Western Sahara: Security Council renews MINURSO mandate for 6 months

PUSL.- At today’s meeting of the Security Council (SC) on Western Sahara, the extension of the mandate of MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) was adopted with 13 votes in favour and two abstentions (Russian Federation and South Africa) for six months.

All members of the SC support the efforts of the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy, Mr. Horst Koehler, and the performance of MINURSO and Colin Stewart.

The approved text was written by the United States, which was disappointed with the two abstentions and emphasized the need to accelerate the process to reach a mutually acceptable and realistic solution that results in the self-determination of the Saharawi people.

France, Morocco’s historical ally said that a realistic political process is needed and that Morocco’s proposed autonomy plan is a credible solution. They voted in favour, but they prefer a one-year rather than six-month mandate, arguing that they are more stable mandates. Read more

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Ali Saadoni sentenced to 7 months in prison and trial of Zein Abidin Salek “Bounaaje” postponed

PUSL.- At the end of yesterday the Saharawi activist Ali Saadoni was sentenced to 7 months in prison and a fine of 5000 Dirham (480Euros).

Access to the trial was restricted, assisting the mother and sister of Saadoni but the Saharawi activists were prevented from entering as well as the translator of two Spanish lawyers accredited by the Spanish lawyer Bar Association.

The defense lawyer denounced the various violations of law procedures and asserts that it was not a trial with the necessary guarantees to be considered a fair and impartial trial.

Saadoni denounced once again that he was a victim of torture and ill-treatment by the Moroccan authorities and denied all the accusations. Read more

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