Claude Mangin suspends hunger strike

PUSL.- Claude mangin, french citizen and wife of Saharawi political prisoner Naama Asfari suspended yesterday the hunger strike that started on 17 April.

This 62 years old teacher saw herself obliged to make a hunger strike to make the French authorities put in action the the diplomatic channels in order to be allowed to enter in Morocco to see her husband.

A difficult decision and an action which Mangin resorted to after 4 expulsions in the last two years, period during which she didn’t was allowed to see the spouse.

Yesterday, Claude Mangin suspended the hunger strike since the French government is in negotiations at the highest level with Morocco and MP Jean Paul Lecoq asked on Tuesday in the French national parliament French that Claude suspend the strike.

One of the objectives of the striker was undoubtedly achieved, the French government, the members of the European parliament and hundreds of organizations and personalities appealed to the Moroccan government to allow Claude to visit her husband.

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French Government in support of Claude Mangin, wife of Saharawi political prisoner

PUSL.- After almost a month of the hunger strike of Claude Mangin, wife of the Saharawi activist Naama Asfari, the government and the French president asked Morocco to reconsider the ban on entry of this French citizen into Moroccan territory.

France now asks Morocco to let the French citizen visit her husband, a human rights activist who defends the independence of Western Sahara, and according to official statements by Jean-Yves Le Drian, head of French diplomacy on 15 May, follow “Very close” the hunger strike of Claude Mangin, a 62-year-old teacher.

On Tuesday Jean-Yves Le Drian told the French National Assembly in response to questions from Mr Jean-Paul Lecoq of the PCF that “the Moroccan authorities were contacted several times about Ms. Mangin’s case to allow her to travel to Morocco to visit her husband.

“I spoke several times, not only officially, but also personally with my Moroccan colleague,” said French Foreign Minister.

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Morocco hides Abdallahi Abbahah Saharawi political prisoner Saharawi

Sidi Abdallahi AbahahSince 7 may, the Saharawi political prisoner Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah has been in an unknown location after being taken by the Moroccan authorities barefoot and without any belongings from the Kenitra prison.

It was thought that he had been transferred to the prison of Tiflet2 as was Mohamed Bourial, another Saharawi political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik.

The family and the French lawyer Olfa Ouled have so far been unable to obtain any information from the Moroccan authorities.

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah was sentenced to life imprisonment in a trial without a minimum of guarantees or respect for legal procedures.

Abdallahi Abbahah denounced the torture he was subjected to for weeks after his arbitrary arrest in November 2010 in El Aaiun following the brutal dismantling of peaceful protest camp Gdeim Izik.

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SOGAPS – Galicia asks Macron to intervene so that Claude Mangin can visit her husband Naama Asfari

In a letter addressed to the President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron, Solidarity Galega Co Pobo Saharaui (SOGAPS-Galicia), calls on presideny Macron to intervene in order for the Moroccan authorities to allow Mrs. Mangin to enter Morocco and visit her husband , the Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group, Naama Asfari.

Claude decided to go on hunger strike on April 18 so that her right to visit her husband Naama, currently detained in Kenitra prison in Morocco is granted.

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Organizations from Germany, Switzerland and European jurists write to Macron in support of claude mangin

The organizations

Freiheit für die Westsahara e.V. ,

terre des hommes Germany,

terre des hommes Switzerland,

Medico international,

Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker

ELDH / EJDM Europäische Juristen für Demokratie und Menschenrechte

have appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for support and action in order that the Moroccan government allows Claude Mangin to to visit her husband Naama Asfari in arbitrary detention since 2010 in Morocco.

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Saharawi political prisoners transferred again

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah and Mohamed Bourial, Sahrawi political prisoners from the Gdeim Izik group were transferred this morning from Kenitra prison to Tiflet 2.

According to information from the family, Abdallahi Abbahah and Mohamed Bourial were very ill treated.

Once again the transfer of these political prisoners occurs without any information to their family or their lawyers.

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, is serving a life sentence and has been a systematic target of repression and torture since his arbitrary detention in 2010. Mohamed Bourial is serving a 30-year sentence.

Both have spent 33 days on hunger strike with their comrades Mohamed El Bachir Boutanguiza and Abdallahi Lakfawni this year.

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National Union of the Saharawi Women  appeals to Macron

The UNMS ( National Union of the Saharawi Women ) sent a letter to the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, calling on his intervention so that the Moroccan authorities allow Claude Mangin to visit her husband Naama Asfari political prisoner detained in Morocco.

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Letter of support and endorsement: Hunger Strike by Ms Claude Mangin Asfari

Zwe Mandela and Claude Mangin

We bring you greetings of this Nelson Mandela Centennial Celebration Year and affirm our continued support of his courageous legacy of solidarity with the struggling masses of the world, wherever they may be and whatever injustice they may be facing; we stand as one united in the struggle for justice, freedom, human dignity and peace.

We have stood by the just struggle of the Sahrawi people for decades and will continue to do so and therefore call on the French Government and the Moroccan authorities to ensure that the basic human rights of Ms Claude Mangin Asfari and her husband Naama Asfari is upheld and respected.

The continued suppression of the rights of the Sahrawi people in violation of International law, and the denial of their right to self-determination is a moral crime that is as despicable as it is untenable. We note with concern the violation of the basic human rights of Ms Claude Mangin Asfari and denial of her rights to a private and family life under International Humanitarian Law.

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Personalities appeal to Macron supporting Claude Mangin in her 17th day of hunger strike

An appeal that already has over 200 signatures from artists, lawyers, politicians and members of various associations addressed to Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, supporting Claude Mangin-Asfari , a French citizen on hunger strike since April 18thto obtain again her right to visit her husband in jail in Morocco, was launched yesterday.

Amongst the personalities is the well-known Spanish actor Javier Bardem, but also MEP’s and deputies of different political scoops.

The basic right of Claude Mangin to see her husband , Naama Asfari who is a Saharawi political prisoner of  the Gdeim Izik Group, has been denied for two years by the Moroccan authorities who do not let the French citizen enter the country.

This entry refusal amounts to a ban on her husband’s visit, which is a serious violation of her basic right to a private and family life, which is contrary to international humanitarian law.

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International Solidarity with Claude Mangin

On April 23, Claude Mangin, on hunger strike since April 18 demanding the right to visit her husband Naama Asfari, a political prisoner of Gdeim Izik, was visited by Aida Ohanyan of Armenia on behalf of the Association Bonheur Retrouvé, Constance Machicote international jurist from France / Spain and Isabel Lourenço from Portugal representing the Western Sahara Foundation and porunsaharalibre.org.

All three activists declared their solidarity with Claude Mangin and stated their rejection of the action of the Moroccan government in preventing this French citizen from visiting her husband who was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The town hall of Ivry sur Seine near Paris houses Claude Mangin during her hunger strike.

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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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