Debate and Exposition on Western Sahara at Macaréu Cultural Association

PUSL .- On Sunday, September 29th, a debate was held at Macaréu – Associação Cultural no Porto in Western Sahara with the presence of Isabel Lourenço, a human rights activist and the opening of an exhibition on the same theme.

During the debate the situation in which the Saharawi people live since the invasion of much of their territory by Morocco in 1975 was presented.

The exhibition on Western Sahara of the organization “porunsaharalibre.org – PUSL” can be visited at this association, located at Rua João das Rules, 151 – Porto 4000-293.

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Presentation in Porto of the International Journal of African Studies: Western Sahara – Impasse Policies

PUSL .- Last Saturday, September 28th, the International African Studies Journal entitled Western Sahara was presented – the politics of Impasse.

The African Studia journal is edited by the Center for African Studies of Porto University, and number 29 was dedicated to Western Sahara.

A journal that includes articles from academics at international level and addresses the direct and indirect actors of the conflict, emerging observers, the Saharawi Arab Republic and the Lusophone area, problematic of Western Sahara and ends with two interviews with representatives of the Saharawi people. The journal articles were published in Portuguese, English and French.

The presentation took place at the Gato Vadio Association in Porto. Prof. Maciel Santos of the Center for African Studies gave a brief presentation of the journal and its objectives, as well as the methodology followed.

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Solidarity evening with the Saharawi people in Mantes la Jolie

PUSL .- Friday 27th of September, the section of the French Communist Party in Mantes La-Jolie organized an evening of solidarity with the Saharawi people. The evening began with an intervention of the Mantes la Jolie municipal councilor Mr.Mark Jamet who spoke about the importance of this initiative to raise awareness of the French public on the Saharawi cause. He reiterated the position of his party in support of the Saharawi people in their struggle for freedom and independence. The deputy representative of the Polisario Front in France and in charge of the Saharawi community, shed light on the current situation in Western Sahara. After these two presentations there was the projection of the documentary: the last colony of Africa. Which was followed by a debate and in-depth discussions on the history of the conflict and legal status of Western Sahara and the and the position of Francein this conflict.

Among the guests was Mr. Pascal Torre, in charge of the PCF’s department for external relations, who spoke about the position of France, which by its support of Morocco pushes for more intransigence and disrespect against international legitimacy.

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Mohamed Lamin Boudnani, Saharawi activist arrested and imprisoned in black prison

PUSL.- On Friday, September 27, Mohamed Lamin Boudnani was sentenced on a false charge of “insulting a public official” by the El Aaiun court.

On 23 September Boudnani was summoned to report to the police, when he arrived he was surprised by an interrogation where he was informed that he has an arrest warrant since 2016.

This statement by the Moroccan authorities is unrealistic since Mr. Boudnani was not hidden, has the same address for several years, meets police officers and gendarmerie daily in the streets of El Aaiun and as soon as summoned he presented himself to the police.

After initially accusing him of participating in riots on 19 July after the Algerian team won the Africa Cup, they then changed the accusation to “insulting a civil servant”.

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Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Saharawi political prisoner victim of extreme medical neglect denounces his family

PUSL.- Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group currently detained in Ait Melloul prison sentenced to life imprisonment, was taken yesterday (26th of September) to the hospital in Agadir after severe pain along his body.

At the hospital a scan was made of the left side of his body, namely, back and kidneys. He was returned to the prison where he was taken to the infirmary to make blood analysis. No explanation was given to Mr. Lemjeyid and he was put again in his cell.

Today (27th of September) Mr. Lemjeyid’s health status worsen and he was transported once again to the hospital again where he was seen by a doctor who prescribed several medications. According to this doctor, Mr. Lemjeyid suffers from acute swelling on his left side and his kidneys. This situation as well as the back pain is the result of frequent health complications since his arrest in 2010 and the severe torture he was victim of, as well as intentional medical neglect from the Moroccan authorities.

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Aminatou Haidar award with the Alternative Nobel prize

PUSL.- Saharawi human rights defender Aminatou Haidar has been honored Wednesday with the so-called Alternative Nobel by the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.

In the website of the Foundation can be read:

Aminatou Haidar was born in El-Ayoun on 24 July 1967, when Western Sahara was under Spanish colonial rule. Only two years earlier, the UN General Assembly had adopted its first resolution on Western Sahara requesting Spain to decolonise the disputed territory. In the following years, the UN General Assembly repeatedly requested Spain to organise a referendum on self-determination, under UN supervision. In the meantime, the neighbouring countries Morocco and Mauritania claimed the territory.

Haidar grew up in turbulent times. In 1973, the Sahrawi liberation movement Polisario began its fight for independence for Western Sahara and launched its first military attacks on Spanish troops. A UN investigation commission visited Western Sahara around the same time and found full support for independence among the people living in the disputed territory.

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Protests in New Zealand against “Blood phosphate” continue

PUSL.- Since August this year activists in New Zealand have consistently been protesting against the import of Phosphate originating from Western Sahara and illegally sold by Morocco.

Today the organization “Climate Justice Taranaki” padlocked the gate at the fertilizer factory Ravensdown, blocking trucks, in light of the company’s connections to many environmental and social issues, climate change being number one.

“We locked the gate here at Ravensdown today to highlight the fact that this company as it is, should be shut down… Ravensdown fertilizer is derived from gas, a fossil fuel, and ‘Blood phosphates’ taken from Western Sahara under military occupation. When used the fertilizer emits nitrous oxide which is a greenhouse gas 400 times worse than carbon dioxide.”

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SPAIN AWARDS MOROCCAN TORTURER

– Abdellatif Hammouchi was denounced in France for torture of the Saharawi political prisoner Naama Asfari, sentenced to 30 years in prison.

– The UN Committee against Torture established that Morocco tortured Naama Asfari.

Hammouchi is also accused of torturing several other political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group.

– The Spanish Government of the Partido Popular had already granted Hammouchi the Police Merit Cross with a red badge, the highest distinction for the members of the State Security Forces.

– Now the Spanish Minister of the Interior also honors the Chief of the Royal Gendarmerie of Morocco.

Alfonso Lafarga.- Contramutis .-Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska has awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Civil Guard to the highest anti-terrorist chief in Morocco, Abdellatif Hammouchi, denounced in France for torture of the political prisoner Saharawi Naama Asfari.

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Western Sahara will sue African governments and companies for Moroccan occupation

PUSL.- According to an article pblished by SAHARAREPORTERS, SADR will start legal proceedings against African governments and companies that have trade relations with Morocco over the Saharawi natural resources.

According to the article published, SADR, at a meeting in Abuja this weekend, has chosen lawyer Femi Falana to be the legal representative who will initiate legal proceedings at the African Court of Human Rights in Arusha, Tanzania.

After accepting the appointment, Falana said the proceedings will begin in Nigeria, which consumes tons of phosphate allegedly taken from the SADR by Morocco.

The lawyer said he did not expect many obstacles in the success of the SADR’s call to end Morocco’s occupation of its mineral-rich territory.

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U.S. State Department approves sale of TOW-2 anti-tank missiles to Morocco

defence-blog.com.- The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $776 million sale of various TOW-2A missiles to Morocco, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Thursday in an official notification to Congress.

The possible sale to Morocco includes 2,401 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF); and 28 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF), Fly-to-Buy missiles for lot acceptance testing; and 400 M220A2 TOW Launchers and/or four hundred 400 M41 Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) Launchers, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

“The proposed sale of the TOW 2A Missiles and TOW Launchers will advance Morocco’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability. A strong national defense and dedicated military force will assist Morocco to sustain itself in its efforts to maintain stability.,” he said in a recent statement.

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The Polisario Front rejects the construction of an Atlantic port and strongly condemns Morocco’s expansionist policies in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

New York, September 19, 2019 (SPS) -. The POLISARIO Front delegate at the United Nations strongly condemned Morocco’s expansionary policy in the Occupied Areas.

In separate letters to Mr. Jean-Pierre La Croix, United Nations Assistant Secretary General in charge of Peace Operations, and Mr. Colin Stewart, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Western Sahara, respectively, by Dr. Sidi Mohamed Omar, a POLISARIO representative at the United Nations, expressed his rejection of the construction of a “new Atlantic port” with extensive infrastructure about 70 kilometers north of Dakhla in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The POLISARIO Front warns that the Moroccan project to be implemented in the occupied city of Dakhla is another example of Morocco’s annexation policies designed to perpetuate and normalize its military occupation and the illegal annexation of parts of Western Sahara in flagrant violation of international law.

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