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2015-06-29 U.S. Department of State - Moroccan Security Forces Engaged in Torture, Beatings, and Other Mistreatment of Sahrawi Detainees
[SPS] Washington -The US Department of State confirmed in its report on human rights for 2014 that credible reports indicated that the Moroccan security forces engaged in torture, beatings, and other mistreatment of Sahrawi detainees in both political cases and ordinary criminal cases.

2015-06-29 Polisario Front Becomes Party to Geneva Conventions, Launches Solemn Appeal to Companies Operating in Western Sahara
[SPS] Berne -The Polisario Front, through an approach with the Swiss Federal Council, as the depositary of the Geneva Conventions, declared that it is "committed to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Protocol I in the conflict between it and the Kingdom of Morocco," according to a statement by Saharawi coordinator with MINURSO Mhamed Khaddad.

2015-06-29 SADR Grants Exploration Rights to Mining Companies
[SPS] Birlehlu -The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is currently in talks with three mining companies- Russian, Polish and Spanish - on granting them exploration rights on the liberated Sahrawi zones, according to Africa Intelligence.

2015-06-29 Saharawi Political Prisoner Sentenced to Eight Months in Prison
[SPS] El Aaiun -The Moroccan occupation court in the occupied city of El Aaiun sentenced the Saharawi political prisoner Ghali Zigham to eight months in prison, according to a source of the Ministry of the Occupied Territories and Community Abroad.

2015-06-29 The Responsibility of the UN Security Council in the Case of Western Sahara
[SPS] At the request of the UN Security Council, I delivered a legal opinion to the Council relating to Western Sahara on 29 January 2002. This I did in my capacity as the Legal Counsel of the UN at the time. The opinion concerned the legality in the context of international law of actions by the Moroccan authorities consisting in the offering and signing of contracts with foreign companies for the exploration of mineral resources in Western Sahara. My conclusion was that, if further exploration and exploitation

2015-06-29 U.S Department of State Denounces Human Rights Violations By Moroccan in Western Sahara
[Algerie Presse Service] Washington -US Department of State denounced, in its annual report 2014 on the situation of human rights in the world, the serious violations of human rights perpetrated by the Moroccan occupying forces in Western Sahara.

2015-06-29 Humanitarian Aid of Algerian Women to Sahrawi Refugees
[SPS] The National Union of Algerian Women (UNFA) delivered today humanitarian aid to Sahrawi refugees in the context of a twinning with the National Union of Saharawi Women (UNFS).

2015-06-29 Humanitarian Aid to Sahrawi Refugees - Algeria's Contribution 'Invaluable'
[SPS] Algiers -LGIERS- Algeria's contribution in terms of humanitarian aid to Sahrawi refugees is "invaluable," said the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Algiers, Hamdi Bukhari.

2015-06-29 'Holidays in Peace' Program - First Group of Saharawi Children Arrives in Andalusia
[SPS] Sevilla -A group of 160, out of a total of 1,300, Saharawi children arrived Friday at Malaga airport (Andalusia) to spend their summer holidays with the Andalusian families, as part of "Holidays in Peace" program.

2015-06-29 UN Human Rights Council - the Saharawi Delegation Organize a Workshop On Human Rights
[SPS] The delegation attending the works of the 29th session of the United Nations Council for Human Rights organized a workshop on human rights in Western Sahara where the mother Sahrawi Takbar Haddi briefed on the circumstances of the assassination of his son Mohamed Lamine Haidala.

2015-06-26 UN Committee of 24 Calls to Speed Up Decolonization Process in Western Sahara
[SPS] New York (United Nations) 25/06/2015 (SPS).- The members of the United Nations Committee of 24 (Special Committee on Decolonization) called to speed up the decolonization process in Western Sahara through the holding, without delay, of a referendum on self-determination in order to allow Sahrawi people to freely decide their future.

2015-06-26 Morocco/Western Sahara - Wafae Charaf and Oussama Housne
[SPS] Moroccan human rights and political activists Wafae Charaf and Oussama Housne were sentenced to three-year and two-year prison terms respectively in 2014 for "falsely reporting" torture. They were also convicted of slandering Morocco's police force and ordered to pay compensation, even though neither of them had accused the police. They are prisoners of conscience.

2015-06-25 Sahrawi Forces Seize Large Quantity of Drugs Near the Moroccan Wall of Shame
[SPS] Wall of Shame (liberated territories) June 24, 2015 (SPS) - A unit of Sahrawi Special Forces captured Tuesday a significant amount of drugs, two vehicles and mobile phones, said on Wednesday a statement from the Ministry of National Defence.

2015-06-26 Intense Debate On Western Sahara in the Committee of 24
[SPS] The examination of the question of Western Sahara in the UN Decolonization Committee was characterized by numerous interventions defending international legality in Western Sahara, a conflict that almost 40 years.

2015-06-26 ENP Must Respect Saharawi Right to Self-Determination
[SPS] In a relationship between two such important partners as Europe and the Arab world, the principles relating to self-determination of peoples, and the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, which is perfectly applicable to the Palestinian issue and the decolonization of Western Sahara, must be respected."

2015-06-25 African Consensus On Need for Quick Solution to Saharawi Conflict
[SPS] Algiers, 24/06/2015 (SPS).- The Saharawi ambassador to Algiers Brahim Ghali reported an "African consensus" on the need for a quick solution to the Saharawi question in accordance with international law to reach lasting and comprehensive peace in the continent."

2015-06-24 The Frustration of the Saharawi People Can No Longer Be Contained With Empty Promises (Ahmed Bukhari)
[SPS] The frustration of the Saharawi people can no longer be contained with empty promises Ahmed Boukhari, representative of the Frente Polisario, told the Special Committee - known formally as the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

2015-06-25 Family Dambar Renews Its Demands to Know Truth About the Murder of His Son
[SPS] El Aaiun (occupied territories), 24/06/2015 (SPS) - The family Dambar Said (Saharawi citizen killed more than four years ago by the occupation authorities) renewed Tuesday "their just and legitimate demands to know the truth on the crime of the murder of his son, blaming the Moroccan occupation authorities by this horrendous crime, fifty-four months after his death by the same bloody hands that continue to oppress all Sahrawis who peacefully demand their rights to freedom and existence. "

2015-06-24 Colonization of Western Sahara Must Be Brought to an Immediate and Unconditional End, Says Algerian Ambassador to the UN
[SPS] New York -The Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations Mr. Sabri BOUKADOUM said before The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, that the colonization of Western Sahara must be brought to an immediate and unconditional end in accordance with the UN charter and resolution 1514, reiterating his country firm position towards Sahrawi issue.

2015-06-24 Kafana - New Spanish Documentary About the Situation in the Saharawi Refugee Camps
[SPS] Kafana is the title of the documentary of Silvia Venegas and Juan Antonio Moreno which saw the light recently and which aims to alert about the situation in the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria, the newspaper Público.es reported yesterday.

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