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WEEK 50

08.-14.12.2002

 

SADR

09.12.02
Visit to Germany
The President of SADR Mohamed Abdelaziz, accompanied by the coordinator with MINURSO, M'hamed Khaddad and the Polisario representative in Germany, Jamal Zakari, carried out a visit to several Länder of the Federal Republic. On 10 December the delegation was received in Bremen at the government and parliament office, where the President of the Landtag (regional government) reaffirmed his unconditional support for the self-determination of the Saharawi people and for the continued technical support of his country, which has a long tradition. On the 12th the delegation was received in the parliament of Lower Saxony in Hanover and at the town hall of Hanover. On 13 Thuringa welcomed the delegation where the authorities have, following the example of the other regions, expressed their support for the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people. (SPS)

OCCUPIED TERRITORIES

10.12.02 - 54th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - International day of human rights
El Ayoun
Over 400 prisoners from El Ayoun's civil prison - Saharawi political detainees with Saharawi and Moroccan prisoners of common law - observe a collective hunger strike on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They protested against the conditions of their confinement and denounced the assassination in that prison of Boucetta Mohamed.
Rabat-Salé
The Saharawi political detainee Tamek Ali Salem, now in the penitentiary complex of Salé also observes a 24-hour hunger strike.
Smara
The authorities of Smara have forbidden the families of disappeared Saharawis to organise a peaceful sit-in for an hour outside the barracks of the Royal Gendarmerie despite lodging a request for authorisation the previous day. Human rights defenders including Moumen Mohamed Mahmoud, were summoned by the pasha of Smara and threatened should they continue with the demonstration. (corr.).

10.12.02
Death of Boucetta Mohamed (continued)
The prison warder suspected of having tortured Boucetta Mohamed was heard by the judicial police of Laâyoune as part of an inquest ordered by the Attorney General of the King at the court of appeal of Laâyoune. This prison warder is at present held in solitary confinement. The inquest revealed that three prisoners helped him commit his crime. They declared that they had only cooperated with him from fear of future revenge if they refused to comply.
A committee of the general prison management was dispatched by the Moroccan ministry of justice to the civil prison of Laâyoune. The director of the prison was discharged from his duties following this affair.
The autopsy carried out on 30 November last by the head of the national centre of forensic medicine established that the death of Mohamed Boucetta was caused by blows and injuries received (meningeal haemorrage ie in the membrane around the brain, burst right kidney, ...), corresponding to acts of torture and physical cruelty by a third person. (corr. and Autopsy Report EC20/2002, prof S.Louahlia)

11.12.02
Appointments
Mohamed Rharrabi has been appointed wali of the region of Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra and governor of the province of Laâyoune. According to the Moroccan press, Rharrabi is known for his brilliant time in the Souss Massa where he initiated large-scale projects for the tourist industry. He attended the opening of projects on the Founty and launched the famous Marina. A communications man, Rharrabi also reactivated numerous projects while in Tetouan such as the reorganisation of road traffic. He replaces Abdellatif Guerraoui.
Mohamed Tricha, former governor director general of Moroccan TV, replaces Mohamed Machichi as wali of the Oued Eddahab Lagouira region and governor of the Oued Eddahab province. Abdelkrim Bezzâa replaces Abdelghani Sebbar in the post of governor of the province of Smara.

REFERENDUM

09.12.02
Netherlands
After a meeting with the Dutch Foundation for Self-Determination in Western Sahara, the Liberal party D'66 reaffirmed its firm attachment to the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination. The party decided to take concrete steps at party level, and also at the level of the national parliament and European parliament and to strengthen cooperation with the Foundation.

09.12.02
Spain-Russia
The Spanish minister of foreign affairs, Ana Palacio and her Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov declared, on the occasion of the Russian minister's visit to Madrid, that the two countries share the same position concerning the future of Western Sahara, in the sense that the UN should seek "a solution which takes account of the interests of all the parties involved."

REFERENDUM NOW- Action Campaign for the Implementation of the Peace Plan

12.12.02
Australia
The Australia Western Sahara Association (AWSA) sent letters to SG ofi Annan, James Baker and Thabo M'Beki as President of the African Union.

12.12.02
Basque country
With a view to the next meeting of the Security Council on Western Sahara, the Basque Parliament unanimously approved an "institutional declaration", in which it reiterates its solidarity with the just struggle of the Saharawi people, reaffirms their right to self-determination, begs the United Nations urgently to implement this right, asks the European Union for a greater involvement in the implementation of the peace plan, denounces the illegal occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco and the systematic attacks on human rights, demands the release of all Saharawi political prisoners, asks the Spanish government to maintain its position in favour of a political solution acceptable to the Saharawi people, and finally calls for humanitarian aid for the Saharawi refugees. (Declaración
Spanish)

MOROCCO

09.12.02
"On the question of the Western Sahara, the United States remains committed, as we have been for many years, to peaceful resolution of the problem. We are fully aware of its complexity and of the difficulty of resolving it but we do believe that there ought to be a peaceful resolution which takes into account the interests and concerns of all the parties and towards that end we remain strongly supportive of the efforts of Mr. James Baker, the special envoy of the UN Secretary general."
Reacting to the news release of the official Moroccan press agency (MAP), which interpreted the declaration of Burns as support for the framework agreement, Mr Khaddad, Saharawi coordinator with the UN, underlined that since the adoption of the UN settlement plan for Western Sahara in 1991, the USA "have always upheld the efforts of the United Nations with a view to finding a just solution to the conflict" and have voted in favour of the last resolution of the Security Council S/1429/2002 of July last.

10.12.02
Morocco
Omar Azzimane, present minister of Justice was appointed by the King president of the CCDH (Consultative Council of Human Rights), while Driss Benzekri, former president of the Forum of Truth and Justice (FVJ), becomes its general secretary. This appointment will not be enough to change the position of the FVJ in regard to the Council, the present president, Mohamed Sebbar said at As-Sabah, claiming that the regulation itself of the CCDH will limit its efficacity and the outcome could be very modest.

11.12.02
Spain-Morocco
The Moroccan minister of Foreign Affairs met in Madrid his Spanish counterpart to draw up "an inventory of all the points of contention" between the two countries. The only concrete result of these talks is that the two ministers will create working groups on precise subjects and will meet again in Rabat at the beginning of next year.

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