CAF changes his meeting place and celebrations from occupied El Aaiun to Rabat

PUSL.- According to the Moroccan media the Executive Office of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to change the venue and timing of its meeting, which coincides with its celebration of the 63th anniversary of its founding, from El Aaiun, occupied territories of Western Sahara to Rabat, capital of the Moroccan Kingdom.

The venue of this meeting was highly criticized by the Algerian Federation who warned that it would not attend the meeting if it would take place in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The CAF meeting was scheduled to take place in El Aaiun, capital of Western Sahara on February 6th coinciding with the Futsal tournament which has been already boycotted by Algeria and South Africa and received protests from non-governmental organizations all over the world.

Morocco decided to host the tournament and initially the CAF meeting in the occupied territories to “show their sovereignty” over Western Sahara in one more maneuver to transform the situation in a fait accompli.

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States urge Spain to respect Saharawi rights in Human Rights Council

WSRW.- Namibia and East-Timor have today recommended Spain to respect the Saharawi people’s right to free, prior and informed consent with regard to the exploitation of Western Sahara’s natural resources.

This article is under construction and will be updated throughout the course of the day.

Spain today went through its third Universal Periodic Review; a peer review by other UN Member States of the country’s human rights slate.

Namibia and East Timor took the opportunity to raise their concerns on Spain’s involvement in the taking of Western Sahara’s natural resources, and recommended Spain to respect the international framework on Business and Human Rights, and as such, to respect the right to free, prior and informed consent of the Saharawi people to the taking of their homeland’s resources.

During Spain’s two previous UPR reviews in 2010 and 2015, not a single State addressed Spain’s continued responsibility vis-à-vis Western Sahara.

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