PUSL.- The political activist and Saharawi media activist, Salah Eddine Lebsir, was transferred from Tata prison to the Bouzakarn prison last night.
Salah Eddine Lebsir was arrested on June 6, 2015, for his participation in peaceful demonstrations in the city of Smara, vindicating the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people. He is a political activist and journalist known to the Moroccan authorities. Lebsir was sentenced to 4 years ending his sentence in June 2019.
During the time of incarceration, he has carried out several hunger strikes, demanding humane treatment and respect for his elementary rights.
The jornalist was now transferred from Tata prison that is 719Km from El Aaiun (capital of Western Sahara) to Bouzakarn which is 479km away. Read more
PUSL.- The Australian Labour Party passed a resolution during its National Conference this week. The australian Labour party is expected to win the next parlamentarian electionsin 2019.
The approved resolution on Saharawi self-determination expresses full support for the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, to revive the peace process between parties to the dispute in Western Sahara.
The Australian Labour party also expresses deep concern about the situation of human rights in Western Sahara and urges the UN to mandate its mission in Western Sahara to monitor and uphold human rights. Read more
PUSL.- 518 days have passed since the last sentencing of the Saharawi political prisoners known as Gdeim Izik Prisoners.
2963 days after the dismantling of the non-violent Gdeim Izik protest camp and the following detentions and abductions of Saharawi civilians.
The 19 detainees of the Gdeim Izik group are still subjected to ill-treatment, harassment and even torture after two trials (military trial in 2010 and Appeal court in 2016/2017).
Medical attention is denied to these prisoners, who suffer not only from the consequences of the brutal tortures they were submitted to but also from chronical diseases that were pre-existing or acquired after detention due to the conditions of detainment, like asthma, rheumatism, diabetes, amongst other. Read more
National Security Adviser to the White House, John Bolton, expresses “frustration” over the stagnation of Western Sahara
WASHINGTON, (elperiodicodemexico.com) – The National Security Adviser of the White House, John Bolton, expressed Thursday his “frustration” for the lack of progress in resolving the political dispute over Western Sahara and asked “how can it be justified” that the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MINURSO) continues to be extended.
Bolton has outlined the strategy of the Donald Trump Administration for Africa and has used the example of MINURSO, whose initial mandate he himself contributed to draft in 1991, to demand a change of approach in relation to international peace missions.
Trump’s advisor has acknowledged his “frustration” for the lack of progress in resolving the dispute over Western Sahara. “I would like to see this resolved if the parties can agree on a way out. That is my preference, “he told reporters at a Washington think tank, according to Reuters. Read more
Pretoria (South Africa), December 12, 2019 (SPS) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of South Africa, Lindiwe Sisulu, said in a statement that her country “will use its membership in the UN Security Council to defend the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination “.
The South African chancellery expressed its satisfaction by the resumption of the negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco, the days 5 and 6 of December in Geneva, under the auspices of United Nations and in fulfillment of the resolution 2440 of the Security Council.
Lindiwe Sisulu reaffirmed her country’s support for the negotiations, which she described as positive, and declared that “South Africa is pleased that the Polisario Front and Morocco have been able to meet to seek a political solution.” Read more
Rapporteur of the EP of the pact to include the Sahara in the agreement with Morocco resigns because of her links with Rabat
teinteresa.es .- The head of the negotiation in the European Parliament of the agreement to include Western Sahara in the trade agreement of agricultural and fishery products between the European Union and Morocco, French liberal MEP, Patricia Lalonde, has resigned as rapporteur for a conflict of interest for her alleged links with Rabat.
The French MEP, who was also a member of the Council of EuroMedA with close ties to the Moroccan government, left as speaker before the vote on the agreement on the International Trade Commission of the European Parliament on Monday, announced the president of the Commission, the German socialist Bernard Lange.
Lange has ensured in any case that, after “the discussions on the independence of the rapporteur with regard to Morocco”, her case “will be investigated by a specific committee of the Parliament” to determine if the ethical standards of the institution have been respected. Read more
Statement from the Polisario Front after the approval by the EP Trade Commission of a report on the EU -Morocco agreement
Shame on the European Parliament: the Comission on International Trade adopts a report tainted by a blatant conflict of interest
[STRASBOURG, 10 DECEMBER 2018] –Today, in Strasbourg, the INTA committee of the European Parliament, responsible for international trade, has adopted the report presented by Mrs Lalonde for the extension of the agricultural agreement concluded between the European Union and Morocco to the Territory of Western Sahara.
Commenting on the vote, Mohamed Sidati, the EU Representative of Frente POLISARIO, stated ‘”In a shameful decision the European Parliament adopted a report whose author was forced to resign before its adoption due to blatant compromission and conflict of interest”
“The Frente POLISARIO deplores this vote which marks a step further in the will of European leaders to override the clear and precise terms of court decisions. While on all sides’ European leaders recall that Europe is based on the law and that respect for the law is the basis of democracy, it is still striking for the Frente POLISARIO, who has seized the European justice, to see these same politicians joining forces to circumvent the EU court decision. Read more
fr.allafrica.com.- Brussels – Sweden opposed the conclusion of the new fisheries partnership agreement between the European Union and Morocco, reiterating that the extension of the geographical scope of the agreement to the territory of Western Sahara must receive the consent of the Saharawi people in accordance with the judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of 27 February, while Germany, Denmark and Ireland insisted that an agreement must be in accordance with European law and international law.
When the text of the agreement on the EU’s Competitiveness Council was adopted on 29 November in Brussels, Sweden issued an explanatory declaration following the vote in which it expressed its opposition to the Council decisions on the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Morocco.
Sweden explained that this agreement did not respect the judgments of the CJEU which stated that Western Sahara was a “separate” and “distinct” territory from the Kingdom of Morocco and that any extension of agreement to that territory requires “consent “of the people of Western Sahara. Read more
Near verbatim transcript of the press stakeout of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara
Initial Roundtable Meeting on Western Sahara
Geneva, 6 December 2018
Ladies, Gentlemen, thank you all for coming,
I am very pleased to be here, I will read a short statement and then I am happy to provide you with some of my impressions from our meetings held here in Geneva. I will not be taking any questions today.
The delegations have agreed on the following declaration:
6 December 2018
At the invitation of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, former President Horst Köhler of Germany, delegations from Morocco, the Frente POLISARIO, Algeria and Mauritania attended an initial roundtable meeting on 5 and 6 December 2018 in Geneva, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2440. Read more
New decision of the General Court of the European Union: Civil Aviation Agreement between the EU and Morocco does not apply to Western Sahara
After the land and the sea, the airspace: by an order of 30 November 2018, the Court of the European Union, which had been seized by the Frente POLISARIO, considers that the agreement on civil aviation concluded in January 2018, between the European Union and Morocco, is without application to the territory of Western Sahara and its airspace. For the European Judge, it is necessary to understand the notion of the territory of Morocco as “referring to the geographical area over which the Kingdom of Morocco exercises the full range of powers recognized to sovereign entities by international law, to the exclusion of any other territory such as that of Western Sahara “. The Tribunal adds that the inclusion of the territory of Western Sahara would infringe “the principle of self-determination referred to in Article 1 of the United Nations Charter and the principle of the relative effect of treaties”. Likewise, the Tribunal stresses with great precision: “the European Union can not validly share an intention of the Kingdom of Morocco to include the territory in question in the chamber of application of the Agreement”.
The Frente POLISARIO is pleased to have initiated this appeal which, after the judgments of 2016 and 2018, makes it possible to release a complete building of sovereignty: the land, the sea and the airspace. While European political power is straying into circumvention of the law, the European court, for the third time, explicitly rules on the question of sovereignty. Read more