March 2018

UN must assume moral, legal responsibilities towards Western Sahara people (Zwelivelile Mandela)

Algiers, March 31, 2018 (SPS) - The member of the African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party in South Africa, Zwelivelile Mandela on Friday, in Algiers, called the UN Security Council to assume its moral and legal responsibilities towards Western Sahara people and to set a date for a referendum on their self-determination.

It is unacceptable UN does not protect human rights in Western Sahara, says Ghali

Algiers, March 31, 2018 (SPS) - President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and Secretary General of the Polisario Front Brahim Ghali on Friday, in Algiers, said it is unacceptable that the United Nations, which is directly responsible for the conflict zone in Western Sahara, is "absent" from protecting and monitoring human rights, welcoming Algeria's support to the Saharawi people's and their right to self-determination.

UN for SADR-Morocco direct, unconditional negotiations

New York, March 31, 2018 (SPS) -United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated the position of the United Nations (UN) in favour of direct and unconditional negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco to settle the Western Sahara conflict.

6th International Conference on Peoples' Right to Resistance opens in Algiers

Algiers, March 31, 2018 (SPS) -The 6th International Conference on Peoples' Right to Resistance opened Friday in Algiers, in the presence of President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and Secretary General of the Polisario Front Brahim Ghali, and 100 participants from 53 countries.

International community should continue to uphold Sahrawi people's right to self-determination

Algiers, March 31, 2018 (SPS) - The international community should not stop upholding Sahrawi people's inalienable right of to self-determination, said the president of the U.S. non-profit organization Defense Forum Foundation, Suzanne Scholte.

Sidati alerts EU to serious human rights situation in occupied Western Sahara

Brussels, March 31, 2018 (SPS) - Sahrawi Minister for Europe Mohamed Sidati on Thursday has alerted, once again, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, to the serious situation of Sahrawi human rights activists in the occupied Western Sahara.

"We reiterate the alert we launched on 15 March 2018 in a letter to Mogherini," Sidati told APS.

MINURSO: Guterres proposes $53.87 million budget during year 2018-19

New York, March 31, 2018 (SPS) – UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres has proposed a budget of $53.87 million to maintain the functioning of the UN Mission for the referendum in Western Sahara (Minurso) for the mandate from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

The budget proposal does not include voluntary contributions worth $ 519,000, according to the General Secretariat document, seen by APS.

South Africa signs MOU with Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic

Pretori, March 29, 2018 (SPS) -  The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Lindiwe Sisulu, and Hon Bulahi Sid, Minister of Cooperation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), signed on Thursday, 29 March 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Technical Assistance and the Exchange of Notes on Humanitarian Assistance to the Western Saharawi refugee camps.

Association for solidarity with the Saharawi people was established in Brazil

Brasilia, Brazil, March 29, 2018 (SPS) - A new association of solidarity with the Sahrawi people was established on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, in the presence of Frente POLISARIO representative in Brazil,  Embarek Ahmed, who gave an extensive presentation on the latest developments in the Sahrawi issue, in Brazil.

Australian Parliament discusses developments in Sahara issue

Australia, March 29, 2018 (SPS) - The Australian Parliament on Monday devoted part of its session to the development of the Sahara issue, especially the political and legal situation in the occupied territories and the looting of natural resources from Western Sahara.