SADR warns that it will participate as one country more at the AU-EU summit in Abidjan

Argel, 11 oct (diariovasco.com).- Saharawi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ould Salek said today that the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) will participate as an additional country at the summit between the African Union and the European Union in Abidjan on 29 and 30 November.

At a press conference in Algiers, Ould Salek also attacked France, accusing the country of selling arms and ammunition to Morocco and hampering the efforts of the Security Council to hold a referendum on UN-backed self-determination.

“SADR will participate in the next AU-EU summit as all remaining AU member states on an equal footing. Without SADR there will be no summit,” he said.

Ould Salek accused Rabat of trying to avoid the Saharawi presence by seeking a new partner in France.

“Morocco is hampering the efforts of UN envoys along with France, which is pressuring Côte d’Ivoire and urges the AU to evade the decision of an organization of respect and right of all member states to participate in the meeting”

“France has blocked the organization of a referendum in the Security Council and has prevented Minurso from monitoring human rights in Western Sahara,” the minister said. “The French state has armed Moroccan forces and provided them with various weapons and ammunition.

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Gdeim Izik families in Rabat forced to end protest

At the end of this morning the Moroccan authorities interrupted the peaceful protest of the relatives of the Saharawi political prisoners in front of the General Administration of the Penitentiaries and Social Reinsertion of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Families have been protesting last week against the ill-treatment of Sahrawi political prisoners known as the Gdeim Izik group demanding the right to visit, feed and regroup these human rights activists in the same prison.

This group of 19 Saharawi political prisoners was separated and dispersed by 7 different prisons in Morocco on 16 September.

Although there has already been a meeting between relatives and the head of the General Administration of Penitentiaries, the prisoners’ conditions have not improved, being several of them on hunger strike.

Families in the occupied territories of Western Sahara are also protesting in front of their homes and also were victims of police attacks.

These attacks are committed 12 days before the visit of the sub-committee against torture of the United Nations.

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4th UN Commission called to visit the occupied territories of Western Sahara

Isabel Lourenço

At the meeting of the Fourth Committee for the Decolonization of the United Nations, which took place between 3 and 6 October, Isabel Lourenço, collaborator of PUSL and member o Fundación Sahara Occidental, denounced the situation of the political prisoners and drew attention to the responsibility of the international community who with his silent complicity and inaction is responsible for the suffering of the Saharawi people.
After denouncing some of the crimes committed by the Kingdom of Morocco, she called for the visit of a mission of the 4th Commission to the occupied territories, as stipulated in the mandate of this body.

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Ayoubi’s trial again postponed

The trial of Mohamed Ayoubi, a member of Gdeim Izik group, was postponed until next November 15th, according to information from the Committee of the Families of the political prisoners of Gdeim Izik.

The court in Rabat separated the trial of Ayoubi in the middle of the group trial, being the only one that still has no sentence dictated in this new process.

Mohamed Ayoubi was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2013 by the military court in Rabat but placed on probation due to his state of health.

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Hunger strikes of Saharawi Political Prisoners – families alert to their dire health situation

In a press release published yesterday the Comittee of families of the Gdeim Izik group alerted to the dangerous health situation of some of the political prisoners that are on hunger strike. Since the separation of the 19 activists and Saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group on the 16th of September, they have been victims of ill treatment, harassment, discrimination and other forms of pressure including medical neglect.

Due to this situation, some of the political prisoners of this group, who are in 7 different prisons in the Moroccan kingdom, entered an open hunger strike.

The prison employees, with the consent of the administration of the different prisons, insult this group of saharawi activist systematically. The Moroccan prisoners convicted of common crimes are allowed to harass and menace them.

In Tifel 2 prison Cheik Banga, El Bachir Khadda and Hassan Dah, begun an open hunger strike since their transfer on the 16/09/2017. They have a debilitated health situation, and are having difficulty with standing and speech.

Lamine Haddi, started an open hunger strike also on 16/09/2017. Haddi is suffering from high blood pressure, acute stomach ache and difficulty to move.

Brahim Ismaïili, started an open hunger strike also on 16/09/2017, and is very debilitated.

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New report concludes: Western Sahara activists (known as the Gdeim Izik group) on arbitrary detention

The political activists, known as the Gdeim Izik Group, was on the 19th of July condemned to harsh sentences in the absence of material evidence. New report [1], written by international observer Tone Sørfonn Moe, conclude that the 19 detainees are, and have for almost seven years, been imprisoned on arbitrary detention. 

The Group of Gdeim Izik has been subjected to severe human rights violations, including torture and inhumane treatment both during arrest and in prison, and are still suffering under inhumane treatment. “The court provoked that Eênama Asfari lied and provoked false accusations. The court thus provoked that the accused declared false allegations upon torture, and retrieved the policemen (accused of torturing) to the witness box. The testimony of the policemen (torturers) was used as evidence in the final evidence evaluation, as supportive evidence to the police records (confessions under torture of which the accused claims were falsified against them). Instead of complying with its international obligations, Morocco did the exact opposite; They used illegal evidence, and instead of investigating the policemen, they used their testimony against the defendants.” Ms. Tone Sørfonn Moe stated.

Mads Andenæs, professor of law at the University of Oslo, and former head of the UN Committee on Arbitrary detention, expresses deep concern after observing the court case against 24 human rights activists from the occupied parts of Western Sahara. 19 of the 24 Saharawis remain in jail to this date.

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Gdeim izik: report denounces moroccon trial of saharawi political prisoner based on false confessions obtained under torture

gdeim izik

In a detailed report[1], Portuguese human rights activist Isabel Lourenço denounces the illegalities committed during the trial of the Saharawi political prisoners known as Gdeim Izik Group.

This group was abducted and put in arbitrary detention and tortured in 2010 after the dismantling by the Moroccan occupation forces in Western Sahara of the Peaceful protest camp known as Gdeim Izik and which Noam Chomsky characterized as the beginning of the Arab Spring.

The defendants had been convicted in a military trial in 2013, but the Court of Cassation, Morocco’s highest court, ordered new civilian proceedings pointing out the missing evidence concerning the alleged commitment of crimes and the fact that the whole military trial was based solely on the police minutes.

In the previous trial, a military court in Rabat convicted all of the defendants exclusively on the basis of their confessions obtained under torture.

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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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