Two cases of Covid 19 in the occupied territories of Western Sahara

PUSL.- As confirmed by a former MP of the Moroccan Parliament, two moroccan citizens in Bojador are infected with Covid 19.

The infected cases were trasnferred to El Aaiun hospital according to sources on the ground.

So far the Moroccan government did not yet issue any public statement.

Yesterday the new market of El Aaiun was working as usual with hundred of visitors.

The Moroccan authorities have according to moroccan press being building sand walls around El Aaiun to prevent the traffic in an out of the occupied citiy. On the same time though dozens of Saharawi who were in treatment in Moroccan hospitals in Morocco were sent home and had to wait long hours to enter El Aaiun. At the entrance of the city no tests were made nor their temprature were taken.

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Mhamed Khaddad, head of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Polisario Front passed away this morning

PUSL.- The prominent Saharawi diplomat Mhamed Khaddad died today in a hospital in Madrid after prolonged illness. Mr. Khaddad was in treatment for a cancer for several months in the Spanish capital.

The Saharawi head of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Polisario Front and Coordinator with MINURSO Mr. Khaddad was well known for his diplomatic capabilities.

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UN special Rapporteur of Human Rights Defenders renews his grave concerns regarding saharawi detainee Walid El Batal

PUSL.- In the Addendum Observations on communications transmitted to Governments and replies received concerning the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights, a special mention is made to the case of Saharawi political prisoner Mr. Walid El Batal and the situation of Human Rights Defenders which are subjected to intimidation aimed at discouraging their work in the field of human rights and limiting exercise of their rights to freedom of association and freedom of expression.

In paragraph 702 the Addendum is stated:

702. Concerning the case of the Saharawi journalist Mr. Walid El Batal, Special Rapporteur renews his grave concerns regarding his arrest and detention, ranging from allegations of violence allegedly committed by the police at the time of his arrest and interrogation, to allegations of confession under duress and failure to respect the guarantees of a fair trial. The Special Rapporteur also remains concerned that according to information received, human rights defenders in Western Sahara are regularly subjected to intimidation aimed at discouraging their work in the field of human rights and limiting the exercise of their rights to freedom of association and freedom of expression.

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Western Sahara: 139,000 t of frozen fish illegally exported by Morocco in 2019

aps.dz.- BRUSSELS – The quantities of frozen fish from Western Sahara, illegally exported by Morocco in 2019, are around 139,000 tonnes for $ 100 million, reveals a new report by the Western Sahara Resources Watch Observatory (WSRW).

“According to what WSRW was able to establish, 23 transshipments on 19 different refrigerated vessels took place in the waters near Dakhla” city of occupied Western Sahara, “during the calendar year 2019,” said the observatory.

WSRW’s most conservative estimate of the value of this quantity of frozen fish using the world price of sardines as a benchmark is around $ 100 million.

The volume observed in 2019 is almost similar to what WSRW had observed the previous year.

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Over 400 signatures from all over the world: LETTER TO UN MEMBERS TO WARN OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF COVID – 19 ON THE ENTIRE SAHRAWI POPULATION

PUSL.- 405 NGO’s, associations, social and civil movements, parties, trade unions, politicians, MP’s, lawyers, doctors, scientists, teachers, researchers, journalists, human rights defenders and others from all over the world (Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania) signed the letter concerning the Saharawi People during the Covid 19 pandemic that was sent to H.E. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; H.E. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and all the members of the Security Council of the United Nations.

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Letter to UN members to warn of the consequences of COVID – 19 on the entire Sahrawi population

PUSL.- Through the following letter we intend to draw the attention of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Members of the United Nations Security Council to the serious situation that the COVID pandemic – 19 can generate to the Saharawi population both in the occupied territories and in the Refugee Camps in Tindouf as well as Saharawi political prisoners incarcerated in Moroccan prisons.

You can send your support and adherence to it to porunsaharalibre.org@gmail.com, deadline for sending support is Thursday, March 26.

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UN investigation into fraud and other illegalities on peacekeeping operations includes MINURSO

PUSL.- UNITED NATIONS – The UN’s internal supervisory body published in a report (https://undocs.org/en/A/74/305(PartII) on UN peace operations that the number of fraud cases it has decided to investigate last year has increased by almost 80% compared to 2018, while the number of cases of sexual exploitation and abuse has increased by 40%.

The 2019 report by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, which circulated last Friday, discloses that the largest number of cases investigated occurred in the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, followed by peace maintenance operations in Mali, Congo, Western Sahara and South Sudan.

According to the report, of the 249 investigations, 44 cases involved the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, 36 in Mali, 35 in Congo, 33 in Western Sahara and 30 in South Sudan, sixteen related to the UN political mission in Afghanistan and another 55 involved 18 other peacekeeping operations.

In Western Sahara, investigations included conduct prohibited by an official and a military observer and medical insurance fraud by a UN official.

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Hundreds of Moroccan settlers leave Western Sahara

PUSL.- According to online media, hundreds of Moroccans are heading to airports, bus stations and collective taxis to leavethe occupied territory and return to their home cities in Morocco due to the COVID-19.

At the same time, we were informed by Saharawi activists on the ground that Morocco is sending an impressive contingent of military personnel from Morocco to the occupied territories.

“Many of these soldiers are in police or civilian uniforms” commented one of the activists.

To date, no figures have been released for the COVID-19 in the occupied territories. The large movement of troops, police and auxiliary forces, as well as heavy traffic to transport stolen resources, facilitates the transmission of the virus.

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63 PERSONALIDADES PORTUGUÉS ENVÍAN CARTA ABIERTA AL SECRETARIO GENERAL DE LA ONU

His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres

Secretary-General of the United Nations

Excellency,

17th March 2020

The third International Decade for Eradication of Colonialism proclaimed by the United Nations will end in 2020. For forty- ve years, the people of Western Sahara, the last colony in Africa, await to see their inalienable right to self-determination recognized in practice.

The human as well as the political, economic, social, cultural and environmental costs of more than four decades-old deadlock are beyond description: prolonged family separation, forced exile, an unaccountable number of persons a ected by anti-personnel landmines, living in a provisional, precarious and inhospitable situation in the Tindouf Region, systematic vio- lations of human rights in the occupied territories (including extra-judicial executions, forced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, torture, unfair trials, harsh prison sentences for political prisoners, intimidation and harassment, discrimination with respect to education, healthcare and employment, isolation from the outside world), generations living without hope, environ- mental destruction and looting of the territory’s natural resources, political instability in the region, among other costs.

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Abdallah Abbahah, Saharawi political prisoner under investigation

PUSL.- According to information from Abdallah Abbahah’s family, the prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group was subject of an investigation process ordered by the King’s prosecutor.

Indeed, Mr. Abbahah was summoned last Tuesday, March 10, following a complaint by the Tilfet2 Prison Director, where he is being held.
He was not allowed to be heard with his lawyer since there was no official summoning.

The alleged charge against Mr. Abbahah was that the detainee did not comply with internal rules including medical appointments.

This investigation took place without the knowledge of the defense lawyer, Maître Olfa Ouled, of the detainee and without prior notice to the detainee.

The accusation is made shortly after Maître Ouled had early February informed the Rapporteur on Reprisals of the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) about the medical reprisals her client has to face. Her letter was sent to the Moroccan authorities in early March.

In her last letter to the Rapporteur, Maître Ouled recalled that none of the measures which aims to preserve the life of her client has been respected. Worse , after Maître Ouled informed the CAT earlier this year that Mr. Abbahah did not have any medical attention and that he was not given the results of the blood exams, the prison director told him that he could have a doctor if Mr.Abbahah would pay for it.

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