Wife of Saharawi political prisoner on hunger strike after 4th expulsion from Morocco


Claude Mangin, wife of Naama Asfari, a political prisoner of the group of Gdeim izik, sentenced to 30 years and currently detained in Kenitra, started today a hunger strike demanding respect for the right to visit her husband which has been denied since October 2016.

According to the statement by Claude Mangin-Asfari, her greatest desire is “to return to Morocco to see my husband Naama Asfari, a Saharawi political prisoner, sentenced to 30 years in prison after two unfair trials together with his comrades of the Gdeim Izik group for his peaceful struggle for the independence of Western Sahara, which has been occupied by Morocco for more than 40 years. ”

Naama received the Human Rights Award granted by the ACAT Foundation for Human Dignity in January of this year. The UN Committee against Torture in Geneva has condemned Morocco for the torture of Naama Asfari in December 2016.

However, since October 2016, that Claude Mangin is not allowed to enter Morocco.

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Polisario rejects the inclusion of Western Sahara in the renegotiation of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement

Brussels (Belgium), 04/16/2018 (SPS)

The Polisario Front condemned today the decision of the European Council to authorize the European Commission to renegotiate a new agreement amending EU-Morocco fisheries rules with the aim of explicitly including Western Sahara.

Polisario recalled in a statement released today that “the Court of Justice of the European Union has twice decided that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara” and therefore can not be included in international agreements.

“These negotiations can only lead to an illegal agreement against European Union law and international law,” the statement said, while reiterating that the EU Court of Justice has established that the only way to negotiate agreements on Western Sahara is through the consent of the Saharawi people expressed by its representative recognized by the United Nations, the Polisario Front.

In addition, Polisario said that the renegotiation of the agreement with Morocco undermines the EU’s contribution to the peace process and undermines the efforts of the United Nations and its special envoy.

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A memorandum on the allegations of the King of Marocco on the buffer zone

Morocco has recently been engaged in an unprecedented, frenzied media and diplomatic campaign of misinformation and propaganda in which it has threatenedto take military action to forcibly annex the Liberated Territories of the Sahrawi Republic (SADR), alleging that the Frente POLISARIO had violated the terms of the 1991 UNsupervised ceasefire in Western Sahara.

The misinformation campaign also involved the dissemination of a series of fabrications and misrepresentations of the realities on the ground, particularly in terms of the geographical schemeenacted under the ceasefireand the related military agreement between the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco. To put the record straight, we
would like to clarify the following:

1. The Military Agreement no. 1, which regulates the ceasefire between the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco, establishes the Moroccan military wall as a line of separation between the Sahrawi and Moroccan armies pending the holding of the selfdetermination referendum and the determination of the final status of the Territory. It also establishes a 5 km wide “buffer zone” to the east and along the 2700 km Moroccan military wall.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Koehler

On April 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov received Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara Horst Koehler, who arrived in Moscow on a working visit.

During the meeting, it was stressed that there are no alternatives to a political settlement of the Western Sahara problem in line with corresponding UN Security Council resolutions. It was pointed out the drafting of a mutually acceptable scheme for a settlement on Western Sahara would promote the general improvement of the situation in North Africa.

The Russian side expressed support for the mediatory efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his personal envoy, as well as for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and its key role in maintaining regional stability.

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Letter of Condolences by the Saharawis who died in the tragic aviation accident

In this hour of suffering that affects all the Saharawi people, the porunsaharalibre.org team would like to convey our sincere condolences to all the relatives and friends of all those who died in the tragic aviation accident that occurred today.

There are no words that can calm the pain at this difficult time, the only thing we can say is that we accompany you in this suffering and feel as our own the losses of your loved ones.

“Innâ lillâhi wa innâ ilayhi râji’ûn-a”

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Court of appeal condemns saharawi students saharauis

The appeal trial of Saharawi students known as companions of El Uali, held yesterday in Marrakech, did not change the sentences attributed by the court of first instance.

The publi Judgment had the presence of 4 international observers, but in clear violation of the rules of a public trial families of prisoners were not authorized to be present.

PUSL has been monitoring this process since the arrest of these young people in 2016. For more information consult the published report and the articles.

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Gdeim Izik’s political prisoners suspended their hunger strike

The four political prisoners of the group of Gdeim Izik suspended this afternoon the hunger strike they started on 9 March after a meeting with the director of the Directorate General of Administration of Prisons and Reinsertion of Morocco.

The director of the DGAPR has committed to meet the prisoners’ claims in stages, including the transfer to a prison closer to Western Sahara and their families.

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, Abdallahi Lakfawni, El Bachir Boutanguiza and Mohamed Bourial will have a second meeting with the DGAPR in the coming days.

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Saharawi political prisoners on hunger strike threaten to enter “Dry Hunger strike”

According to information from the families of the 4 Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim izik group in hunger strike in Kenitra prison since the 9 March, Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, Abdallahi Lakfawni, El Bachir Boutanguiza and Mohamed Bourial will go on a dry hunger strike on Wednesday if none of their claims are accepted by the Moroccan authorities.

A dry hunger strike involves not eating any food or liquid.

“Dry” hunger strikes are rare. The body can not survive more than a few days without water, and death would occur in the first week in most cases.

According to the author of “First Do No Harm: Medical Ethics in International Humanitarian Law,” Sigrid Mehring: In medical terms, death by refusal to eat occurs in the event of a “dry hunger strike” (refusal of food and water) after about three to four days. The health risks increase when the striker was not in good health and already suffered from health problems.

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Saharawi political prisoners 32 days on hunger strike

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, Abdallahi Lakfawni, El Bachir Boutanguiza and Mohamed Bourial, Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group, detained in Kenitra prison, Morocco, have been on hunger strike for 32 days demanding transfer nearer to their families and respect for their basic rights such as medical care.

Prolonged starvation can result in serious harm to a person’s body and mind. When there is a deficit in energy intake, the body consumes its own stocks to maintain blood glucose, its main fuel. The body will first use fat stocks. Then, the body will begin to use muscle and organ tissue to produce energy. Salt and vitamin deficiencies are also harmful for the body. During a hunger strike, in addition to weight loss, many other symptoms are common:

Sensation of hunger at the beginning then loss of appetite;
Apathy and irritability;
Headache, dizziness, difficulty getting up and moving, stroke;
Anxiety, sadness, insomnia, impaired concentration;
Abdominal pain, peptic ulcers, nausea, constipation (sometimes diarrhoea);
Very painful nephrolithiasis, renal failure;
Reduction of blood pressure and respiratory rates.
Neurological disorders: limb paralysis, blindness, coma;
Bloating, diarrhoea;
Drowsiness, neurological disorders;
Cardiac or lung disorders;

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Demonstration in support of Saharawi political prisoners in the occupied city of El Aaiun

Yesterday, April 4, on Smara Avenue, in El Aaiun, several families of Saharawi political prisoners supported by many Sahrawis took to the streets and expressed their solidarity with the prisoners of Gdeim Izik.

Moroccan occupation forces dispersed the demonstrators, while another group of Saharawis in another area of ​​the avenue next to the Nagir hotel occupied one of the roundabouts and displayed flags and shouted slogans in support of the political prisoners and the freedom of Western Sahara.

During the police intervention, several protesters were injured, including Gahli Ajnaa, wife of Mohamed Bani, a political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik, who along with other comrades began a hunger strike on 9 March.

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The occupation authorities took two Saharawi journalists to the prison in occupied El Aaiún

Occupied Aaiún. (Equipe Media) – On April 1, 2018 the Moroccan occupation authorities, put two Sahrawi journalists in the black prison in occupied El Aaiún; after spending 72 hours in preventive detention inside the police station in the city of occupied Smara.

The false accusations that the occupation authorities fabricate, against both journalists are: attempted murder of a police officer, barricades and humiliating public officials in the performance of their duties. Both journalists – Mohamed Salem Mayara and the photographer Mohamed Aljomayaai – were arrested in a cafe on public street.

The arrest took place a day after the publication of a Saharawi television report showing the Sahrawi protests, the security chaos in the city causing the Moroccan settlers to attack the Sahrawi activists, injuring more than five of them. The report also shows when the activists are transferred to the city hospital, and they are denied medical attention.

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