Morocco has coerced, bribed, co-opted the international community to prevent scrutiny on its treatment of people in Western Sahara (Kerry Kennedy)

London,  Morocco has coerced, bribed, co-opted the international community to prevent scrutiny on its treatment of people in Western Sahara, Ms Kerry Kennedy said in an article posted Thursday in The Guardian.

Ms Kennedy wrote that “a recent article that appeared in this paper meticulously laid out, through analysis of leaked Moroccan diplomatic cables, the many ways Morocco has coerced, bribed, and co-opted the international community to prevent any scrutiny on its treatment of people in Western Sahara”. A reference to an article posted by Tha Guardian on Juny 17, 2015 under the title of “Leaked cables: Morocco lobbied UN to turn blind eye to Western Sahara in 'House of Cards' operation”.

In this post, the London daily spoke about a UN report that “accuses Moroccan government of intercepting communications and using ‘unethical tactics’ to influence organisation on occupied territory” of Western Sahara.

In order to maintain the status quo, “Morocco has consistently pressured UN to ignore crisis in WesternSahara”, Ms Kennedy said, adding that “Morocco has intensely lobbied the UN security council to block any attempt to include a human rights component to Minurso”, in order to use violent force against Western Sahara population like in the case of Mohamed Lamine Haidala, a young murdered by moroccans last February in El Aaiun.

According to Ms Kennedy, "stories like Haidala’s are all too common in WesternSahara, where there are large-scale human rights violations on a daily basis". “Part of the reason for this complete impunity is that there is no credible third party on the ground doing anything about the human rights abuses taking place there on a regular basis” she added.

Ms Kennedy expressed her desire to see UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to “put the issue of Morocco’s abuses in the territory front and centre” during his visit to the region later this year.

Sahrawi Students Union delegation takes part in Mediterranean Students Forum

Gallipoli (Italy), July 26, 2015 (SPS) - A delegation of Sahrawi Students Union (UESARIO) took part Saturday in the works of the second edition of the Mediterranean students Forum, which will continue until July 30, in the Italian town of Gallipoli under the theme "let’s give chance to peace," at the invitation of Italian Students Federation.
The Sahrawi delegation, composed of International Secretary Khalihena Mohamed and Iza Ibrahimsalem in charge of culture and sports, is attending the forum alongside about 400 participants from Italy in addition to delegations representing the Mediterranean countries.

 In speech on the occasion, the Saharawi delegation reminded the Mediterranean students and their governments that the Saharawi people has waited too long to be allowed to exercise their right to self-determination and independence, and that pressure must be put on the Moroccan occupation in order to comply with the international legitimacy and resolutions of the United Nations and permit the Sahrawi people to decide their own future in free and democratic way.

The Forum will be marked by organizing workshops on peace and democracy, and a special workshop on Western Sahara is scheduled activated by Sahrawi Students Union delegation to introduce the Sahrawi question to the participants, as well as screening of film "La Güera - my forgotten land" by an Italian director. (SPS)

AU reiterates support for just struggle of Saharawi people

Boumerdes, July 26, 2015 (SPS) - The new Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Algeria and the Saharawi Republic, Mr. Edwin J. Mendaza, which his country holds the rotating presidency of the African Union, reiterated Saturday the support of his country for the just struggle of the Saharawi people for liberation and independence during his address to the sixth edition of the summer university of Sahrawi executives.

"On behalf of the African diplomatic corps accredited in Algeria, we wish to reiterate the support for the legitimate struggle of the Saharawi people for self-determination and independence," said the ambassador of Zimbabwe.

"The African Union has been alongside the Saharawi people since the early hours, and will remain by its side until the recovery of its liberation and independence, so the decolonization of Africa is incomplete as Western Sahara, the last mainland colony, is under occupation, "he added. (SPS)

Inter-Maghreb peace, security and cooperation jeopardized by Morocco’s destructive policy

Boumerdes, 26 July 2015 (SPS) - Sahrawi Prime Minister Abdelkader Taleb Omar underlined Saturday, in Boumerdes, that peace, security and cooperation between the Maghreb countries are jeopardized by Morocco’s destructive policy.

Speaking at the opening of the summer university of the executives of the Polisario Front and SDAR (Sahrawi Democratic Arab Republic), which is taking place in Boumerdes from 25 July to 12 August, Mr. Abdelkader Taleb Omar said that Morocco must give up its destructive policy which compromises the peace, security and cooperation between the Maghreb countries,” in order to allow everyone to continue the building and development process and to face common threats.”

He said that Morocco which has militarily lost the battle and failed to repress the struggle of the Sahrawi people, tries to hit the security and stability of the Maghreb region by targeting its people through drug trafficking, support to terrorist groups and organized crime.”

The Sahrawi official said that “the Moroccan regime continues its repression and intimidation policy against the Sahrawi citizens in the occupied territories.” (SPS)