PUSL.- The session organized by the delegation of Polisario Front in Portugal was attended by representatives of non-governmental organizations, religious organizations, migrant organizations, representatives of political parties, students, academics and the representative of the Human Rights Commission of the Portuguese Bar Association.
Francisco Fanhais, president of the José Afonso Association, opened the session recalling the solidarity of Zeca Afonso and his commitment to opposing colonialism.
Mohamed Fadel, delegate of the Polisario Front in Portugal, gave a presentation on the current situation of the conflict, focusing on the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the recent resignation of Horst Koehler personnel envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations and participation in the African Union and its positioning.
PUSL.- Last Monday, 13th of May a Seminar on Politics & Human Rights in Western Sahara, took place in the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa.
The seminar was hosted by the Africa Institute of South Africa and co-organized by Africa Solidarity for Sahrawi and PorUnSaharaLibre.org (PUSL). This seminar intended to unpack the political and human rights aspects that need to be considered when developing a solution for the continued conflict. Currently negotiations continue in order to resolve the dispute. There have been accusations of many human rights challenges as many Sahrawi people are in refugee camps, under Moroccan occupation or in prison. For more than 40 years the Sahrawi people have been waiting to exercise their right to self-determination.
Dr Check Achu, Senior Research Specialist at AISA/HSRC made the opening remarks, followed by Dr Onuorah Obodozie, Research Associate, Institute of African Renaissance Studies who made a short summary of the events leading to the conflict. Read more
PUSL.- On 9 May, the Institute of Strategic and Political Affairs of the University of Pretoria, Africa Solidarity for the Sahrawi (ASS), PorUnSaharaLibre.org (PUSL) and Sandblast-Arts hosted a conference on Western Sahara and recent developments at the political level and reality on the ground.
Prof. Siphmandla Zondi head of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, made the introduction to the conference and Mr. Gallous of ASS spoke of the recent developments and the historical and political context of the Western Sahara conflict.
Mrs. Isabel Lourenço, from PUSL and researcher at the Center for African Studies at the University of Porto, who recently published a report on the situation of Saharawi children and young people under occupation in Western Sahara, presented not only this report but also made an account of the day to day, the difficulties and the repression that affects the whole population under Moroccan occupation. The role of MINURSO and the absence of a human rights component in its mandate, as well as the role of the African Union and the Saharawi political prisoners were other issues addressed. Read more
We, The Heads of State and Government or representatives of the following SADC Member States:
- Republic of Angola,
- Republic of Botswana,
- Democratic Republic of Congo,
- Kingdom of Eswatini,
- Kingdom of Lesotho,
- Republic of Malawi,
- Republic of Mauritius,
- Republic of Mozambique,
- Republic of Namibia,
- Republic of Seychelles,
- Republic of South Africa,
- United Republic of Tanzania,
- Republic of Zambia, and
- Republic of Zimbabwe,
Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South African
PUSL.- Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South African called today the UN to implement “without delay” the resolutions adopted in the framework of the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict, including those concerning the right to inalienable to the self-determination of the Saharawi people, reaffirming its support for the mediation efforts currently underway, by the personal envoy of the United Nations General Secretary, Horst Kohler, between the two parties in conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front.
The speech of the South African President on the second day of the solidarity conference with the Saharawi people of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), in Pretoria, reaffirmed the aid and his country’s support to the Saharawi and to the United Nations for “the prompt implementation of the resolutions on the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict, including that providing for the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people”. Read more
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
PUSL.- The SADC Ministers Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara will serve to remind the region that Africa will not be truly free until the last colony, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, is decolonised, says International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
Sisulu made the remarks while welcoming guests on the first day of the two-day conference in Pretoria on Monday.
The preparatory meeting by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers and participating Ministers from other regions took place ahead of the SADC Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara by Heads of State and Government scheduled for today. Read more
PUSL.- Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, says the SADC summit is being held to show solidarity with the people of Western Sahara. In an interview this morning Landers reaffirms that the only solution to the conflict is the self-determination of the Saharawi people. The autonomy plan that Morocco demands is not an option, says the Minister.
Landers says the intention of the solidarity conference is to support the people of Western Sahara to achieve a sovereign and independent state. On the ongoing negotiations promoted by Horst Koehler personal envoy of UN- SG, the South African representative said that Koehler’s views have to be valued but that there are other opinions that have to be taken into account.
On Morocco’s accession to the AU, Landers says that the colonial question in Africa is clear in the constituent act and that the Western Sahara conflict has to be settled with the United Nations and the African Union. The United Nations has failed not only the Saharawi people, but Yemen, Syria and many others: “It may be time for the United Nations to take stock”, says the minister. Read more
iol.co.za / SHANNON EBRAHI* .- It seems Morocco has tried everything to deflect attention from the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Solidarity Conference with the people of Western Sahara, due to take place in Pretoria on Monday and Tuesday.
The extent to which Morocco has attempted to neutralise African efforts to find a resolution to the conflict and ensure the liberation of Africa’s last colony is a measure of its intransigence and desperation.
African heads of state and foreign ministers from across the continent, as well as some foreign dignitaries, are due to attend. This poses a threat to Morocco’s agenda – to shut down any attempt to move the peace process forward. It is opposed to the AU’s involvement. Read more
Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will next week on Tuesday, brief members of the media on the state of readiness for the SADC Solidarity Conference with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic / Western Sahara.
Early this month, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) announced that South Africa and Namibia will co-host the SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara, scheduled for 25-26 March 2019 in Pretoria.
During a debate on the State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the Solidarity Conference will be “in support of the struggle of the Saharawi people against the colonial occupation of their territory.” Read more
PUSL.- The Center for African Studies at the University of Porto will present the “Report on the Abuse of the Rights of Sahrawi Children and Students in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara” on March 6 at 16:30 at the Faculdade de Letras of the University.
This is the first report on the dire consequences of an unresolved armed conflict on children and young people. Due to the impediments imposed on journalists by the Kingdom of Morocco and the difficult access of the media to the occupied territories of Western Sahara, this conflict has not found the echo it would justify.
This report aims to show the situation in which the Sahrawi children and young people live in the occupied territories and the impact that this occupation has on their daily lives and in their future. Read more