Brahim Ghali to Guterres: UN must do more to restore the confidence of our people in the UN peace process in Western Sahara

Bir Lehlou (Saharawi Republic) 30 December 2019 (SPS)– The President of the Saharawi Republic and Secretary General of Polisario Front, Mr. Brahim Ghali, addressed a letter on the 28th of December to the Secretary General of the UN, Mr. António Guterres, stressing that the UN needs to do more to restore the confidence of our people in the UN peace process in Western Sahara.

He indicated in the letter, which will be distributed to members of the UN Security Council, that there are various specific measures the UN needs to implement to restore the lost confidence of the people of Western Sahara in the process.

On the other hand, Brahim Ghali affirmed that while Polisario “reiterates continued commitment to a peaceful solution to the conflict, it can never be a partner in any process that does not fully respect and provide for the exercise by the people of Western Sahara of their inalienable right to self-determination and independence in accordance with General Assembly and Security Council relevant resolutions.”

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15th Congress of Polisario Front wraps up, main options discussed

Tifariti (liberated territories), 25 December 2019 (SPS) – The 15th Congress of the Polisario Front wrapped up Tuesday evening after a six-day work focusing mainly on the examination of the best options seeking to enable the Sahrawi people regain their legitimate right to independence in the face of the continuing impasse in the peace process marked by the persistent Moroccan stubbornness.

It is expected that the final declaration of the congress proceedings will constitute a sheet that will reflect the political orientation of the Front for the next period.

The congress participants, whose number exceeds 2400 delegates, examined during the previous days the best options to be followed for the continuation of the liberating struggle of the Saharawi people.

The newly elected political leadership, which has seen the reappointment of Brahim Ghali as Secretary General of the Front for the next four years and the election of the members of the National Secretariat of the Front, will ensure the definition of the detailed procedure for the implementation of the recommendations of the congress participants.

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Portuguese Parliament aproves vote condemning expulsion of Portuguese activist Isabel Lourenço from Western Sahara

PUSL.- PAN MP André Nunes presented this Friday a vote of condemnation for the expulsion of Portuguese activist Isabel Lourenço from Western Sahara that was approved by the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic.

Thus, the Assembly of the Republic, meeting in plenary, expressed its condemnation for the Portuguese activist expulsion Isabel Lourenço from the occupied territories of Western Sahara and called on the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco to respect the fundamental rights of human rights activists, Saharawi political prisoners. and the Saharawi people in general.

The vote was approved by votes in favor of the Left Bloc, Portuguese Communist Party, People Animals and Nature Party, The Greens Ecologist Party, Liberal Initiative and Free Party. Against voted CDS-PP (Christian Democrats) and CHEGA Party. The Socialist Party and the Social Democratic Party abstained.

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PAN MEP condemns repression and expulsion of activist from Western Sahara

PUSL.- Francisco Guerreiro, MEP of the PAN (People, Animals and Nature) spoke yesterday at the European plenary session condemning the repression in the occupied territories of Western Sahara and the recent expulsion of Isabel Lourenço, Portuguese citizen and human rights activist.

The MEP emphasizes that the continued crackdown on activists and the Saharawi people by the Kingdom of Morocco must end and that the European Commission must take a firm stand in the defense of human rights in Western Sahara.

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MEP’s send letter to President of European Commission, High Representative of FASP, and President of the European Council concerned about Saharawi activist Mahfouda Lefkir

PUSL.- 30 MEP’s sent a letter today to the President of the European Commission, Mrs. Ursula Von Der Leyen, the Vice- President and High Representative of FSP, Mr. Josep Borrell and to the President of the European Council, Mr. Charles Michel regarding the situation of Saharawi activist Mrs. Mahfouda Lefkir a 34 year old mother recently sentenced to 6 month prison.

The MEP’s from several political groups (Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Group of the European People’s Party – Christian Democrats and Non-attached Members) expressed their concern with the health status of Mrs. Lefkir and the lack of due medical assistance as well as detention conditions.

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PCP MEP questions European Commission on expulsion of Portuguese activist

PUSL.- Sandra Pereira, MEP of the Portuguese Communist Party, today addressed a written question to the European Commission about the expulsion of Isabel Lourenço, a Portuguese citizen and human rights activist from El Aaiun, Western Sahara by Moroccan occupation authorities who subsequently sent her coercively to Moroccan territory.

The MEP asks:

– Has the Commission been aware of this illegal situation? Did you take any steps to find out about the conditions of the Portuguese citizen?

– In view of the repeated violations of human rights by the Kingdom of Morocco, does the Commission consider suspending the agreements it has signed with Morocco, considering the human rights clauses in them?

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TIFARITI hosts the National Preparatory Conference of the Fifteenth Congress of the Polisario Front

Diario La Realidad Saharaui/DLRS.- TIFARITI (Liberated Territories of the Saharawi Republic), December 15, 2019 national agency (SPS) _ according to the agency in its edition this Sunday, the locality of Tifariti in the liberated Sahrawi began as of today, Sunday December 15, the activities of the Saharawi National Conference in preparation for the Fifteenth Congress that will last three consecutive days, December 19, 20 and 21.

The source indicates that the Conference will discuss today, among other things, a very broad agenda of topics of national interest, including speeches, workshops and activities for adoption at the XV Saharawi National Congress. It will also study documents submitted by the different subcommittees and that will be addressed, for three days, by the more than 2,000 congress delegates representing all Saharawi institutions.

Sps said that the Conference was inaugurated this afternoon, and that the President of the Republic, Brahim Ghali, will deliver a speech on the general situation in Western Sahara. It is also expected that the Presidency of the Preparatory Commission will address a word to present the results of its work during the last three months of preparation.

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National Teachers Federation (Portugal): “Solidarity with activist Isabel Lourenço and the Saharawi People’s cause”

FENRPOF .- During yesterday’s meeting the FENPROF’s National Council expressed its solidarity with the activist Isabel Lourenço and the cause of the Saharawi People

“Solidarity with the activist Isabel Lourenço and the Saharawi People’s cause (full text).

The Moroccan authorities expelled from Western Sahara, on December 10, International Human Rights Day, the Portuguese citizen Isabel Lourenço.

Isabel Lourenço is aactivist and human rights defender in the territory of Western Sahara. She has been following and reporting for several years on the situation, the latest of which was published by the Center for African Studies at the University of Porto, of which she is a researcher. She was also an international observer accredited by Fundación Sahara Occidental in various trials of Saharawi citizens, and participated in the work of the 4th UN Commission and various initiatives of the European Parliament.

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UNGA stresses its responsibilities towards Sahrawi people, solution must be based on exercise of self-determination

New York, 14 December 2019 (SPS) – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on approved a new resolution affirming its responsibilities towards the Sahrawi people and its inalienable right to self-determination.

The United Nations General Assembly, as responsible for decolonization issues, renews the position of the international community that does not recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara at a time when France is trying from within the Security Council to change the legal nature of the Sahrawi issue to prevent the Sahrawi people from their independence and sovereignty over their ancestral lands in clear conspiracy with the Moroccan occupier.

The unanimous vote by the UN General Assembly, which includes 193 countries, reflects the international community’s adherence to legitimacy in the issue of Western Sahara, on which this resolution was adopted today as an issue of decolonization.

It should be noted that the Fourth Committee approved this resolution in October, under the theme “Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.”

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