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WEEK 47

17.-23.11.2002

SADR

15.11.02
Denmark
Mohamed Sidati, Minister Counselor to the SADR Presidency, accompanied by Sidi Mohamed Omar, Polisario Front representative in Denmark, conducted a working visit in Denmark. The Saharawi delegation met representatives of political groups and they were received by the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee. They talked with several NGOs before taking part in the inaugural meeting of the Danish Committee of Solidarity with the Saharawi people. Those who spoke with the Saharawi minister expressed their attachment to a peaceful, fair and lasting solution to the conflict in Western Sahara, based on the self-determination of the Saharawi people.(SPS)

OCCUPIED TERRITORIES

14.11.02
27th anniversary of the Madrid Agreements
In a statement the Collective of Saharawi Human Rights defenders in "Western Sahara under Moroccan control", denounced the Madrid Accords signed 27 years ago (
full text) by Spain, Morocco and Mauritania and called on the Spanish government to revoke them. It condemns the annexation of Western Sahara by Morocco, and asks the UN to organise a referendum of self-determination on the basis of the UN/OAU peace plan of 1991 and the Houston Agreement of 1997.
Commenting on the attacks on human rights in the occupied territories, the Collective enumerates a series of demands to appeal finally to the Spanish people to put pressure on their government to shed light on the fate of disappeared Saharawis and to support the campaign launched by BIRDHSO. (
Press release )

HUMAN RIGHTS

31.10.02
Letter of a Saharawi detained in the prison of Laayoune
In a letter sent to France Libertés Fondation Danellle Mitterrand, a Saharawi describes his brutal arrest and abduction, on 24 September last, by four plain clothes policemen. Handcuffed and blindfolded with shackles on his feet, he is taken with two other prisoners to the general police station where he was insulted, beaten several times, threatened with sodomy. On 28 September, after four days of this treatment, the three are interrogated by the judicial police. They are asked to sign a report in which they admit to have tried to create a criminal band in order to burn down a police station. All sign it under duress. Since this date the group has been held in appalling conditions in the central prison of Laayoune. They appeal for people to come and verify the conditions of detention, "if the visit is authorised."(
Letter)

HUMANITARIAN AID

15.11.02
Japan
The ambassador of Japan, Akira Urabe, announced in Algiers that his government had granted 600,000 US dollars to the World Food Program for the benefit of Saharawi refugees. "Our government is concerned to supply all the aid needed by refugees throughout the world and more particularly to the Saharawi people, who have been fighting since 1975 for their independence", the ambassador emphasised. "On this subject the position of Japan remains unchanged, namely it argues for a settlement in the shortest possible time scale of the Saharawi conflict through the organisation of a referendum based on the UN resolutions and which will express the real will of the Saharawi people", he added. (SPS)

SOLIDARITY

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SAHARAUIS: HIJOS DEL DESIERTO: documental recientemente rodado en los territorios liberados del Sahara y en los campamentos de refugiados en Tinduf y terminado en agosto del 2002. Duración: 54 minutos, VHS-PAL y NTSC. Valor : 1 a 50: 12.-¤, mas de 50: 10.- ¤ + costos de envío. Forma de envío: A definir por el solicitante. Forma de pago: contra depósito en cuenta corriente. Favor contactar: Jaime Arias Rivera, Director/productor, tel: (34)600 680 700, Fax: (34)914299215, Email:
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