Laaroussi, Saharawi political prisoner transferred to Bouzakarn

PUSL.- According to his family the Sahrawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group, Abdel Jalil Laaroussi was transferred last Saturday, February 10, from the prison of El Arjat to the Prison of Bouzakarn.
Laaroussi who has been sentenced to life in prison has been in prolonged isolation since September 2017.
The political prisoners’ health conditions have deteriorated since his arrest in 2010.
The lawyer for 18 of the 19 detainees of the Gdeim Izik group, Maitre Olfa Ouled filed a complaint with the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) of several prisoners, including Abdel Jalil Laaroussi. The final decision of the CAT has not yet been published.

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EP ignores CJEU and approves EU-Morocco fisheries agreement that finances occupation of Western Sahara

PUSL.- MEPs today approved the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement which includes the waters of Western Sahara. MEPs not only failed to comply with the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) but also directly violated international humanitarian law.

Refusal to bring the agreement to the European court

Before voting on the agreement, MEPs rejected by 189 votes to 410, with 36 abstentions, a petition asking the EU Court to assess their compatibility with the EU Treaty.

In an official communiqué the EU states that this vote ”
does not prejudice the outcome of the political process on the status of Western Sahara. “This statement is curious because the status is well defined and the CJEU itself has reaffirmed that Morocco has no sovereignty over the non-autonomous territory of Western Sahara. Read more

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Condé replaced by Ramaphosa in the AU presidential troika for Western Sahara

Cyril Ramaphosa

PUSL.- Cyril Ramaphosa from South Africa has integrated the African Union’s presidential troika on the Sahara and replaced the Guinean head of State, Alpha Conde, a great friend of the Moroccan kingdom.

The African Union’s presidential troika is in charge of monitoring the issue of Western Sahara. Ramaphosa will take over in 2020 the rotating presidency of the continental organization.

This change leaves Morocco no traditional ally since the kingdom doesn’t trust the Egyptian Abdelfattah Al-Sissi in this issue, according to Moroccan newspapers. Read more

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HRW alerts MEP’s on Fishery agreement EU-Morocco

hrw.org.- MEPs: Seek European Court’s Opinion on EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement’s Compatibility with International Law

Dear Members of the European Parliament,

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Petitions online the big deceit

PUSL analyzed the dozens of online petitions concerning Western Sahara of the last years (*of which we have placed only a few links of those that immediately appear in a google search) and we come to the following conclusions:

1) Avaaz, Change org and other platforms disguised as non-profit organizations do not function, nor in the number of signatures collected, nor are they delivered to the recipients, nor is there any information at the “end of the Campaign” by the promoters “of the campaigns.

2) The most successful campaign in the number of signatures (several thousand), which was delivered to the recipient and whose outcome was published, was the campaign of the Swiss Committee of support to the Saharawi People. This campaign was developed by the committee itself on an online site without intervention from any other organizations or platforms such as avaaz etc. Read more

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POLISARIO reiterates its support for the UN political process

EW YORK, January 30, 2019 (SPS) -. Frente POLISARIO reiterated on Tuesday, in a statement after the appearance of Köhler before the Security Council to report on the situation in Western Sahara, its support for the UN political process and the defense of the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence.

For the Frente POLISARIO, the first round of peace talks on Western Sahara demonstrated that the status quo is not sustainable and is an obstacle to peace. In this regard, it hopes that with the current efforts of the Personal Envoy and the effective support of the Security Council, a just, peaceful and lasting solution will be found that will lead to a real process of self-determination in Western Sahara.

In that context, the representative of the POLISARIO before the United Nations, Dr. Sidi Mohamed Omar, underlined that the “Security Council must take advantage of the current momentum by taking concrete measures to guarantee the inalienable right of our people to self-determination, as they demand the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly. ” Read more

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