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Ramaphosa condemns humanitarian crisis in Western Sahara

BY DENIS BEDOYA ON JUNE 7, 2018

Johannesburg – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday said the protracted humanitarian crisis in Western Sahara’s refugee camps was a direct consequence of the delay in finding a lasting solution to the conflict in the North Africa region.

Ramaphosa’s comments follow his bilateral meeting with Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic President Brahim Ghali in Pretoria. Ghali is in the country on a working visit.

President Ramaphosa to receive President Ghali of Sahawari Arab Democratic Republic (South African Government)

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday, 05 June 2018, host the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), His Excellency President Brahim Ghali, in Pretoria, during his working visit to South Africa.

The visit by President Ghali will provide an excellent opportunity for the two Heads of State to appraise each other on the latest developments in the Western Sahara and the Maghreb region, in the Northwest Africa.

Masisi, Ghali discussions fruitful

Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic president, Mr Brahim Ghali departed on June 2 morning ending his three day official visit to Botswana.

Mr Ghali made a quick stopover at the Boteti Mining sorting facility in Gaborone where he was taken through the sorting and sales processes before jetting off to South Africa on a working visit.

Namibians rally behind Western Sahara

By Magreth Nunuhe

President Mnangagwa welcomes Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic special envoy at Munhumutapa offices

Harare, May 21, 2018 (SPS) - A special envoy sent by the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic President Brahim Ghali, has paid tribute to Zimbabwe for its continued support for the Saharawi Republic’s right to exist as an independent state in line with the resolutions adopted by the African Union.

Human rights champion honoured

South African international climate activist and human rights defender Catherine Constantinides has been recognised by the Saharawi National Commission for Human Rights (CONASADH) as an honorary member.

She was awarded this membership earlier this week at the Saharawi refugee camps, south-west of Algeria. She has been working actively in the camps for the past four years.

WSRW: New report on contentious Western Sahara phosphate trade

Morocco shipped over 1.5 million tonnes of phosphate out of occupied Western Sahara in 2017, to the tune of over $142 million. But the number of international importers of the contentious conflict mineral is waning, WSRW's annual report shows.

For the fifth year in a row, Western Sahara Resource Watch has published a detailed annual overview of the companies involved in the purchase of occupied Western Sahara's white gold: phosphate.

Adala UK: Morocco continues arbitrary expulsions of international observers from Western Sahara

During 2017, Adala UK recorded that the number of cases of people who had been denied entry to or been arbitrarily expelled from Western Sahara by Morocco had reached 76. These people included international observers, human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, those from the solidarity movement and those accused of 'disturbing the peace' or being 'undesirables', all of whom were attempting to conduct human rights monitoring work.

'Biggest importer' of phosphate rock is pulling out

Published: 29.01 - 2018

During an investor conference in Whistler, British Columbia, on 25 January, Chuck Magro, Nutrien's President and CEO, told that the company has an intention to stop buying phosphate rock from Western Sahara. This was reported by Reuters.

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