Federica Morgherini responds to IU on the situation of Saharawi political prisoners

PUSL.- Federica Morgherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, replied in writing to the questions put by the Spanish MEP, Paloma Lopez, of Izquierda Unida on the situation of Sahrawi political prisoners in the Gdeim Izik Group.

Lopez had presented in the last months of 2018 two questions about the risk situation of the Saharawi political detainees held in Tiflet2, Morocco.

The four members of the Gdeim Izik group have been in prolonged confinement for over a year and have been victims of ill-treatment and intentional medical malpractice, have carried out several hunger strikes and their case has been widely denounced not only to the European Union but also to the United Nations mechanisms.

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Morocco denounces acts of the Polisario, but the UN does not see any violation

United Nations, Jan 11 (lavanguardia.com) .- The UN confirmed today that it has received a letter from Morocco with denunciations of several recent actions of the Polisario Front, but considered that none of them constituted a violation of the ceasefire agreements .

The UN mission in the area, Minurso, was present in the alleged incidents and “did not observe anything that would constitute a violation under the terms of the applicable agreements,” spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters.

The spokesman recalled that the Minurso has established procedures to observe this type of situation and that, when it identifies violations, it immediately shares them with the parties so that they respond and notifies them to the UN Security Council.

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The Polisario Front destroys the last land mines that it stored

Brahim Ghali informed the UN Secretary General about the destruction of the last stockpile of landmines stored by the Polisario Front

New York, January 10, 2019 (SPS) – The President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr. Brahim Ghali informed the UN Secretary General about the destruction of the last arsenal of land mines stored by the Polisario Front.

Brahim Ghali added, in his letter, that “The destruction of the arsenal of landmines is a clear sign of the Polisario Front’s willingness to collaborate in the cleanup of the landmines that sow terror, especially in the liberated part of Western Sahara” .

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Family prevented from visiting Saharawi political prisoner Sidahmed Lemjeyid

PUSL.- According to information received from the family, the prison administration prevented several times the visit to Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Saharawi political prisoner, currently currently detained in the local prison of Ait Melloul 2.

The local prison administration of Ait Melloul, on the outskirts of the city of Agadir, south of Morocco, denied last Monday 7th January 2019, the right to family visit of the Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group.

The prison administration denied the right of visitation three times in the las months on December 24th, January 2nd and January 7th, in violation of the Moroccan law regarding prisoners rights.

The prison administration did not give any justification for their arbitrary denial of the visit from the family.

Mr. Lemjeyid family protested for several hours in front of the prison but did not receive any explanation.

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Reduction of food rations for Sahrawi refugees

diario16.com.- The United Nations World Food Program is forced to reduce food rations for Sahrawi refugees living in Algeria

The lack of funds available from the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations has as consequence that Sahrawi refugees living in the camps in Algeria receive reduced rations of food that do not meet the minimum daily needs.

WFP has had to distribute less food as a last resort in order to extend food assistance to refugees over time. The problem is that the hundreds of thousands of Sahrawis living in the Algerian camps have already received limited rations for decades that the cuts in the WFP budget have caused them to be further reduced to the point where the risk of malnutrition and anemia will increase dangerously.

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The US Congress excludes Western Sahara from Morocco

The Saharawi digital newspaper La Realidad, DLR. 06/01/2019.- In a new bill, the United States Congress excludes Western Sahara from the public spending budget for Morocco by 2019.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives of the United States approved a bill that excludes Western Sahara from the financial aid for the year 2019 destined for Morocco in the budget of public expenditure, unlike in recent years, particularly in 2018, an American position that confirms that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara.

Reuters said that “The bill states that aid to Western Sahara is completely separate from that for Morocco, and clearly refers to Western Sahara as a distinct political entity from that of Morocco.”

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Salah Lebsir Political prisoner and Saharawi journalist transferred to Bouzakarn prison

PUSL.- The political activist and Saharawi media activist, Salah Eddine Lebsir, was transferred from Tata prison to the Bouzakarn prison last night.

Salah Eddine Lebsir was arrested on June 6, 2015, for his participation in peaceful demonstrations in the city of Smara, vindicating the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people. He is a political activist and journalist known to the Moroccan authorities. Lebsir was sentenced to 4 years ending his sentence in June 2019.

During the time of incarceration, he has carried out several hunger strikes, demanding humane treatment and respect for his elementary rights.

The jornalist was now transferred from Tata prison that is 719Km from El Aaiun (capital of Western Sahara) to Bouzakarn which is 479km away.

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Australian Labour Party approves resolution supporting self determination of the Saharawi people

PUSL.- The Australian Labour Party passed a resolution during its National Conference this week. The australian Labour party is expected to win the next parlamentarian electionsin 2019.

The approved resolution on Saharawi self-determination expresses full support for the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, to revive the peace process between parties to the dispute in Western Sahara.

The Australian Labour party also expresses deep concern about the situation of human rights in Western Sahara and urges the UN to mandate its mission in Western Sahara to monitor and uphold human rights.

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Gdeim Izik prisoners the plight does not end

PUSL.- 518 days have passed since the last sentencing of the Saharawi political prisoners known as Gdeim Izik Prisoners.

2963 days after the dismantling of the non-violent Gdeim Izik protest camp and the following detentions and abductions of Saharawi civilians.

The 19 detainees of the Gdeim Izik group are still subjected to ill-treatment, harassment and even torture after two trials (military trial in 2010 and Appeal court in 2016/2017).

Medical attention is denied to these prisoners, who suffer not only from the consequences of the brutal tortures they were submitted to but also from chronical diseases that were pre-existing or acquired after detention due to the conditions of detainment, like asthma, rheumatism, diabetes,   amongst other. 

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National Security Adviser to the White House, John Bolton, expresses “frustration” over the stagnation of Western Sahara

WASHINGTON, (elperiodicodemexico.com) – The National Security Adviser of the White House, John Bolton, expressed Thursday his “frustration” for the lack of progress in resolving the political dispute over Western Sahara and asked “how can it be justified” that the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MINURSO) continues to be extended.

Bolton has outlined the strategy of the Donald Trump Administration for Africa and has used the example of MINURSO, whose initial mandate he himself contributed to draft in 1991, to demand a change of approach in relation to international peace missions.

Trump’s advisor has acknowledged his “frustration” for the lack of progress in resolving the dispute over Western Sahara. “I would like to see this resolved if the parties can agree on a way out. That is my preference, “he told reporters at a Washington think tank, according to Reuters.

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