Haddi, Saharawi political prisoner made a hunger strike to be allowed to call his family

PUSL.- Mohamed Lamin Haddi, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group was incommunicado from the 8th until the 18th of September (last Friday).

According to the information of the family Mohamed Lamin Haddi was told that he could not call the family due a problem with the “Prison Phone booth”. Only after he started a hunger strike did the prison administration allow the phone call.

Mr. Haddi is detained in Tiflet2 prison where the other three members of the Gdeim Izik group who use the same phone booth where able to call their families during the entire week.

The lack of communication is particularly worrisome during the Covid pandemic when this is the only way to transmit to the families the health status of the prisoners.

Mr. Mohamed Lamin Haddi had recently requested his transfer to a prison nearer to his family in Western Sahara. He was offered a “temporary transfer for a few months” which he refused since he wants to be transferred to get closer to his family and to put an end to the prolonged solitary confinement he is victim of.

To reach Tiflet2 from El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, the family has to travel over 1300km.