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January 2013

The Autonomous Government of Murcia reiterates its commitment to the Sahrawi refugees

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Murcia (Spain), January 30, 2012 (SPS) The Director General of Social Affairs, Equality and Immigration from the Autonomous Government of Murcia, Leopoldo Navarro Guéliz Tuesday reiterated the Government's commitment in the region to continue humanitarian aid to the Sahrawi refugees, following a meeting with the representative of the Polisario Front in Murcia, Mohammed Moustafa Labat.

President of South Sudan called on Morocco to recognize SADR.

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Addis Ababa, January 30, 2013 (SPS) the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, called on the Kingdom of Morocco to recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) to end the conflict in Western Sahara, stressing that his country gained independence through a referendum of self-determination.

Christopher Ross heads to Moscow after talks in Washington

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 New York (UN) January30, 2013 – The United Nations envoy for Western Sahara Christopher Ross, is on his way to the Russian capital, Moscow, as part of consultations designed to build international support for the negotiations aimed at resolving the long-running conflict.

“These consultations aim at building additional international support for the Western Sahara negotiations in preparation for the next phase of engagement with the parties and neighbouring States, foreseen for March,” UN spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey told reporters in New York.

President of Republic likens trial of Gdeim Izik prisoners to apartheid regime

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Addis  Ababa (Ethiopia) January29,2013(SPS) - President of the  Saharawi Democratic Arab Republic (SADR), Secretary General of the Polisario Front Mohamed Abdelaziz told African Union (AU) heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa that the trial of Saharawi prisoners in the Gdeim Izik case was similar to apartheid in South Africa.

Justice and peace will not be established, as long the Saharawis deprived of their legitimate rights, says SADR President

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Addis Ababa, Jan 28, 2013 (SPS) - The President of the Republic and Secretary General of the POLISARIO Front Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz said Sunday justice and peace will not be established in Africa and the world, as long as the Saharawi people deprived of their legitimate rights”, in his speech before the 20th ordinary session of AU Heads of State and Government during the discussion of peace and security report.

AU Council of Ministers approves resolution on self-determination referendum in Western Sahara

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Addis Ababa, Jan 28, 2013 (SPS) - The African Union Council of Ministers has unanimously has approved a resolution asking AU Commission to take “all measures” in order to organize a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara, the AU agency said Sunday in Addis Ababa.

The resolution comes after a broad discussion by the AU Council of Ministers on the conflicts in Africa, including Western Sahara, based on the regulations of the Organization of African Unity and United Nations.

Rally in Paris to demand release of Saharawi political prisoners

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Paris, Jan 27, 2013 (SPS) - Hundreds of people, of which Sahrawi activists and representatives of the French civil society, gathered Saturday in the Trocadero square in Paris, capital of France, to “demand” the release of Saharawi political prisoners incarcerated in Moroccan jails.

Campaign across Britain to aware about trial of Gdeim Izik prisoners

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London, Jan 27, 2013 (SPS) - Office of the POLISARIO Representation to London has launched a campaign across Britain to aware about the military trial of Gdeim Izik detainees at Morocco’s Sale Court, scheduled for February 1st, according to POLISARIO representative to London Mr. Mohamed Limam Ali.

European MPs demand Ashton’s intervention to stop military trial of Saharawi prisoners

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Brussels, Jan 27, 2013 (SPS) - Twenty-nine European deputies have urged the EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton to immediately intervene to stop Morocco’s decision to bring 24 Saharawi political prisoners, known as Gdeim Izik group, to a military trial on February 1st, in a letter sent Friday evening.

MEPs urges Ashton to intervene to stop military trial against Saharawi political prisoners

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Brussels, January 25, 2012 (SPS) – Twenty nine European Parliamentarians has sent today a letter to The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, calling on her to urgently intervene to stop Morocco's decision  to bring 23 Sahrawi political prisoners, "Group of Gdeim Izik", before a military trial.  


MEPs recalled the bloody intervention by the Moroccan army a against Sahaharwi protest camp "Gdeim Izik" on November 08, 2010.


22nd Session of AU executive council continues

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Addis Ababa, January 25, 2012 (SPS) - The 22nd ordinary session of the African Union Executive Council of the African Union has resumed its works today in Addis Ababa.


The first day discussions highlighted the situation in Mali and terrorism in Africa.


OAU/AU 50th anniversary celebration preparations will be discussed in  Friday’s session.

Mauritanian NGO condemns bringing of the Group of Gdaim Izik before military court

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Nouakchott (Mauritania) January 24, 2013(SPS) the Mauritanian League of Solidarity with the Saharawi People, on Tuesday, condemned the decision of   the Moroccan Authorities to bring Saharawi political prisoners known as the Group of Gdaim Izik before a military court in early February.

 “It is shame to bring detainees of the Saharawi uprising for independence before a military court in the era of the Arab spring and people’s desire to freedom and emancipation” said the NGO in a press release reached SPS.

The Government decides to reduce visits of foreigners to refugee camps and liberated territories due to situation in Mali

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 Shahid Al Hafed, January23, 2013 (SPS) - The Government of the Saharawi Arab Republic has decided to reduce visits of foreigners to the Saharawi refugee camps and liberated territories  "given to  the war situation in Mali and its possible negative impact  on security and stability in the region,” said Wednesday a press release issued by  the Ministry of Cooperation.

Gathering in Paris to demand release of Saharawi Political Prisoners

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Paris (France) January23, 2013(SPS) in the  Trocadéro square in Paris, a gathering will  organize on next Saturday to protest against the military court of 24 Saharawi political prisoners on 1st February , as learned on Tuesday  from some organizers.

Member of Danish Parliament raises to his Government the decision of Morocco to bring the Group of Gdaim Izik before a military court

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Copenhagen (Denmark) January23, 2013- member of the Danish Parliament (Folketinget), representing the Red-Green Alliance Party, Mr. Christian Juhl, on Wednesday, addressed interpellations to Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Villy Sovndal, related to the intention of the Moroccan government to present before a military Court the 24 Saharawi human rights activists know as Gdaim Izik Group, who have been imprisoned in Salé prison, according to the Polisario Representation in Copenhagen.

Resumption of visits between Saharawi families from Wednesday

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Shahid Alhafed  (Saharawi refugee camps), January 22, 2012 (SPS) -  the resumption of   visits of Saharawi families  between the Occupied Territories and the Saharawi refugee camps,  will restart on Wednesday, Jan. 23, according to a statement from the Office of the  Saharawi coordinator with  the MINURSO.


The office indicated that the technical problems that prevented the functioning of the program last week have been surpassed and therefore, the program will continue in its natural form, the usual starting on Wednesday.

UN allocates financial assistance to Sahrawi refugees

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New York, January 22, 2013 (SPS) The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, on Monday  announced the allocation of some $100 million from an emergency account to boost operations in 12 poorly- funded crises including the Sahrawi refugees in the Tindouf camps (Algeria).

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) selected 12 countries on the basis of the severity of humanitarian need and an analysis of funding levels.  

Argentine Cathedral engaged in an international campaign of solidarity with Saharawi detainees in Moroccan prisons

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BUENOS AIRES, January 22, 2013 (SPS) - The free cathedral of studies on Western Sahara at the National University of Argentina involvement in the international campaign for  supporting  the Saharawi political prisoners in Moroccan prisons scheduled to begin from next Saturday, according to  Saharawi source  of the  Polisario representation in  Buenos Aires.