Abdallahi Abbahah’s family denounces torture

La familia del preso político saharaui Abdallahi Abbahah denuncia tortura

The family of the political prisoner Abdallahi Abbahah denounced today the torture that this Saharawi activist has been submitted to since 4 December.

Ten days ago Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah and Ahmed Sbaai, two of Gdeim Izik’s detainees detained in Kenitra prison, Morocco, were placed in total isolation.

The family of Abdallahi Abbahah spoke to him today after his release from isolation and denounced the torture this political prisoner, condemned to life imprisonment was subjected to.

The place where he was in isolation for ten days was a toilet, infested and with excrement, a tiny place with the lights on day and night.

The guards continually insulted and humiliated him, he suffered threats and psychological torture.

Since the 4th of December he has been on an open hunger strike.

His health situation is very serious, and his eyes are inflamed and continually tearing due to continuous exposure to light.

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Amnesty International launches urgent action case Gdeim Izik

Amnesty International joins the denunciations and appeals made by various international organizations and NGOs demanding the protection of the Saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group. Amnisitía Internacional puts the spotlight on the case of prisoner Abdeljalil Laaroussi who, according to the families of the prisoner, is in a very weak state of health.

The medical situation of Abdeljalil Laaroussi is already known since the first military trial. Abdeljalil Laaroussi has denounced in the two processes, civil and military, the torture he suffered at the hands of Moroccan forces, showing the marks on his body, and the serious state of health, as we published repeatedly in PUSL (see article).

From PUSL we call on all our readers to join the Amnesty International campaign and write letters denouncing and warning of the serious situation in which the Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik are.

See: Amnesty International campaign

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Brahim Ismaili, El Bachir Khadda and Hassan Dah Saharawi political prisoners ended hunger strike after 33 and 38 days

According to Malika Ismaili, her father contacted her yesterday by phone who told her that he had suspended his hunger strike and that the Moroccan authorities promised to meet his demands.

Brahim Ismaili, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group started his hunger strike on the 1st of November and ended it 38 days later after being transported in a extremely critical situation to the Hospital in Rabat where he regained consciousness.

Mr. Ismaili had been repeatedly punished for demanding his most basic rights. He was put in total isolation and in a psych ward during his hunger strike.

The Moroccan authorities even went so far as to make a public statement where it is said that “the lack of positive interaction between some of those detainees and their obstinacy in making hunger strike warnings despite the institution’s willingness to facilitate their detention conditions and preserve their health, the administration had to apply the regulation appropriate against them “. Not specifying what  the “appropriate regulation against them” is.

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26 European Deputies denounce situation of Saharawi political prisoners – Gdeim Izik

In a letter promoted by Paloma Lopéz from the United Left, sent today to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Frederica Mogherini, MEPs from Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK urge the European Union and Mogherini to intervene to end the ill-treatment and torture to which the political prisoners of Gdeim Izik have been subjected and the liberation of these group of Saharawi Political prisoners.

These MEP’s are members of various political groups (Confederal Group of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left; Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance; Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament) highlight the worrying health situation of prisoners in Hunger Strike for more than 3 weeks, prisoners placed as “punishment” in tiny cells known as “coffin” without clothing, and the forced confinement of all prisoners of Gdeim Izik who are 22 hours or more detained in individual cells.

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Saharawi Political Prisoners Abdallahi Abbahah and Ahmed Sbaai in critical situation

According to information from the family of Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah the Kenitra prison administration placed Abdallahi Abbahah and Ahmed Sbaai in an isolation cell without clothes or blankets, having been tortured since yesterday 4 of December.

Ahmed Sbaai suffers from chronic heart disease.

The Families ask for urgent intervention from the international community and the solidarity movement.

Abdallahi Abbahah and Ahmed Sbaai of the Gdeim Izik Group are sentenced to life in prison.

The ill-treatment and punishment inflicted on all Saharawi political prisoners has worsened daily.

Several of the prisoners in this group are in a life-threatening situation.

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Morocco denies legal action against Saharawi political prisoners

The General Delegation of the Prison Administration and Reintegration (GDPAR) of the Kingdom of Morocco reacted to a letter sent by foreign lawyers to the French Prime Minister on the situation of the political prisoners of the group of Gdeim Izik reported yesterday in  h24info.ma.

In an article published on Thursday, in response to the letter / denunciation of a group of lawyers from 5 countries addressed to the French prime minister visiting Morocco, the General Delegation of the Prison Administration and Reintegration (GDPAR) denies the allegations and states that the detainees enjoy all their rights, in the same way as other prisoners, and do not suffer damage to their dignity or mistreatment,

According to GDPAR  “the lack of positive interaction between some of those detainees and their obstinacy in making hunger strike warnings despite the institution’s willingness to facilitate their detention conditions and preserve their health, the administration had to apply the regulation appropriate against them “. Not specifying what  the “appropriate regulation against them” is.

It is surprising to note that a hunger strike, according to the GDPAR  is an act of indiscipline which requires disciplinary correction and that there is an “appropriate regulation”, which probably are  the ones that can be read in the letter of the lawyers.

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GDEIM IZIK – Lawyers from 5 countries send letter to French Prime Minister

European lawyers from Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and Switzerland sent today a letter to the French prime minister visiting Rabat calling for his intervention to protect the Sahrawi political prisoners known as the Gdeim Izik Group.

According to Ingrid Metton, French lawyer of the defense team of these political prisoners, the conditions of detention are alarming, with serious risks to the physical integrity of the 19 detainees not only because of the lack of medication and minimal medical attention, but also because the administration of Kenitra prison transferred a Moroccan prisoner of common crime with a history of extreme violence to the same ward as the saharawi detainees The political prisoners went on a 48-hour strike to alert public opinion to this threat and hold the prison director accountable for any injuries and attacks they may suffer.

This letter is a further appeal in a long list of international communications and denunciations from various quarters of civil society that warn of the seriousness of the situation and call on the international community to pressure Morocco to respect the basic principles of human rights.

Mrs. Metton reaffirmed that both she and her colleague and co-advocate for the group, Dr. Olfa Ouled will continue to defend these human rights activists until justice prevails.

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Statement of the Political Prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group

On 10 November 2017, the Central Prison Administration of Kenitra placed a Moroccan prisoner who comitted violent crimes, in a cell in the same wing as the rooms of the Saharawi political prisoners Mr El Bashir Boutanguiza , Abdallahi Lakfawni and Houcein Zawi. , The presence of a detainee of criminal offense in the same wing where the Sahrawi political detainees are present constitutes a danger to our lives and a threat to our physical safety, especially since the Moroccan state, through its media, has always launched campaigns to incite against us, which makes us always threatened, especially after the prison administration has dispersed our group in various prisons. To join Saharawi Political Prisoners with Moroccan prisoners of criminal offense is a flagrant violation of the law, charters and customs that provide for the protection of prisoners of conscience, even more when the prisoners of conscience are from an occupied territory .

We condemn this heinous act and bad intentions and hold the Moroccan State fully responsible for what may affect the safety of our lives. Our lives are threatened and we call on all associations, and democratic institutions to intervene to save us.

Sahrawi political detainees of the Gdeim Izik group
Central prison of Kenitra

Monday, 13 November 2017

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Alarming situation of Saharawi political prisoners

Moroccan authorities have increased pressure and mistreatment of Saharawi political prisoners.

Mohamed Bani, Sidahmed Lemjeyid and Mbarek Lefkir were on a protest strike this Tuesday and Wednesday, they still do not have their belongings confiscated on September 16 when the Gdeim Izik prisoners were dispersed in 7 prisons in Morocco. This group that is detained in Ait Melloul spends most of the day inside individual cells and the guards have been trying through threats to force them to sign blank paper sheet. So far the Saharawi activists have refused. Their health situation is also getting worse.

Hassan Dah and Brahim Ismaili also from the group of Gdeim Izik detained in Tiflet2 prison are on hunger strike due to the ill-treatment to which they have been subjected. In response to this protest the prison administration sent Brahim Ismaili to a ward for prisoners with psychiatric diseases, in a cell without the minimum of hygienic conditions and infested by insects.

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