Covid-19: Brahim Ghali calls on UN to protect Sahrawi political prisoners in Morocco

Shaheed El-Hafed, 19 April 2020 (SPS) - President of the Sahrawi Republic, Brahim Ghali, called on the United Nations to protect Sahrawi political prisoners in Moroccan prisons facing the danger of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a speech to the nation, the Saharawi president, secretary general of the Polisario Front alerted the United Nations that Saharawi political prisoners live in deplorable conditions in Moroccan prisons at a time when the world is fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic.

He called on the UN organization to act to protect the Saharawi people in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, especially the Saharawi political prisoners in the jails of the Moroccan occupation, adding that Morocco assumes full responsibility for the circumstances of the current situation.

The Saharawi president had already called on the United Nations to intervene urgently for the release of Saharawi political prisoners from Moroccan prisons with the escalation of the new coronavirus, in a letter addressed to the Secretary General of the organization, Antonio Guterres, last March.

Brahim Ghali, in his speech to the nation, welcomed the positive response of the Saharawi people to the measures implemented by the Saharawi government to deal with the pandemic, recalling that the international situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic requires strict compliance with prevention measures.

President Ghali also praised the enormous work done by health personnel and administrative and security authorities to cope with and prevent this pandemic that is shaking the world.

On 19 March 2020, the Sahrawi government put in place a series of measures to deal with the pandemic.

The National Coronavirus Surveillance and Prevention Mechanism (COVID-19) was also established to control and monitor the pandemic. (SPS)