Baku, Oct. 25 (EFE) .- The interim president of Algeria, Abdelkader Bensalah, today called on the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, to expedite the appointment of a new special envoy for Western Sahara.
“Algeria urges the UN Secretary General to accelerate the appointment of a new special envoy to continue (the work) based on previous achievements (…),” he said at the XVIII Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). .
Bensalah praised “the continued position of the NAM in supporting the rights of the Saharawis”, and urged the heads of State and Government present at the summit, which opened today in the Azerbaijani capital, to continue with this position.
PUSL.- The saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik group detained in Kenitra Prison began today, Friday a protest hunger strike of 48h in solidarity with El Bachir Boutanguiza.
Mr. Boutanguiza was put in an isolation cell on Monday 21st October for a period of ten days. Boutanguiza was sentenced to life imprisonment and suffers from several illnesses due to the torture he has been subjected to.
The prisoners in protest are Houcein Zawi (sentence 25 years) ; Abdallahi Lakfawni (life sentence); Ahmed Sbaai (life sentence); Hassan Dah (sentence 25 years) and Naama Asfari (sentence 30 years).
PUSL.- The group of young students that have been protesting since 1st of October in Rabat in front of the University building claiming their right of enrollment were attacked this Thursday evening by the Moroccan authorities.
As you can hear and see in the pictures, the young people were attacked by Moroccan police with batons. Four of the young people, 22-year-old Hamza Bouhriga, 23-year-old Yousef Bougharyon, 22-year-old Mohamed Sghir and 26-year-old Mohammed Bah were seriously injured. Hamza Bouhriga was transported to the hospital.
Despite the attack and intimidation the young Saharawis returned to the protest the following day, Friday.
Eight students were prevented from enrolling at Rabat University in law and social science courses. The officials told them that the University Board claims that they are not entitled to enroll because they are neither resident in Rabat nor have their IDs been issued in Rabat.
PUSL .- During the formal meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit, João Lourenço Head of State of Angola welcomed the holding of the first Russia-Africa Summit of Heads of State and Government (which ends tonight), which he considered “very important” for the strengthening of Russian-African relations.
He acknowledged the help of the Russians in the liberation of African countries, underlining that today the continent is largely free thanks to the commitment of the former Soviet Union.
He regretted, however, the fact that Western Sahara was still in a situation of political dependence, which he considered “unfortunate”.
PUSL.- MEP João Ferreira of the Portuguese Communist Party requested further clarification regarding Frederica Morgherini’s response to the human rights violations that took place in El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old girl.
Vice-President Federica Mogherini’s reply on behalf of the European Commission stated:
“The EU is aware of the tragic death of a 24 year old woman in Laayoune after the Algerian victory in the African Cup of Nations. According to the Moroccan authorities, inquiries are ongoing to clarify the circumstances.
Democracy and human rights are essential components of the EU’s foreign policy and of its dialogue with partner countries like Morocco. The 14th meeting of the EU-Morocco Association Council on 27 June 2019 provided an occasion to have a high level discussion on human rights issues. The Joint Political Declaration adopted during the Association Council also emphasises human rights and common values as a key area of the future cooperation.
The European Union will follow the situation of human rights in Morocco and Western Sahara through regular contacts with the competent authorities, including the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) and its regional offices, as well as with civil society organisations and human rights defenders.”