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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Banga and Tahlil Saharawi political prisoners beaten by prison guards

Cheik Banga and Mohamed Tahlil, Sahrawi political prisoners from Gdeim Izik group, currently detained in Bouzakarn prison were attacked today by prison guards.

The guards began by insulting the Saharawi political prisoners, and when Banga and Tahlil answered, the prison officials beat them.

Insults, humiliations and ill-treatment against Saharawi political prisoners are constant, as is medical negligence and absolute disrespect for the minimum rules of treatment of prisoners established by the United Nations.

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Houses of families of Saharawi political prisoners besieged

On the 24th of the hunger strike of Abdallahi Abbahah, El Bachir Boutanguiza, Abdallahi Lakfawni and Mohamed Bourial, the families placed banners demanding respect for the rights of these political prisoners from the Gdeim Izik Group and their transfer nearer to their families.

Each house of the 4 families was today a stage of demonstration with the placement of the banners and peacefully sit-in in El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara.

The occupation authorities keep the houses under tight surveillance and siege.

The prisoners’ health continues to deteriorate and the prison administration has not initiated any dialogue.

The prisoners continue without any visit by nurses or doctors, according to information given by the families who visited them today.

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Saharawi political prisoners 22 days on hunger strike

After 22 days of hunger strike the Sahrawi political prisoners of the group of Gdeim Izik on hunger strike since March 9 present serious symptoms of health and loss of physical autonomy.

According to the family members who visited yesterday the prisoners in strike in the Kenitra prison the situation is alarming.

Mohamed Bourial was transported by 4 guards to the visiting room as he is incapable of standing by his own. Bourial reaffirmed that he will not give up the hunger strike until his demands are met. According to the mother and the sister, Bourial vomits blood and its general state is alarming.

Abdallahi Abbahah’s brother also reported that Abdallahi spits blood and vomits all the water he ingests vomits.

Abdallahi Lakfawni was transported to the infirmary due to loss of consciousness, but after a short time he was put back in the punishment cell.

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Life of Saharawi political prisoners in hungerstrike in danger

Yesterday the brother of the saharawi political prisoner Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah visited him in Kenitra Prison and told us that the situation is alarming.

Mr. Abdallahi Abbahah informed his brother that:

– He has extreme pain in his body
– Has only one blanket on the floor and another to cover himself but very thin and suffers from acute cold
– Has double vision
– Requested bottled water several times, but the guards refused to give it to him and said “you can die or live we don’t care”. Salt and sugar are also denied.
– He has no knowledge about his fellow prisoners in hunger strike, he didn’t knew if they were alive or dead, if they continue or not the hunger strike
– he was not visited by the doctor

Mr. Abdallahi Abbahah said he would continue his hunger strike until his demands were met, the respect of his basic rights.

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Three hunger strikers of Gdeim Izik group received family visits

Today the mothers of Abdallahi Lakfawni and El Bashir Boutanguiza detained at Kenitra Prison and Brahim Ismaili’s family detained at Ait-Melloul Prison 2 were allowed to visit the prisoners who are on their 18 day of hunger strike and in isolation.

These families reported that the prisoner are in an alarming state of health, inability to move, body pain, dificulty to see, frequent nausea, headaches, kidney and stomach ache. According to the families the prisoners are victims of medical neglect.

The prisoners are kept in punishment cells known as kacho or coffin cells infested with insect and vermins without appropriate ventilation and absence of basic hygiene. The cells are cold and humid and the prisoners do not have sufficient blankets.

The prison administration does not allow them to drink bottled water nor are they allowed to add sugar or salt to the tap water.

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Inhumane treatment of saharawi political prisoners on hungerstrike

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, Abdallahi Lakfawni, El Bachir Boutanguiza and Mohamed Bourial, saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group, detained in Kenitra Prison, in hungerstrike and isolation since 9th of March continue their protest albeit all pressure.

After several complaints sent by their French lawyer Maitre Ouled to the Moroccan judicial authorities, to ask for an investigation of the inhuman treatement the prisoners are subjected to due to the isolation, the health statuts of the detainees remains preoccupying.

Two Lawyers of the defense team visited the prisoners on the 21st of March and the prisoners were very debilitated.

It has to be underlined that, the Moroccan law only authorizes isolation for security or precaution reasons which do not apply in the case of the Gdeim Izik prisoners.

The political prisoners are now in hunger strike since 9th of March demanding that the morrocan authorities improve their detention conditions by notably transferring them to near to their families.

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Political prisoner Mohamed Bani ends hunger strike

Political prisoner Mohamed Bani, who was on hunger strike for 14 days that started on the 9th of March, ended his protest today after a meeting with the Regional Director of  Prison and Reintegration who promised him a transfer to Bouzakarn prison and authorization for his family to visit 4 days a week and two weekly phone calls.

In a telephone call this morning with his wife, Bani said that he is very sick.

Mohamed Bani Sahrawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group has been tortured and is serving a life sentence.

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Relatives of Gdeim Izik’s political prisoners appeal to SG of the UN

The relatives of the political prisoners of Gdeim Izik appealed today to António Guterres, SG of the United Nations to intervene in favor of these Saharawi activists, whose elementary rights are violated daily.

Continuing tortures, random transfers from jail, isolation, medical malpractice are just some of the aspects focused on this appeal.

The families also alert to the prisoners who are currently on hunger strike and have been put in isolation as a punitive measure, a clear violation of the most elementary rights.

The families denounce the lack of dialogue on the part of the Moroccan authorities despite the numerous complaints presented by detainees and relatives.

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