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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‘Blood phosphate’ imports from Western Sahara may prompt illegal port strikes – union in New Zealand

rnz.co.nz .- Fertiliser companies importing so-called “blood phosphate” from Western Sahara could face illegal strike action by port workers in future, warn unions.

A ship chartered by Ravensdown, the Federal Crimson, is currently unloading the last of 51 tonnes of phosphate at Port Chalmers, after earlier docking in Napier and Lyttleton.

At each port, it has been boarded by members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union, who have handed protest letters to the captain.

Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients import about $30 million worth of phosphate each year from Western Sahara.

Western Sahara is a piece of desert land of a similar size to New Zealand. It was a Spanish colony but was taken over by Morocco in 1975, a move condemned by the United Nations.

Union organiser John Kerr said he was “hopeful” the companies would find alternative sources – but if they did not, union members could take more drastic action next time. Read more

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“Moroccan justice” ratifies condemnation of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir

PUSL.- At noon today took place, the appeal trial of Sahrawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir in which the judge has ratified the sentence of 6 months in prison and the payment of a 2,000 dirhams fine, issued on November 27. The trial was held in the court of El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara

The hearing has been held without the assistance of observers, allowing only Mahfouda’s father to enter.

It should be noted that the defense lawyer of Mahfouda received the documentation of the trial on the 27th and the information and documents of the trial held today, at the end of yesterday afternoon, so that the activist’s defense has been reduced due to the limited time available to prepare the file.

The young mother, member of the association “Coordination of Gdeim Izik” and the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, was arrested inside the courtroom of the court of El Aaiún under the pretext of “assaulting an official” when she asked about her cousin’s case, Mansour Elmoussaoui, who was sentenced to 1 month in prison. Mansour was arrested on 28 October and accused of participating in the celebrations of the Algerian team victory in the Africa Cup.

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Tomorrow, Thursday, the appeal trial of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir is held

PUSL.- According to information received from the family of Mahfouda Elfakir, the lawyer of the Saharawi activist has been informed that during the day of tomorrow, Thursday, December 12, the appeal trial will take place.

Mahfouda has been sentenced to 6 months in prison on November 27.

The trial will be held two days after the expulsion of human rights activist Isabel Lourenço who planned to visit the activiss family to learn about her situation.

The young mother, member of the association “Coordination of Gdeim Izik” and the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, was arrested inside the courtroom of the court of El Aaiún under the pretext of “assaulting an official” when she asked about her cousin’s case, Mansour Elmoussaoui, who was sentenced to 1 month in prison. Mansour was arrested on 28 October and accused of participating in the celebrations of the Algerian team victory in the Africa Cup.

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Portuguese activist expelled from Western Sahara arrives in Lisbon tomorrow

Impala/PUSL.- The Portuguese activist Isabel Lourenço was this Tuesday, December 10, expelled from the occupied territories of Western Sahara by the Moroccan authorities. The Portuguese had a valid passport, return flight and hotel reserved. Moroccans who identified themselves as “authorities” and “officials” wanted to prevent Isabel Lourenço from disembarking from the plane at El Aiune Airport in Morocco-occupied Western Sahara, where she wanted to meet relatives of Saharawi political prisoners convicted by Moroccan courts. Isabel Lourenço arrives in Lisbon tomorrow at 2:40 pm.

The activist is in a hotel in Agadir and does not go out “for safety reasons”

“We bought the return ticket and tomorrow will leave Agadir to Casablanca and later to Lisbon,” explains Isabel Lourenço’s husband, speaking to Impala News Portal. At the moment, the Portuguese activist is in a hotel in Agadir and does not go out “for security reasons”. «Tomorrow you will go to the airport by taxi.»

«I landed at El Aiune and all passengers could leave except me»

 

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Expulsion of Portuguese Human Rights Activist from the occupied territories of Western Sahara by the Moroccan occupation authorities

PUSL.- Isabel Lourenço, Portuguese citizen and human rights activist was expelled this tuesday, at 16:30 h

As Portuguese citizen no visa is required and Mrs. Lourenço has respected all requirements of Moroccan entry law 02/03, i.e. valid passport, information of the hotel she would would stay in, return ticket to Las Palmas, Gran Canarias.

Mrs.  Lourenço has  never given a false pretext for her visit, stating clearly that she intended to follow up on the situation of the families of the prisoners of Gdeim Izik, the assessment of the current situation of the families of 19 year old detainee Mansour El Moussaui and of  Mahfouda Lefkir, 34 year old mother and cousin of Mansour who was sentenced to 6 months in prison and a 2000 Dirham fine for crying out at the end of the sentencing of Mansour inside the court room against the Moroccan occupation and injustice of the trial.

Mrs. Lourenço does not intend to act in any way that could be considered as ‘a threat to public order’. The redaction of reports based on field work and interviews is not ‘a threat to public order’, it is the rightful exercise of freedom of thought, speech and opinion an Anchor of Human Rights.

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