The Union of Sahrawi Journalists and Writers (UPES in Spanish) is a non-governmental organisation based in the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and deals with all political, cultural, social and vocational interests of Sahrawi Journalists and Writers in the refugee camps, the occupied territories of Western Sahara and in the Diaspora.
The administering body of the UPES is composed of a Secretary General and an Executive Board, elected by the General Assembly that is held every four years to discuss and adopt the Statute and the programme of action of the Union.
The Union enjoys administrative and financial autonomy.
In accordance with its Statute, the UPES aims to:
– Consolidate the freedom of expression and the right to access to information;
– Promote the freedom of journalism and journalists and provide them with immunity during the performance of their duties; maintain their dignity and defend their rights and interests;
– Consolidate and deepen the culture of human rights within society and ensure freedom and entitlement to one’s own opinion;
– Contribute to the dissemination and defence of democracy;
– Oppose all forms of colonialism, racism and discrimination and defend peoples’ rights to self-determination;
– Follow up and expose Moroccan colonial practices in the occupied territories of Western Sahara and to unveil schemes and systematic media fallacies against the Sahrawi people.