The saharaui activist, Sultana Khaya defends the honor of her countries flag

Human rights activist Sultana Khaya was one of the women attacked by the occupation authorities when she participated yesterday in the demonstration for self-determination of Western Sahara and in support of all the Saharawi political prisoners detained in Moroccan prisons in Bojador.

After being thrown to the ground with kicks and blows, she took refuge in her house and hoisted the flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in her window on the first floor, as can be seen in the video.

The police who surrounded all the houses of activists yesterday in a display of cars, vans and hundreds of agents, demanded that she remove the flag. Sultana replied: I will not remove the flag of my country, the flag is my honor! Come get it yourself out if you’re really men!

In 2007, Sultana Khaya was a victim of aggression and violence by the occupation authorities who bruttaly removed one of her eyes with baton blows, she spent several days in the hospital without any assistance and with maltreatment by hospital staff that is composed only of Moroccan settlers.

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Demonstrations of dozens of Saharawi activists in El Aaiun and Bojador

Source: Saharawi Human Rights Activists / El Aaiun – Photos. Communication activists (EIC  Poemario por un Sahara Libre)

According to Saharawi human rights activists, dozens of Saharawi demonstrators took to the streets in the occupied cities of El Aaiun and Bojador.

Following last week’s appeal by the Coordination Gdeim Izik, together with Saharawi civil organizations and committees in the occupied territories, the cities of El Aaiun and Bojador saw this Thursday afternoon protests against the Moroccan occupation and in support of the Saharawi political prisoners detained in Moroccan prisons.

One of the defenders of the human rights of the city of El Aaiun indicated that the population represented in different associations and committees left the neighborhood Maatala, known as Sweto, with banners and Saharawi flags with several slogans against the occupation and in support of the Saharawi political prisoners detained in Moroccan prisons.

Human rights activist and advocate Abdelaziz Biay in a telephone conversation with the Saharawi Diary said that the population heeded the appeal that was made and that the repressive apparatus of the Moroccan occupation administration was surprised by the number of demonstrators who took to the streets of several neighborhoods . At the time of writing this article, the source said that clashes with police and auxiliary forces continued to develop in the districts of Larak, Lehcheisha and El Batimat and that the main concentration was organized on Smara avenue in the city, where units and forces clustered to confront the demonstrators. The source said there were several injured but that the number of victims and detainees has not yet been recorded.

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Six prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group on hunger strike

Mohamed Tahlil Sahrawi political prisoner from the group of Gdeim Izik, entered this night on hunger strike.

Tahlil is detained in Ait Melloul prison and protests against the subhuman conditions to which he is subjected, obliged to sleep on the floor without any blanket and subject to constant threats and insults from common criminals.

He joins his comrade Sidahmed Lemjeyid, who is detained in the same prison and started a hunger strike yesterday, 20 September.

Brahim Ismaili, El Bachir Khadda, Hassan Dah and Cheik Banga detained in Tiflet 1 have also been on hunger strike since day 19.

Kenitra’s group who was on a hunger strike for 48 hours on 19 and 20 September had a meeting today with the Kenitra prosecutor who wanted to know what the reasons for the strike were.

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Press Release of the Families of Gdeim Izik

Following the abductions of the Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group, carried out by the prison administration, the latter were dispersed in different prisons within Morocco without their families being informed.

After communicating with some of these detainees, the magnitude of the suffering is clear. The situation of our children is tragic due to mistreatment and the political desire for revenge, contrary to all international rules and conventions that guarantee their dignity and their rights. The situation of Saharawi political prisoners can be summarized as follows:

  • Abuse with insults and defamation during and after the transfer, in particular the detainees Abdallahi Toubali, Brahim Ismaili in Tiflet 1 and Tiflet 2, and Sidahmed Lemjeyid and Mohamed Bani in Ait Melloul prison.
  • All prisoners are held in isolated cells that do not meet the minimum hygiene requirements. Some are full of worms and rats and the proximity of prisoners of common crime leads to polluting emissions (cannabis and tobacco). All their belongings that they brought from the previous prison were confiscated, like blankets, clothes, books and medicines.
  • They do not have access to the medical treatment required by their state of health, in particular Sidahmed Lemjeyid and Brahim Ismaili.
  • The right of free access to detainees is not guaranteed; the right to visit the mother of political prisoner Mohamed Mbarek Lefkir in Ait Melloul prison has been denied.

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Situation of the political prisoners of Gdeim Izik deteriorates

According to information obtained from the direct relatives of the detainees of Gdeim Izik, the Moroccan authorities did not allow detainees in Tiflet to take anything from the previous prison except for the clothing.

Brahim Ismaili went on an open hunger strike because of the ill-treatment he suffered, and the conditions of the cell where he lies on the cement floor. All his medications have been withdrawn by the guards.

The activists arrested in Tiflet are in cells in modules with prisoners of common crime.

Abdallahi Toubali will go on hunger strike on Thursday 21 September.

The detainees of the Gdeim Izik Group in Kenitra prison are in individual cells, also in modules with common criminals. This group will be on symbolic hunger strike for 48 hours on 19 and 20 September.

The family of Abdel Jalil Laaroussi remains without news about his state of health and without contact.

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Tahlil from the Gdeim Izik Group transferred again to another prison

Mohamed Tahlil Sahrawi political prisoner from the group of Gdeim Izik was transferred to the prison of Ait Melloul.

Tahlil had been transferred the night of 16 September to Bozakarn prison, being the only member of the group in this prison.

According to information of relatives of the prisoners Tahlil is now in Ait Melloul where were already Mohamed Lefkir, Mohamed Bani and Sidahmed Lemjeyid of the same group.

Morocco started a “roulette” system with the aim of destabilizing the group and making it difficult for the activists of this group to meet with the mission of the subcommittee against torture of the United Nations that is planning a visit to the Kingdom of Morocco in October.

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Gdeim Group prisoners located

The eleven political prisoners of the group of Gdeim Izik who were in unknown whereabouts since the dawn of September 16, were located:

Prison of Tifelt 1
Bachir Khada, Hassan Dah, Brahim Ismaili and Cheik Banga

Tifelt 2
Mohamed Lamin Haddi, Khouna Babeit and Toubali Abdelahi

Bouzakarn Prison
Mohamed Tahlil

Ait Melloul Prison
Mohamed Embarek Lefkir, Mohamed Bani and Sidahmed Lemjeyid

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Gdeim Izik prisoners transferred from prison – 11 missing

At dawn on Saturday, 16 September, 18 of the 19 prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group were arbitrarily transferred from prison without any prior notice. According to information from the families Naama Asfari was the only prisoner that remained in El Arjat prison, Abdel Jalil Laaroussi was taken to the Okacha prison in Casablanca and a group of six prisoners: Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, Houcein Zawi, Abdallahi Lakfawni, Ahmed Sbaai and Mohamed Bourial were taken to Kenitra prison.

Eleven prisoners have been missing for more than 24 hours, neither families nor lawyers are informed of where they are.

This transfer takes place only a few weeks before the visit of the sub commission against torture of the United Nations to Morocco.

The Moroccan authorities try to make the contact between the UN sub commission and the Gdeim Izik group difficult and also weaken the group’s ability to defend their rights.

We recall that Morocco “hid” the prisoner Abdel Jalil Laaroussi, between criminal prisoners in 2014 when the working group on arbitrary detentions of the UN visited the prison in Salé, Rabat. Abdel Jalil Laaroussi had been violently tortured for months and with this maneuver Morocco prevented contact between the activist and the UN working group.

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Gdeim Izik – French lawyers’ report unmasks Moroccan farce trial

Mrs. Ouled and Mrs. Metton, French lawyers, who represented the Saharawi Political Prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group, presented a detailed report on this case that denounces all illegalities and the systematic torture these 24 accused have undergone for almost seven years.

In the report are also included 3 counter expertise of the medical examinations of the prisoners and the autopsies that were “given” to the lawyers only seven years after the events, but not presented in court, nor were there any bodies presented.

The next trial session, which is believed to be the last will start on July 11th, after the civil party in it’s finally pleading did ask for change of charges to acts against the internal security of Morocco, which is no other than domestic terrorism charges and accused Polisario and Algeria to be enemies of the Kingdom.

On the 16th of May, the political prisoners and their lawyers withdrew from the process. The accused declared that they would not continue to participate in “a theatre play called trial” where “presumption on innocence is totally absent” and ” is no more than the replay from the Military court of 2013″.

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