Western Sahara: MINURSO cannot become occupation supporter body, says Ould Salek

Algiers, September 21, 2014 (SPS) - Saharawi Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Salek said Sunday, in Algiers, that it is "inconceivable that the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) becomes a body backing occupation instead of a peace mission."
"The credibility of the United Nations is put to the test with this issue, as the very essence of UN existence is at stake, namely people's right to self-determination," the Saharawi official told a news conference.
Ould Salek said his country "strongly condemns Security Council's acting in complicity with Moroccan occupation, and especially the group of the five friends of the secretary general (four of the five permanent member countries, except china, plus Spain, a non-permanent member).
Such complicity has led Morocco to "flout international legality and to adopt a policy of intransigence, suppression and intimidation with the full knowledge of the international community and world public opinion," he stressed.
The Saharawi official broached the "hindrances" to the efforts made by UN secretary general's personal envoy, Christopher Ross, "prevented currently from visiting the region." (SPS)

Mennucci deplores Sahrawi people’s “difficult” conditions in refugee camps

Algiers, September 21, 2014 (SPS) - Head of the French delegation of Algeria-France parliamentary friendship group Patrick Mennucci deplored Sunday in Algiers the “difficult” humanitarian conditions of the Sahrawi people in the refugee camps in Tindouf.
In a joint press conference with his Algerian counterpart Belkacen Belabes, Mennucci underlined that the “unacceptable” situation and the “difficult” humanitarian conditions in which the Sahrawi people live in the camps.
Mennucci underlined the Sahrawi people’s willingness to find a political situation to their situation.
In this regard, he called for a “political exit” to the conflict in Western Sahara given the “complex” situation in the region particularly in Mali and Libya.
The French Member of Parliament said he held talks with the Sahrawi President and Sahrawi senior officials on the “Sahrawi people’s willingness to find a political solution to their situation.” (SPS)

AI launches urgent appeal to protect Sahrawi prisoners in occupied El Aaiun Local Prison

London, September 20, 2014 (SPS) -  Amnesty International (AI) initiated Thursday an appeal to protect seven Sahrawi prisoners on hunger strike against torture at the Local Prison in the occupied city of El Aaiun, on its official site.   
The organization indicated that the seven Sahrawi prisoners were “severely” beaten on 17 September in El Aaiun Local Prison and they have gone on hunger strike in protest.
The seven Sahrawi prisoners were “Mohamed Baber, Abdessalam Loumadi, Abdelmoutaleb Sarir, Mahmoud El Haissan, Aaliayne El Moussaoui, Abdelkrim Bouchalga and Abdelfattah Dallal,” who were “subjected to torture and other ill-treatment” by staff at El Aaiun Local Prison where they are detained.
The seven prisoners were “handcuffed, severely beaten in the prison courtyard in front of other detainees, and verbally abused.” And that eyewitnesses reportedly indicated that “all have sustained significant bruising and injuries.” (SPS)

France should play role in supporting peace, democracy and human rights in Western Sahara (President of Republic)

Shaheed Hafed, September 20, 2014 (SPS) - President of the Republic Secretary-General of the Polisario Front Mohamed Abdelaziz called France to play a role in supporting peace, stability and human rights in Western Sahara, in a statement following a meeting with a French delegation of Algeria-France parliamentary friendship group.
The President of the Republic underlined that France could play an important role in the era of President Francois Hollande, similar to that of Algeria under the leadership of  President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to support peace, security and stability in the region on the basis of respect for peoples’ rights, sovereignty and dignity.
President Mohamed Abdelaziz also called for advanced relations between France and Maghreb countries in general.
For his part, the Socialist deputy of the city of Marseille and the head of the delegation Mr. Patrick Minucci pledged to transfer the reality of situation of the Saharawi people and the difficult conditions experienced by the Sahrawi refugees to the French government and Parliament. (SPS)