According to the witnesses the car pushed the young man against a wall where he was”crushed”. The family reported that in the hospital he was diagnosed with a fractured basin and several other fractures, internal bleeding and head injuries.
On 29 June, the young man who was in and out of a coma and whose situation was very critical, was transferred to a chartered plane to transport him accompanied by his mother to a hospital in Marrakesh outside the occupied territories. The plane had a breakdown and returned to El Aaiun.
Ayoub is in the hospital of El Aaiun and in very serious condition.
The Moroccan authorities fearing the worst filmed Ayoub in the hospital and forced him to say that it was not a police car but a civilian car that had run him down near the houses on Smara Avenue, circulating the video on social networks. (see video 1) Read more
PUSL.- The four Gdeim Izik prisoners currently held in Tiflet2 prison are being held in prolonged solitary confinement, some of them have been denied the access to books although they are currently in university exams and have no meaningful human contact.
The four Saharawi political prisoners are in different modules (housing units) in the prison and never see each other nor do they contact each other.
El Bachir Khadda is in this situation for over 9 months (285 days) since his transfer on the 16th of September 2017, having neither books, nor radio or tv. He spends 22 hours in confinement in his cell, but even the two hours he is allowed to exit he chooses to stay in the cell due to the constant harassment of the common criminals in detention, a behavior that is incentivized by the guards. When the other prisoners try to engage however in a normal conversation the guards punish them. Read more
PUSL.- The first meeting of the parliamentary network to support self-determination in Western Sahara was held in Paris, bringing together parliamentarians from various continents and aims to reinforce the work, exchange experiences and information at the level of national assemblies.
From this first meeting resulted the final declaration transcribed below:
International Parliamentary Network for Western Sahara Self-Determination
Done in Paris June 22nd 2018
We, as members of the International parliamentory network for the self-determination of Western Sahara, gathered today in Paris
Point out that the United Nations resolutions organisation:
Specify that Western Sahara is a Non-Self-Governing Territory Read more
(APS.dz) BRUSSELS – The Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament has adopted an amendment to the draft report on Parliament’s recommendations to the Council on the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, urging the EU to support the UN process for the regulation of the conflict in Western Sahara and to implement the decisions of its Court of Justice concerning that territory.
The amendment tabled by MEP Barbara Lochbihler on behalf of the Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance calls on the EU Council to “implement the judgments of the European Court of Justice on Western Sahara”.
On 21 December 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that the EU-Morocco association and liberalization agreements are not applicable to Western Sahara, underlining the “separate” and “distinct” status of this territory. , listed since 1963 on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories of the United Nations. Read more
AFP.- The UN envoy for Western Sahara, former German President Horst Koehler, will meet again in late June with the parties in conflict to press for the resumption of peace negotiations, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.
According to one of these sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Koehler plans to meet with the Moroccan authorities on June 28 and 29 in Rabat. He should also travel to El Aaiun, in Western Sahara, to make contact with the blue helmets of the ceasefire observation mission (Minurso).
Another source said that the emissary should also go to Tindouf, where the Polisario Front is located, at the western end of Algeria, specifying that the precise dates of this trip have not yet been defined. Read more
United Nations (New York), June 12, 2018 (SPS)
Delegations from the various countries attending the annual session of the UN Special Commission on Decolonization, known as the Committee of 24, called on Monday to resume negotiations on Western Sahara to accelerate decolonization.
The Ecuadorian representative, Diego Fernando Morejon Pazmino, who spoke at the session on the Saharawi issue, said that it is important to focus on relaunching the negotiations between the two sides, considering that thirty years of failure are unacceptable.
For his part, the representative of Timor-Leste, Mr. Mautito, asked the Committee to intensify its efforts to end colonialism, noting that in the 17 Territories live almost two million people.
Mr. Mautito recalled that the Polisario Front is the legitimate representative of the people of Western Sahara, emphasizing that the country has established diplomatic relations with the Saharawi people and recognizes the sovereignty of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic that already has its embassy in Dili. Read more
PUSL.- This morning the Saharawi political prisoners Nourdine Argoubi and Fak Jhalihenna were released after having fulfilled the sentence imposed in 2016. Argoubi and Jhalihenna were detained in Bouzakarn prison.
These Saharawi activists have been detained for their continued and persistent peaceful struggle for self-determination in Western Sahara.
During the period of detention they were victims of torture, ill-treatment, medical negligence and forced to be in a cell with infectious-contagious patients.
They have carried out hunger strikes against this situation which have been denounced to varios international bodies.
PUSL conveys to these activists and their families the best wishes for a speedy recovery from the physical and psychological sequels resulting from this harsh and unjust imprisonment. Read more
PUSL.- This morning the Saharawi political prisoner Ali Saadoni was released after having complied with the sentence imposed in 2016.
The well-known Saharawi activist was arrested because of his continuous and persistent peaceful struggle for self-determination in Western Sahara.
Saadoni belongs to a group of young Sahrawis who refuse to have Moroccan nationality.
During the detention period Saadoni was a victim of torture, ill-treatment, medical negligence and forced to be in a cell with infectious-contagious patients.
He made several hunger strikes in protest against this situation that were denounced to the various international bodies.
PUSL conveys to Saadoni and his family the best wishes for a speedy recovery from the physical and psychological consequences resulting from this harsh and unjust imprisonment. Read more