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Spanish NGO’s Call for Release of Sahrawi-Born Spanish Woman Held in Tindouf

Tarragona (Spain) – Moroccan and Spanish NGOs staged Thursday in Tarragona (south of Catalonia) a new demonstration in solidarity with Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a Spanish young woman of Sahrawi descent held in captivity since last summer by the Polisario in the Tindouf camps in Algeria. Dozens of Spanish human rights activists took part in this sit-in which is part of a series of demonstrations scheduled b ...

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Spain Demands Release of Sahrawi Woman Held Captive In Tindouf

Madrid  -  The Spanish government demanded a swift solution to the situation of young Sahrawi woman Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, who is held captive in the camps of Tindouf since last summer.  A statement by the Spanish foreign affairs ministry, issued on Thursday, said that the government is following "with a lot of interest" this issue and demands a swift and positive solution to the situation of young Sahr ...

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Morocco’s Autonomy for Western Sahara “Serious, Realistic, Credible”: US Ambassador

Rabat  - US ambassador in Morocco, Dwight Bush, reiterated Washington's support to the Moroccan autonomy proposal in the ‘Western Sahara’, which it has repeatedly welcomed as "serious, realistic and credible". "We continue to consider as serious, realistic and credible the autonomy proposal made by Morocco to settle the dispute", the US diplomat said in an interview with Moroccan "Al Massae" daily. He insis ...

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Spain Strives to Release Sahrawi-born Spanish Woman in Tindouf: Spanish FM

Madrid  - Spanish foreign minister José Manuel García-Margallo said "daily measures" are being taken to ensure the release of the Spanish young woman of Sahrawi descent Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf held in captivity by the Polisario since last summer in the Tindouf camps in southwestern Algeria. The embassy and the consulate of Spain in Algiers "are taking daily measures" in order to end Mahjouba’s detention, ...

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Catalonia: Demo Thursday in solidarity with Sahrawi-born Spanish Woman Detained in Tindouf

Barcelona - The Moroccan-Spanish platform for supporting the Spanish young woman of Sahrawi descent Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf will organize Thursday in Tarragona (100 km south of Barcelona) a new sit-in to protest against her detention since last summer by the Polisario in the Tindouf camps in Algeria. This new sit-in is part of a series of demonstrations scheduled by Moroccan and Spanish NGOs across Spain ...

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Morocco to Spend MAD 15 Million on Documentary Films on ‘Western Sahara’

Marrakech - According to Mustapha El Khalfi, the spokesman for the Minister of Communication and Government, the Morocco has allocated a budget of MAD 15 million to produce documentary films about the so-called Western Sahara. In a press conference held last Thursday, in Rabat, the Ministry of Communication, in cooperation and the Moroccan Cinema Center, announced that they will co-produce documentaries on ...

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Adoptive family of woman detained in Tindouf fears for her life

Madrid - The adoptive family of Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Spanish woman of Sahrawi descent held in captivity since last summer in the Tindouf camps (in Algeria) by the Polisario, said they fear for her after she received death threats in case she attempts to escape, as voices in Spain and elsewhere are raising to call for her immediate and unconditional release. "Mahjouba is held against her will. ...

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Sahrawis in Tindouf ‘should be free to advocate options other than independence’:HRW

Algiers  -  Sahrawis living in the Algeria-based Tindouf camps "should be free to advocate options other than independence for the Western Sahara without any imposed restrictions by the Polisario leaders," said Saturday Human Right Watch (HRW). "The Polisario Front should ensure that camp residents are free to challenge its policies and leadership and advocate options other than independence for the Western ...

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HWR: Algeria Legally Responsible for Ensuring Respect for Human Rights in Tindouf Camps

Algiers  - While the Polisario governs the refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria ultimately has the responsibility to ensure the protection of the rights of all persons on its soil, Human Rights Watch said Saturday in Algiers. "Algeria should publicly acknowledge its legal responsibility for ensuring respect for the rights of everyone on its territory, including residents of the Polisario-run refugee camps", HW ...

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HRW urges Polisario to allow Mahjouba to exercise her right to freedom

Algiers  -  Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the Polisario to allow the young Sahrawi women Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, held in captivity in the Tindouf camps, to exercise her rights of freedom and movement. "Illegal confinement of a person is a serious criminal offense", HWR recalled during a press conference on human rights violations in the Tindouf camps. The front Polisario, which "governs the camps sh ...

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Moroccan, Spanish NGOs Condemn Detention of Saharawi Woman in Tindouf

Madrid  - Moroccan and Spanish associations as well as political parties' sections in Catalonia (north-eastern Spain) called to stage demonstrations to protest against detaining, since last summer, a young Sahrawi holding the Spanish nationality in the camps of Tindouf (south Algeria), in breach of basic principles of human rights and people's free movement. The coordinator of Morocco's USFP party in Spain ...

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‘Western Sahara’: Morocco Sees ‘No Alternative’ to Negotiations on Autonomy Initiative

United Nations - Morocco "sees no alternative to negotiations on the Autonomy Initiative" to settle the ‘Western Sahara’ issue, Morocco's Ambassador, permanent representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, said Tuesday. "This is no take it or leave it. It is negotiable, amendable and improved. However, it cannot be ruled out, set aside or substituted by any other proposal," the Moroccan diplomat said b ...

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