Rabat – The oppression of Sahrawi activists condemning human violations in the Tindouf camps continues. Following the arrest of journalist Moulay Aba Buzid in a demonstration held on Monday, June 17, the Polisario Front kidnapped a second Sahrawi activist in Rabouni on June 18.Pro-polisario news outlets reported that the front arrested Fadel Brika, who was taken to an unknown location after his arrest. A statement from the Saharawi Initiative for Change, quoted by FuturoSahara, described arrests of both activists as “arbitrary detentions,” as there were no arrest orders from the so-called judiciary authority of the Polisario Front.The arrests were carried out in response to comments and posts the opposition activists were sharing on their social media accounts.Read Also: Polisario Continues Kidnapping, Crackdowns on Sahrawi ActivistsThe pro-Polisario news outlets reported that the front intends to carry out further arrest operations in the coming hours to “silence opposition voices.”The arrest of Brika was confirmed by former Polisario member Mustafa Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, who has been following the violations in Tindouf camps, Algeria.Commenting on the arrest of Abu Buzid, Mustafa Salma said: “Every Moment Buzid spends in detention does not only condemn Polisario, but also the high commission for refugees as he was arrested immediately after he left their office.”Despite the pressure that the front continue to face in the wake of the disappearances of Polisario members and activists, the Polisario has refused to reveal the fate of several arrested activists. . “I challenge [Polisario] them to keep journalist Buzid hidden now,” concluded Mustafa Salma.The family of Ahmed El Khalil, a Polisario member who went missing more than 10 years ago, has been calling on the United Nations to intervene as the front remains silent on his fate
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has decided to resume discussions on a funding programme with Sri Lanka.Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), met with Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy in Washington. Lagarde said they agreed that a strong policy mix, with effective implementation of that agenda, is key to strengthening confidence, while putting Sri Lanka on a sustainable, high-quality growth path that would benefit its people. “The IMF remains ready to support the Sri Lankan authorities in these endeavors and an IMF team is scheduled to visit Colombo in mid-February to resume program discussions.”The IMF had suspended the funding programme with Sri Lanka during the political crisis last year. (Colombo Gazette) “I was pleased to meet with Minister Samaraweera and Governor Coomaraswamy this afternoon. We discussed the challenging economic environment and the policy priorities for the country. The authorities stressed Sri Lanka’s continued commitment to their economic reform agenda under the IMF-supported program,” Lagarde said following the meeting.