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.- The Elim Full Gospel Church in Pretoria, South Africa celebrated on the 12th May the Mother’s Day to honor mothers in Africa and beyond. In this context the congregation dedicated great part of Sunday service hearing about the Western Sahara conflict and in particular about the situation in the occupied territories, and the suffering of the Saharawi Mothers who have to raise their children under Moroccan occupation.
Pastor Immanuel Landman and the congregation prayed for the peaceful outcome of this conflict, the protection of the Saharawi population and to give wisdom to the world leaders to let the Saharawi achieve their freedom.
The presentation on Western Sahara was made by Mr. Atabongwoung Gallous from Africa Solidarity for Saharawi and the Portuguese human rights activist Isabel Lourenço, member of PUSL and FUSO. Read more
PUSL.- Africa Solidarity for Sahrawi (AFRISOSA) met with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for a briefing on the latest developments on the Western Sahara conflict.
Mr. Atabongwoung Gallous, president of AFRISOSA, transmitted to the CEO of SAHRC, Tseliso Thipanyane and the several Commissioners the current situation on Western Sahara as well the recent development in the UN Security Council meeting, which extended the MINURSO (UN mission for Western Sahara) for six months.
Ms. Isabel Lourenço, Portuguese human rights activist, presented her recent report on Saharawi Children and Students in the occupied territories of Western Sahara as well as a detailed information on the Saharawi Political Prisoners currently detained in Moroccan Prisons. 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
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
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
Source: South African Consulate general New York City / EIC Poemario por un Sahara Libre
The South African Minister of International Relations and Operation, Lindiwe Sisulu, announced on Wednesday 13/02 the date of the International Conference of the Economic Community of Southern African States, SADC, on Western Sahara.
The Minister of International Relations and Operation, said “South Africa remains committed to its position of principles, in support of the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to their self-determination and independence, a position based on the resolutions and decisions expressed by the SADC, the AU and United Nations. “By demonstrating our continued commitment to the struggle of the Saharawi people, South Africa and Namibia will host the SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara in South Africa from 25 to 26 March 2019,” said the head of South African diplomacy. Read more
Pretoria (South Africa), December 12, 2019 (SPS) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of South Africa, Lindiwe Sisulu, said in a statement that her country “will use its membership in the UN Security Council to defend the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination “.
The South African chancellery expressed its satisfaction by the resumption of the negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco, the days 5 and 6 of December in Geneva, under the auspices of United Nations and in fulfillment of the resolution 2440 of the Security Council.
Lindiwe Sisulu reaffirmed her country’s support for the negotiations, which she described as positive, and declared that “South Africa is pleased that the Polisario Front and Morocco have been able to meet to seek a political solution.” Read more
El-Aaiun (Refugee Camps), October 13, 2018 (SPS) – The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Luwellyn Tyrone Landers, started on Saturday a working visit to the Saharawi Republic.
At the first stage of his visit, the Deputy Minister arrived in the wilaya of El-Aaiun, where the authorities and people of the Daira of Hagunia the wilaya honoured him with a great official and public reception, where he observed part of the celebrations of the 43rd Anniversary of National Unity Day.
In a speech in the wilaya of El-Aaiun, Mr. Landers praised the depth and strength of the bilateral relations between South Africa and the Saharawi Republic, which was reflected in the visit of the President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the POLISARIO Front, Brahim Ghali, to Pretoria recently, noting that his country is keen to complete the sovereignty in Africa by enabling the Saharawi people to the right to self-determination and independence, as happened in East Timor.
“We will endeavor so that the Sahrawi Republic become as an observer member of the United Nations pending its full integration as an independence and Free state in all its territory,” said Mr. Landers. Read more
Abdelkader Messahel, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Algerian People’s Democratic Republic on a working visit to South Africa on 29 August 2018, was received by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and after the meetings held, they issued a joint statement reaffirming the solidarity and support of both countries to the people of Western Sahara and to the people of Palestine in their struggles for independence and sovereignty.
The two ministers recalled the historical and fraternal ties between South Africa and Algeria, recognizing that this connection was cemented during the period of the liberation struggle against colonialism and apartheid when Algeria supported and trained cadres of the liberation movement including the ex- President Nelson Mandela.
The meeting took place in the year of Nelson Mandela’s Centennial celebrations.
During their extensive exchange of views on bilateral, continental and international issues, the ministers reaffirmed their countries position on Western Sahara, namely the realization of the right of self-determination of the Saharawi people, the decolonization of Western Sahara and the rapid resolution of the conflict in the context of international legality. Read more
jacarandafm.com.- EFF vows to remove Morocco from AU. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the Embassy of Morocco does not belong in South Africa.
EFF members picketed outside the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Pretoria on Thursday, against what the party calls the illegal occupation of Western Sahara.
The party’s secretary-general Godrich Gardee addressed supporters.
“They are oppressing our people. They are the new Europe that is colonizing African people. Their embassy does not belong in the soul of the people of South Africa. The EFF government is going to close this embassy come 2019 elections when we take over from the ANC.”
The Polisario Front in Western Sahara has been fighting for independence from Morocco since 1975.
Party leader Julius Malema was this week sworn in as a member of the Pan-Africanist Parliament, which is the legislative body of the African Union (AU).
Gardee told supporters that Morocco does not belong in the AU. Read more