Spanish Sahara http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29095/all en Rival protests outside Morocco trial of 24 Sahrawis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/rival-protests-outside-morocco-trial-24-sahrawis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rival protests were held on Friday outside a military tribunal in the Moroccan capital where 24 Sahrawis accused of killing members of the security forces in the Western Sahara in 2010 are being tried.</p> <p>The politically charged trial, which is being attended by a number of independent foreign observers, has been repeatedly delayed, with the defendants held in custody for more than two years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/rival-protests-outside-morocco-trial-24-sahrawis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:00:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742797 at http://www.globalpost.com Rival protests outside Morocco trial of 24 Sahrawis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/rival-protests-outside-morocco-trial-24-sahrawis-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rival protests were held on Friday outside a military tribunal in the Moroccan capital where 24 Sahrawis accused of killing members of the security forces in the Western Sahara in 2010 are in the dock.</p> <p>The politically charged trial, which is being attended by a number of independent foreign observers, has been repeatedly delayed, with the defendants held in custody for more than two years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/rival-protests-outside-morocco-trial-24-sahrawis-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:45:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743018 at http://www.globalpost.com Moroccan military court adjourns trial of 24 Sahrawis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/moroccan-military-court-adjourns-trial-24-sahrawis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The military trial of 24 Sahrawis accused of killing members of the Moroccan security forces in the Western Sahara opened on Friday and was adjourned until February 8.</p> <p>During the hearing, which lasted more than five hours, the defendants were charged with violence against the security forces leading to death and the mutilation of the victims' corpses, sources who were inside the court told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/moroccan-military-court-adjourns-trial-24-sahrawis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:00:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743373 at http://www.globalpost.com Moroccan military court adjourns trial of 24 Sahrawis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/moroccan-military-court-adjourns-trial-24-sahrawis-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The military trial of 24 Sahrawis accused of killing members of the Moroccan security forces in the Western Sahara opened on Friday and was adjourned until February 8.</p> <p>The politically charged trial, which took place at a military tribunal in Rabat after repeated delays, was attended by around 50 independent foreign observers, as well as relatives of the victims and Moroccan rights activists.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/moroccan-military-court-adjourns-trial-24-sahrawis-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:45:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743422 at http://www.globalpost.com Moroccan military court adjourns trial of 24 Sahrawis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/moroccan-military-court-adjourns-trial-24-sahrawis-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The military trial of 24 Sahrawis accused of killing members of the Moroccan security forces in the Western Sahara opened on Friday and was adjourned until February 8.</p> <p>The politically charged trial, which took place at a military tribunal in Rabat after repeated delays, was attended by around 50 independent foreign observers, as well as relatives of the victims and Moroccan rights activists.</p> <p>The defendants, two of whom were absent from Friday's hearing, are accused of violence against the security forces leading to death and the mutilation of the victims' corpses.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/moroccan-military-court-adjourns-trial-24-sahrawis-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:15:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743503 at http://www.globalpost.com Morocco rejects demand for civilian trial of Sahrawis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/morocco-rejects-demand-civilian-trial-sahrawis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Moroccan military court on Saturday rejected demands to grant a civilian trial to 24 Sahrawis accused of killing members of the security forces in the Western Sahara, judicial sources said.</p> <p>Defence lawyers, echoing rights groups, have pressed for a civilian trial, arguing that the military court lacks "competence" and "respect for the principle of public process," one source said.</p> <p>But the court dismissed the request as legally unfounded, the official MAP news agency said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/morocco-rejects-demand-civilian-trial-sahrawis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 16:45:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751121 at http://www.globalpost.com Sahrawis jailed for killing of W. Sahara security forces http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/sahrawis-jailed-killing-w-sahara-security-forces <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Moroccan military court on Sunday handed prison sentences, including life terms, to a group of Sahrawis accused of killing members of the security forces in the Western Sahara in 2010.</p> <p>Among the 24 defendants in court in Rabat, eight were jailed for life and four received 30-year prison terms, the MAP agency reported.</p> <p>Two of the accused who received the lightest sentences, two years in jail, have already served their terms in custody.</p> <p>A 25th defendant was tried in absentia and given a life sentence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/sahrawis-jailed-killing-w-sahara-security-forces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 05:45:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757960 at http://www.globalpost.com Sahrawis jailed for killing of W. Sahara security forces http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/sahrawis-jailed-killing-w-sahara-security-forces-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Moroccan military court on Sunday handed prison sentences, including life terms, to a group of Sahrawis accused of killing members of the security forces in the Western Sahara in 2010.</p> <p>Among the 24 defendants in court in Rabat, eight were jailed for life and four received 30-year prison terms, the MAP agency reported.</p> <p>Two of the accused who received the lightest sentences, two years in jail, have already served their terms in custody. A 25th defendant was tried in absentia and given a life sentence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/sahrawis-jailed-killing-w-sahara-security-forces-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 20:45:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5758497 at http://www.globalpost.com Morocco jails 24 over Western Sahara clash in 2010 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130217/morocco-jails-24-over-western-sahara-clash-2010 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>RABAT, Feb 17 (Reuters) - A Moroccan military court on Sunday jailed 24 defendants accused of killing members of the security forces who stormed a protest camp in the disputed Western Sahara in 2010, state news agency MAP said.</p> <p>The Rabat court jailed eight of the 24 for life and four dependents received 30-year prison terms. Another eight were given 25 years and two others were handed 20-year sentences.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130217/morocco-jails-24-over-western-sahara-clash-2010" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara Western Sahara Thomson Reuters Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:15:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5758505 at http://www.globalpost.com Morocco rights group: end military trial of civilians http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/morocco-rights-group-end-military-trial-civilians <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Moroccan rights group is calling for an end to civilians being tried in military court, as part of a drive to bring the law in line with a new constitution, its president said on Tuesday.</p> <p>The call by the official National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) comes after a military court last month jailed 25 Sahrawis implicated in deadly violence in the Western Sahara.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/morocco-rights-group-end-military-trial-civilians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:01:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774022 at http://www.globalpost.com UN W. Sahara envoy to start new talks tour http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/un-w-sahara-envoy-start-new-talks-tour <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>UN envoy on the Western Sahara conflict, Christopher Ross, is to start a new tour next week in a bid to revive talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front, a UN spokesman said Friday.</p> <p>Ross will visit the disputed territory, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania during the tour from March 20 to April 3, said deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey.</p> <p>"The current conflict in Mali and the heightened risks of instability and insecurity in the Sahel and beyond make a solution to the Western Sahara conflict more urgent than ever," said Del Buey.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/un-w-sahara-envoy-start-new-talks-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:31:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5784723 at http://www.globalpost.com UN Western Sahara envoy kicks off new tour http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/un-western-sahara-envoy-kicks-new-tour <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN envoy on the Western Sahara Christopher Ross met Moroccan officials in Rabat on Wednesday at the start of a new two-week tour of the region aimed at reviving peace talks to end the decades-old conflict.</p> <p>The tour, which will take Ross to the Western Sahara, Algeria and Mauritania, comes amid heightened insecurity across the Sahel region, making a solution to the conflict "more urgent than ever," UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey said before the trip.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/un-western-sahara-envoy-kicks-new-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara United Nations Western Sahara AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:46:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5788990 at http://www.globalpost.com Morocco police attack Sahrawis during UN visit: Algeria TV http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/morocco-police-attack-sahrawis-during-un-visit-algeria-tv <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Moroccan police violently dispersed a protest by separatists in the Western Sahara, Algerian TV and rights activists reported on Monday, during a visit to the disputed territory by UN envoy Christopher Ross.</p> <p>The independent Ennahar TV channel broadcast images of plainclothes Moroccan police beating Sahrawi men and women in Laayoune, chasing them through the streets and dragging some of them along the ground.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/morocco-police-attack-sahrawis-during-un-visit-algeria-tv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara United Nations Western Sahara AFP Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:00:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5793154 at http://www.globalpost.com Algeria sees 'hope of progress' in WSahara http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/algeria-sees-hope-progress-wsahara <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci met UN envoy Christopher Ross on Monday and spoke of the "hope of progress" on the decades-old Western Sahara conflict during his latest visit to the region.</p> <p>"I would like to see in this new visit by Mr Ross the hope of progress that could be achieved between the two parties, namely Morocco and the Polisario," Medelci told national radio.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/algeria-sees-hope-progress-wsahara" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:15:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5798623 at http://www.globalpost.com Morocco must free jailed Sahrawis or hold fair trial http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/morocco-must-free-jailed-sahrawis-or-hold-fair-trial <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Morocco's military trial and imprisonment of 25 Sahrawis, nine of them for life, violated international law, Human Rights Watch charged on Monday, calling on Rabat to either free or retry the defendants in a civilian court.</p> <p>The New York-based rights watchdog said the military tribunal rejected defense demands to investigate the allegations by the accused that police had tortured them and forced them to sign statements they had not read.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/morocco-must-free-jailed-sahrawis-or-hold-fair-trial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Spanish Sahara Western Sahara AFP Mon, 01 Apr 2013 19:16:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5798756 at http://www.globalpost.com