Portuguese MEP of PCP questions Morgherini about Saharawi political prisoner in Hungerstrike

PUSL.- Miguel Viegas, MEP of the Portugues Communist Party presented a written question concerning the Gdeim Izik prisoners currently detained in Tiflet2 prison.

Mr. El Bachr Khadda is in Hungerstrike for 16 days (since 18th September) and Mr. Sidi Abdallah Abbahah started a hunger strike two days ago. The Portuguese MEP is particularly worried about the detention conditions and the prolonged confinement these prisoners endure for several months since their transfer to Tiflet2 prison as well as the violence of the guards and the prison administration against these prisoners.

El Bachir Khadda, Mohamed Lamin Haddi, and Sidi Abdallah Abbahah are the three Saharawi political prisoners of the group Gdeim Izik who are in Tiflet2 prison the remaining 16 prisoners are in Kenitra, El Arjat, Ait Melloul, and Bouzakarn. Tiflet2 is the prison that is farther away from El Aaiun, over 1300km.

Question for written answer

the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Rule 130 of the Rules of Procedure

Miguel Viegas (GUE / NGL)

Subject: Prisoners of Gdeim Izik on hunger strike

I hereby denounce the situation of the Sahrawi prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group detained in the Tiflet prison in Morocco. The situation of El Bachir Khadda on hunger strike since 18 September is critical. Prisoners are held in solitary confinement for several months. In the case of Mohamed Lamin Haddi and El Bachir Khadda the isolation lasts from 2017. Abbahah, besides being in solitary confinement, was subjected to verbal and physical abuses by guards. These prisoners are more than 1,300 km from their homeland. They were sentenced in two trials without a minimum guarantee of respect for the law, using statements made under torture.

The Moroccan authorities, as well as the CNDH (National Human Rights Council), are continuously receiving reports from their own prisoners, their families and their legal representative, Olfa Ouled, without any response.

I ask the High Representative how she is assessing this situation, in particular with regard to the CNDH she has referred to so often, and what measures she intends to take with the Moroccan authorities so that the fundamental rights of the Saharawi people, and in particular the prisoners of Gdeim Izik, are respected.