Morocco Questions Human Rights Watch Report on Tindouf Camps, Maghreb Arab Press Reports

Earlier this month, Human Rights Watch issued a report on the human rights situation in the Polisario-run refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, which cited a number of disturbing examples of abuse and violations at the hands of the Polisario. In an interview with Maghreb Arab Presse, Mahjoub El Haiba, Morocco’s Interministerial Delegate for Human Rights, raised concerns over the politicization of the report: Morocco on Thursday slammed the latest report ...

Real Negotiations for a Real Solution in Western Sahara Must Start Now [All Africa]

UN consultations on Western Sahara lead to new calls for a final settlement: The UN Security Council held consultations on the Western Sahara yesterday, one of the two times each year it addresses the important – and often forgotten – issue. Hervé Ladsous, Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Christopher Ross, Personal Envoy of the Secretary General for the Western Sahara, and Kim Bolduc, Special Representative and Head of ...

Moroccans Speak Out Against Extremists [Your Middle East]

Moroccans speaking out against extremism: It is not uncommon to hear pundits complain that the Muslim-in-the-souk is not sufficiently concerned with what is being done by extremists in the name of Islam, their religion. While President Obama and other leaders in the US and abroad make efforts to distinguish between Islam the religion and those who distort Islamic principles to justify their heinous acts, most Americans remain woefully uninformed and ...

US Ambassador Reiterates Washington’s Support to Moroccan Autonomy Initiative in the Sahara [Maghreb Arab Press]

US official yet again reaffirming Morocco’s Sahara autonomy proposal: US ambassador in Morocco, Dwight Bush, reiterated Washington’s support to the Moroccan autonomy proposal in the Sahara, which it has repeatedly welcomed as “serious, realistic and credible”. “We continue to consider as serious, realistic and credible the autonomy proposal made by Morocco to settle the dispute”, the US diplomat said in an interview with Moroccan “Al Massae” daily. He insisted that ...

Mauritania, Morocco Bolster Security Ties [Magharebia]

Morocco and Mauritania meet to promote security and trade: Morocco and Mauritania agreed to strengthen their security co-operation against terrorism, AFP quoted the Moroccan interior minister as saying Wednesday (October 15th). Mauritanian Interior Minister Mohamed Ould Ahmed Salem paid a visit to Rabat Monday and Tuesday, during which he held talks with his Moroccan counterpart, Mohamed Hassad, and with Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane. The two sides reached agreements in several ...
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