Brahim Ismaili, El Bachir Khadda and Hassan Dah Saharawi political prisoners ended hunger strike after 33 and 38 days

According to Malika Ismaili, her father contacted her yesterday by phone who told her that he had suspended his hunger strike and that the Moroccan authorities promised to meet his demands.

Brahim Ismaili, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group started his hunger strike on the 1st of November and ended it 38 days later after being transported in a extremely critical situation to the Hospital in Rabat where he regained consciousness.

Mr. Ismaili had been repeatedly punished for demanding his most basic rights. He was put in total isolation and in a psych ward during his hunger strike.

The Moroccan authorities even went so far as to make a public statement where it is said that “the lack of positive interaction between some of those detainees and their obstinacy in making hunger strike warnings despite the institution’s willingness to facilitate their detention conditions and preserve their health, the administration had to apply the regulation appropriate against them “. Not specifying what  the “appropriate regulation against them” is.

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26 European Deputies denounce situation of Saharawi political prisoners – Gdeim Izik

In a letter promoted by Paloma Lopéz from the United Left, sent today to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Frederica Mogherini, MEPs from Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK urge the European Union and Mogherini to intervene to end the ill-treatment and torture to which the political prisoners of Gdeim Izik have been subjected and the liberation of these group of Saharawi Political prisoners.

These MEP’s are members of various political groups (Confederal Group of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left; Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance; Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament) highlight the worrying health situation of prisoners in Hunger Strike for more than 3 weeks, prisoners placed as “punishment” in tiny cells known as “coffin” without clothing, and the forced confinement of all prisoners of Gdeim Izik who are 22 hours or more detained in individual cells.

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Saharawi Political Prisoners Abdallahi Abbahah and Ahmed Sbaai in critical situation

According to information from the family of Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah the Kenitra prison administration placed Abdallahi Abbahah and Ahmed Sbaai in an isolation cell without clothes or blankets, having been tortured since yesterday 4 of December.

Ahmed Sbaai suffers from chronic heart disease.

The Families ask for urgent intervention from the international community and the solidarity movement.

Abdallahi Abbahah and Ahmed Sbaai of the Gdeim Izik Group are sentenced to life in prison.

The ill-treatment and punishment inflicted on all Saharawi political prisoners has worsened daily.

Several of the prisoners in this group are in a life-threatening situation.

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Colin Stewart, new head of MINURSO

United Nations – New York

Mr. Colin Stewart of Canada – Special Representative for Western Sahara and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Colin Stewart of Canada as his Special Representative for Western Sahara and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Mr. Stewart succeeds Kim Bolduc of Canada, who completed her assignment on 22 November 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful to Ms. Bolduc for her strong leadership and perseverance over the course of her tenure.

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Polisario urges Security Council to stay on track to resolve the decolonization conflict of western sahara

NEW YORK, 21 November 2017 Ahead of the UN Security Council’s 22 November meeting on Western Sahara, the Frente POLISARIO reiterates its support to the mission of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Mr. Horst Köhler, and urges Council members to provide necessary contributions to the relaunch of the UN peace process.

The Frente POLISARIO expects the Security Council to uphold its responsibility towards the people of Western Sahara and to ensure full respect to their inalienable right to self-determination and independence. The Council has the duty to guarantee that its own resolutions are respected and fully implemented. In this regard, UNSC Resolution 2351(2017) has requested the Personal Envoy to provide an update on progress towards a lasting and just solution to the conflict of Western Sahara, as a question of decolonization, within six months of his appointment. This update – to be held next February – should comprise a concrete framework for the path forward that would culminate in urgent time-bound, face-to-face negotiations between the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco.

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Morocco denies legal action against Saharawi political prisoners

The General Delegation of the Prison Administration and Reintegration (GDPAR) of the Kingdom of Morocco reacted to a letter sent by foreign lawyers to the French Prime Minister on the situation of the political prisoners of the group of Gdeim Izik reported yesterday in  h24info.ma.

In an article published on Thursday, in response to the letter / denunciation of a group of lawyers from 5 countries addressed to the French prime minister visiting Morocco, the General Delegation of the Prison Administration and Reintegration (GDPAR) denies the allegations and states that the detainees enjoy all their rights, in the same way as other prisoners, and do not suffer damage to their dignity or mistreatment,

According to GDPAR  “the lack of positive interaction between some of those detainees and their obstinacy in making hunger strike warnings despite the institution’s willingness to facilitate their detention conditions and preserve their health, the administration had to apply the regulation appropriate against them “. Not specifying what  the “appropriate regulation against them” is.

It is surprising to note that a hunger strike, according to the GDPAR  is an act of indiscipline which requires disciplinary correction and that there is an “appropriate regulation”, which probably are  the ones that can be read in the letter of the lawyers.

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Two young Saharawi students from the Marrakesh group released after trial

 

Two of the Saharawi students detained in the Marrakesh prison who had been detained in June 2016 were released last October.

Mustafa Hmaidat, a student in Agadir was released on 6 October and Laghdaf Lakan, a student in Marrakech on 20 October.

Details of the case can be found in the report published by our collaborator Isabel Lourenço, member of the Western Sahara Foundation (see here).

We remind that the remaining Sahrawi students of this group were detained for almost 18 months before being sentenced on 6 July this year with 5, 10-year sentences (Abdelmaoula Elhafidi, Aziz Elwahidi, Elbbar Elkntawi, Mohamed Dada and Mohamed Saakouk) and the remaining students with 3 years in prison.

The two students now released were not convicted at that trial since they had been detained at a later date as their comrades.

This group is known as “Companions of El Ouali”, a young student murdered by the Moroccan authorities.

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GDEIM IZIK – Lawyers from 5 countries send letter to French Prime Minister

European lawyers from Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and Switzerland sent today a letter to the French prime minister visiting Rabat calling for his intervention to protect the Sahrawi political prisoners known as the Gdeim Izik Group.

According to Ingrid Metton, French lawyer of the defense team of these political prisoners, the conditions of detention are alarming, with serious risks to the physical integrity of the 19 detainees not only because of the lack of medication and minimal medical attention, but also because the administration of Kenitra prison transferred a Moroccan prisoner of common crime with a history of extreme violence to the same ward as the saharawi detainees The political prisoners went on a 48-hour strike to alert public opinion to this threat and hold the prison director accountable for any injuries and attacks they may suffer.

This letter is a further appeal in a long list of international communications and denunciations from various quarters of civil society that warn of the seriousness of the situation and call on the international community to pressure Morocco to respect the basic principles of human rights.

Mrs. Metton reaffirmed that both she and her colleague and co-advocate for the group, Dr. Olfa Ouled will continue to defend these human rights activists until justice prevails.

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Young unemployed Saharawi in protest

A group of a dozen unemployed young people from the Alkasam association (Promise) today held a protest demanding the right to work.

In order to be able to demonstrate the group rose to the top of a water supply depot, on Meka Avenue in El Aaiún. It was two hours before the Moroccan occupation authorities were able to forcibly withdraw the demonstrators.

After being forced to leave the water deposit the young people were ill treated by the police and taken to their headquarter.

The young men were subjected to long identification and interrogation process.

Demonstrations of young unemployed Saharawis have multiplied in the last year with creative protest actions of nonviolent resistance. In the occupied territories, unemployment affects almost all Sahrawis, since the Moroccan settlers always have primacy in access to work.

In a territory of extreme wealth the Saharawi population is victim of a political, social and economic apartheid and forced impoverishment.

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