New complaint before the against Morocco

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish) Português (Portuguese (Portugal)) Français (French) Because he persists in denouncing the violations of which Sahrawi detainees are subjected to, Naâma Asfari is constantly object of reprisals by the Moroccan government. In response, the Action of the Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) once again urge the United Nations to appeal to Morocco.

Naâma Asfari, a Saharawi human rights defender, has been detained since November 2010 and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on the basis of confessions signed under torture for his participation in the Gdeim Izik protest camp.

His wife, Claude Mangin-Asfari, is still deprived of visiting her husband. In April 2018, in protest, Claude decided to go on hunger strike for a month. 2 months later and despite repeated attempts by the French government to get Morocco to let her enter the kingdom to visit Naâma Asfari, Claude is still denied the right to visit her husband.

In recent months, Naâma Asfari has suffered further harassment:

  • On February 13, 2018, the Saharawi defender’s cell was emptied and searched and his belongings were trampled by the guards. This humiliating search constitutes a violation of the UN minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners.
  • Subsequently, Naâma Asfari was placed in solitary confinement. His brother, who came to visit him during this period from the occupied territories, could not see him.
  • After the isolation period, Naâma Asfari was transferred to a prison in Kenitra, more than 1,200 KM from his family, who lives in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.


These reprisals are intended to punish him for having complained to the CAT (UN committee against torture) and persist in denouncing the violations of which his fellow Sahrawis are subjected to.

In December 2016, on the basis of a complaint filed on behalf of Naâma Asfari by ACAT and Ancile, the United Nations Committee Against Torture condemned Morocco for multiple violations of the Convention against Torture: torture during the arrest, interrogation and detention (art.1) of Naâma Asfari, failure to investigate allegations of repeated torture (art.12), violation of the obligation to guarantee the right to lodge a complaint through retaliation against the victim and one of his lawyers (art. 13), violation of the obligation of compensation and reparation (art.14), consideration of confessions signed under torture (art.15) and ill-treatment in detention (art.16).

The CAT decision has still not seen the beginning of a start of implementation and Morocco continues to press against Naâma and his wife. That is why ACAT and ISHR have decided to seize once again the Committee against Torture (CAT) as well as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General in charge of reprisals to call on Morocco and condemn the pressure exerted on Naâma .


You will find here and here the two letters sent by the firm Ancile and ACAT as part of the procedure of follow-up of the decision of the CAT.