Political prisoners Banga and Toubali transferred to Bouzakarn

The political prisoners of the group of Gdeim Izik, Cheikh Banga and Abdallahi Toubali were transferred today from the prisons of Kenitra and Tiflet 1 to the prison of Bouzakarn.

The transfer occurred without prior notice, nor were the family members or lawyers of the prisoners informed.

The two Saharawi activists arrived in Bouzakarn prison late this afternoon.

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Saharawi student trial has started

The appeal process of the Saharawi students known as Grup Companions of El Uali began today in the court of second instance in Matraquexe.

All students were present, as were defense lawyers Mohamed Fadel Leil, Bazid Zehmad and Laazouzi Abdrazak.

These young activists reaffirmed their status as political prisoners chanting slogans for self-determination.

The next session of this trial is scheduled for April 10, at which time the students will be heard.

Several International observers were in court today and Saharawi families and students once again supported these young people in a demonstration in front of the court demanding justice and the release of all prisoners.

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Morocco puts Gdeim Izik prisoners in life danger

On the 9th of March, 8 Saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group in Ait Melloul and Kenitra prisons entered a hunger strike demanding the respect of their basic rights.

On the 8th of March the prison directors of both penitentiaries informed the prisoners that they had a “note de service” an official memo saying that if they would begin a hunger strike they would be put in isolation.

In Ait Melloul prison Sidahmed Lemjeyid and Mbarek Lefkir suspended their hunger strike on the 12th of March after the threats issued by the prison director.

According to information of the families, Mohamed Bani and Brahim Ismaili were put in isolation on the 12th of March without drinkable water, the isolation cells are known as “coffins” and have no windows, the prisoners have to sleep on the floor.

The daughter of Mr. Ismaili denounced that the Regional Director of the Prisons of Agadir and the Prison Director of Ait Melloul 2 told Mr. Ismaili that if he would fall into a coma they would give him an injection to get rid of him definitively and put an end to the troubles.

At 8am of the 9th of March, Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, El Bachir Boutanguiza, Mohamed Bourial and Abdallahi Lakfawni were brought to isolation cells in Kenitra since they started the hunger strike.

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Saharawi political prisoners warn about health situation

Saharawi political prisoners, Ali Saadoni and Salah Lebsir detained in Tata prison in Morocco, report that they are being held in a cell with common criminals and a prisoner with a chronic contagious disease. In the same cell is also Abdalahi Elbuhi another Saharawi prisoner.

Saadoni, a human rights activist and Lebsir, a journalist, have alerted the Moroccan authorities that they are at risk of infection and request that the sick prisoner be placed in a separate cell according to the rule number 30 d) of the Mandela Rules (Standard Minimal Treatment of prisoners of the United Nations) and article 125 of Law 23-98 on the organization and functioning of the penitentiary establishments of the Kingdom of Morocco.

“Any consequence of this situation is the responsibility of the Moroccan authorities who are responsible for our health while in custody,” say the prisoners and report that they are victims of medical malpractice and that Morocco wants to kill them.

Lebsir went on hunger strike on 9 March in solidarity with all Sahrawi political prisoners, reaffirming his status as political prisoner and demanding respect for their basic rights.

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Portuguese Parliament approves vote on Western Sahara

On 9 March 2018, a vote was presented by theBloco de Esquerda ( Left Bloc) for the relaunch of the negotiation process on Western Sahara, “under the aegis of the United Nations.”

The vote refers to the “deep conviction that this is a moment for a political solution” that guarantees the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara “and highlights the meeting on March 6 in Lisbon of the envoy of the Secretary- General of the UN with representatives of Morocco.

The vote was approved with the votes of the Left Bloc, Portuguese Communist Party, Ecological Party “The Greens”, PAN (People-Animals-Nature) and the Socialist Party. The PSD (Social Democratic Party) voted against and the CDS (Cristian Democrats) abstained.

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Saharawi political prisoners on hunger strike placed in isolation

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, El Bachir Boutanguiza, Abdallahi Lakfawni and Mohamed Bourial, Sahrawi political prisoners from the Gdeim Izik group who started a hunger strike today (see news here) were placed in isolation today at 8am.

The director of the Kenitra prison had threatened yesterday the Saharawi activists that all those who went on hunger strike would be placed in isolation as a disciplinary measure.

We recall that in November 2017, in reaction to a letter sent by a group of lawyers to the French Prime Minister on the situation of Saharawi political prisoners, the General Delegation of the Administration of Pentineciaries and Reintegration of the Kingdom of Morocco published a statement in which it said that due to the obstinacy of some prisoners in making warning hunger strikes they had to apply appropriate regulation against them.

The Kingdom of Morocco thus does not respect the hunger strike as a universally recognized non-violent protest form, but sees it as a disciplinary offense.

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8 prisoners of Gdeim izik go on hunger strike

Today, 9th of March 2018, the Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group, Brahim Ismaili, Mohamed Mbarek Lefkir, Sidahmed Lemjeyid and Mohamed Bani detained in Ait Melloul and El Bachir Boutanguiza, Mohamed Bourial, Abdallahi Lakfawni and Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah detained in Kenitra go on hunger strike.

These Sahrawi activists detained in 2010 during and after the dismantling of Gdeim Izik have been victims of torture, ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, an illegal military trial, a second civil court trial without guarantees of a fair trial and based only on minutes written by the police signed under torture.

On 16 September 2017, the group of 19 detainees was dispersed through several prisons in the Kingdom of Morocco, during and after the transfer they were again victims of ill-treatment.

On 4 December 2017, Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah and Ahmed Sbaai were placed in isolation in two small toilets with the lights on 24h/24h, beaten and maltreated for ten days.

After numerous complaints presented by the prisoners and their families that had no response by the Moroccan authorities and a very weak state of health due to ill-treatment and medical neglect the 4 members of the group detained in Ait Melloul prison and 4 detained in Kenitra prison decided to go on hunger strike demanding their most basic rights as is the right of visit, adequate medical care, and others.

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Saharawi women the personification of the values ​​of the 8th of March

The porunsaharalibre team welcomes all the women of the World on the day that marks the struggle for the dignity and equality of Women.

In particular, we salute the Saharawi women who throughout their people’s history have emphasized their fundamental role not only in preserving values, traditions, history and the transmission of knowledge, but they are also an essential part and perhaps even the pillar of resistance against the invader.

Women who stand out not only in refugee camps, home builders in exile, and daily resistance in the occupied territories but also in the international stages, voices of their people that they represent with dignity and professionalism as members of the legitimate representation of the Saharawi people the Polisario Front and the government of SADR (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic).

Saharawi women have assumed their functions for more than 4 decades, in a constant challenge, carried out professions such as doctors, teachers, lawyers, demining technicians, journalists, camera woman, nurses, soldiers, chemists and on the political level on all fronts from the base administration of the neighborhood to ministers and ambassadors.

In a context of war, in the context of conflict, in the last colony of Africa, the occupied territories, the liberated territories, refugee camps, diaspora and the world, Saharawi women are the symbol of resilience, resistance, honor and dignity.

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Polisario Front takes control of fishing waters in Sahara waters

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Mohamed Khadad, head of the Polisario Front’s external relations with MINURSO, warned today that if the decision of the European Court of Justice is not respected and a final agreement is reached, fishing vessels in the Canaries will be prohibited from exploiting fishing resources in the waters of Western Sahara.

“Fishing in the waters of Western Sahara is a tradition of the Canaries, we respect and want them to continue, but we can not accept that Morocco is negotiating and benefiting from the exploitation of resources,” Mohamed Khadad said in a press conference today.

Khadad also recalled that the Polisario Front will be open from today on to open negotiations and agreements within the legal framework defined by the Court of Justice of the European Union for the continuation of fishing in Saharawi waters.

For his part, Polisario Front lawyer Gilles Devers recalled that the aim of the movement is the liberation of the Saharawi territory, and stressed the need for governments not to turn this case into an economic issue of “simple” fishing rights.

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Declaration of the Federation of Fishermen’s Associations of the Canary Islands in support of the direct negotiation with the Polisario Front for the use of the  Saharawi fishing bank

Source: Federation of Fishermen’s Guilds of the Canary Islands; Canary Islands, March 2018.

Canarian fishermen have a historical relationship with the Sahara fishing bank which was modified by the abandonment of Western Sahara in 1976 by the Spanish State, which failed to fulfil its obligations to the Saharawi people, not allowing them exercise its right to self-determination.

Since then, we have witnessed a succession of fisheries agreements, between Spain first and the European Union later, with Morocco which meant for the fishermen of the Canaries a progressive expulsion of the fishermen and for the Saharawi people to see how the riches of the their seas are plundered by predatory fishing practices developed by powerful foreign fleets, allowed and encouraged by the Moroccan occupation administration.

This situation was declared contrary to the law in the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 21 December 2016 – C-104/16 P-. This judicial decision recognized that Morocco and Western Sahara are distinct and separate territories, by virtue of the Charter of the United Nations and the principle of self-determination of peoples, considering that the agreements between the European Union and Morocco do not apply to the Territory of Western Sahara or their waters, so that European companies can not under any circumstances use Moroccan permits to operate in Western Sahara. This judicial body also affirms that the determining factor is not to evaluate whether a specific economic activity can be favourable or not to the Saharawi population, but to ensure that the representative of the Saharawi people, the Polisario Front, has given its consent for its development. Thus, European legislation makes clear that any economic activity on the territory of Western Sahara is subject to the express agreement of the Polisario Front, the only representative of the Saharawi people, in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 34/37.

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Transavia – Paris-Dahkla air bridge canceled following publication of the CJEU’s decision

The cancellation of the Transavia Paris-Dahkla connection was announced today, the reasons for the cancellation were not published on the company’s online page but it can be verified that the last flight is on the 22 March 2018.

According to the Moroccan online newspaper Le Desk “Polisario has canceled the Paris-Dakhla line operated by Transavia”, the Spanish news agency EFE has another title “The first airway that linked the Saharawi city of Dakhla with Paris failed” and refers to the explanation of Tourisma Post (a moroccan site) “The flight, which opened in October, thanks to the efforts of the Moroccan National Tourism Office, has not been profitable since it opened in the off-season months (October to March).

Following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of December 2016, the Polisario Front sued on 25 October 2017 Transavia, a low-cost Dutch airline owned by Air France-KLM, due to the flight inaugurated in October 2017 linking Paris-Orly to Dakhla, a city located in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, a territory under military occupation by Morocco since 1975 and over which it has no legitimacy or sovereignty.

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