Conditions of detention of Mahfouda, Saharawi activist, violate UN Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

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Mahfouda Lefkir was visited today by her Father and children. The young Saharawi mother and activist has been detained since 15 November (see news here).

According to Mr. Bomba, Mahfouda’s father, the conditions of detention to which she is subject do not correspond to the Nelson Mandela Rules – NMR (UN Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners).

In addition to continuing with severe headaches resulting not only from her previous medical condition but also from the attack and beatings received by the guards when they removed her from court and forced her into a van of male prisoners, she suffer from extreme dizziness.

The medication she needs to take daily is in the form of drops that have to be mixed with water. The guards who are now giving her medication do not prepare the mixture in front of her, and Mahfouda refuses to take the glass of water since she does not trust the guards.

Mahfouda shares the cell where she is in El Aaiun Black Prison, with two prisoners of common crime, which is contrary to Article 11.3 NMR.

The Saharawi activist sleeps on the floor which is also contrary to article 21 of the NMR.

The cell is infested and without minimum hygiene in violation of article 17 of the NMR.

The food provided is insufficient in both quantity and basic nutrients in violation of article 22 of the NMR.

On the 27th of November will be the trial of the young activist at El Aaiun Court.