European Parliament Resolution Denouncing Diversion of Humanitarian Aid by Algeria and Polisario
The European Parliament resolution is a major step in shedding light on the suffering of the refugees stranded in one of the harshest deserts in Algeria for almost 50 years.
By: Friends of Morocco
This resolution recalls a report published in 2015 by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). This investigative report "noted the diversion of humanitarian aid granted by the European Union to the polisario, in particular was used for the purchase of arms." . Between 1994 and 2004, the plisario/Algeria received 105 million euros in humanitarian aid. The OLAF " report clearly states that the Polisario leaders systematically and methodically adopt misappropriation of humanitarian aid and accumulate colossal fortunes, and they all have luxury real estate in Spain.
The European Parliament resolution noted that " Algiers would charge a 5% tax on the humanitarian aid adding that the population held against its will in the Tindouf camps "are suffering the worst abuses" and that their situation is getting worse in view of the coronavirus crisis. What is more, Algeria still refuses to conduct a census as requested by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since 1977". Therefore, the resolution calls on the European Union "to work jointly with the United Nations to supervise a census of the refugees in the Tindouf camps in collaboration with the competent authorities in Algeria". The resolution also urges the EU to audit polisario's use of European humanitarian aid since 2015.
The matter was brought before the European Parliament Committee on Development (DEVE) at a meeting with European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic. Independent investigations and overwhelming testimony have corroborated MEPs' concerns that the fraud continues despite the measures taken by the European Commission. This is a major step in shedding light on the suffering of the refugees stranded in one of the harshest deserts in North Africa for almost 50 years.
Elle P. Wolfgang
Friends of Morocco