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Norway’s Central Bank excludes two oil companies working in Western Sahara

The Central Bank of Norway excluded two oil companies working off the coast of Western Sahara for Morocco, because of the “serious violations of the basic ethical standards,” according to the Bank’s Council of ethics, cited by the news agency Reuters. Cairn Energy, a company of production and supply of energy based in Edinburgh and the American Kosmos Energy were excluded because of serious violations of the basic ethical standards through their exploration for hydrocarbons off the coast of Western Sahara for the benefit of the Moroccan authorities, said the Council on ethics, calling to exclude them, said the agency. A decision ratified by the board of directors, the latter relying on the basis of the recommendation of the Council of ethics. The board of directors is convinced that the exclusion criteria were met, said for its part the Central Bank of Norway. Western Sahara is Africa’s last colony, occupied since 1975 by Morocco supported by France. SPS

Saharawi refugees: UNHCR to call on international donors July 12 in Geneva

United nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Algeria intends to call on international donors on July 12, in Geneva, for support to Saharawi refugees, according to the UN representative in Algeria. The announcement was made Monday evening on the occasion of the International Refugee Day, marked in Algiers by a fast-breaking meal at the Palace of Culture, in the presence of African refugees and humanitarian partners. The event was also attended by the minister of National Solidarity, Family and Women's Affairs, Mounia Meslem. "Meeting their needs in terms of humanitarian aid remains a must for the thousands of Saharawis living in deplorable humanitarian conditions," Hamdi Bukhari told APS. "A call giving details about those needs will be launched before the meeting of July 12." "Algeria and its government are taking care of the refugees," he stressed. "The Algerian authorities, whom I warmly thank, ensures access to healt…

MEP Paloma Lopez worried about deterioration in Sahrawi prisoner Mohamed El Hafed Yazza's health

Spanish Member of European Parliament Paloma Lopez is worried about the health of Sahrawi political prisoner Mohamed El Hafed Yazza and called on the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini to take necessary measures to ensure respect for this fundamental rights and his release. In a written question addressed to Mogherini, Lopez affirmed that Mohamed El Hafed Yazza, who observes a hunger strike, is in a "critical condition" as Moroccan authorities refused to provide him with healthcare. The Spanish MP questioned Mogherini about measure to release this prisoner and ensure respect for his fundamental rights. She stressed that the EU Parliament has repeatedly drawn the attention of the EU commission on these infringements.

Humanitarian aid to Sahrawi refugees: Donor countries to meet in Geneva in July

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will hold, in July in Geneva, a meeting of the donor countries to support the humanitarian aid to the refugees of Western Sahara, said this UN agency. “UNHCR will hold a meeting on 12 July 2016 in Geneva to call on the financial backers to contribute to the financing of the humanitarian aid for the Sahrawi refugees,” the representative of this agency in Algeria Hamdi Bukhari told APS on the eve of the celebration of the  World Refugee Day. During his last visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps, the United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed a message to the international donors to increase their aid to these forgotten people. “A meeting of the donor countries is expected to be held in Geneva shortly,” said UN Secretary General in a statement to the press during this visit. Bukhari underlined that this meeting, which will be held with the participation of several UN agencies, aims at increasing the number of the donors …

Western Sahara: Morocco seeks to end peace process, says Boukhari

Morocco has chosen the course of confrontation with the international community to end the United Nations-led peace process, said Polisario Front's Representative to the UN Ahmed Boukhari. In his address at the session of the Special Committee on Decolonization, held in New York on Friday, Boukhari said that the colonizing power has chosen the option of confrontation with the international community to end the peace process and push the region into the worst-case scenarios. "If this situation continues, it would be an international crime against the Sahrawi people and a constant threat to peace and security in the region," he warned. Boukhari underlined that holding a referendum on self-determination is a key element of a peaceful solution to the 40-years-long conflict, reiterating the request for a special session of the Committee on Western Sahara. "Morocco's direct attack against the secretary general after his visit to Western Sahara in March, and its unilat…