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PUSL.-The French Association of Friendship and Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa launched on 25 February an urgent appeal to French President Emmanuel Macron requesting France’s intervention with the Moroccan government regarding the Saharawi political prisoner Mohamed Lamine Haddi on strike since 13 January 2021, without medical assistance so far and in serious danger of life.

Bagnolet on February 25, 2021

Mr. Emmanuel MACRON President of the Republic Elysée Palace
55 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris

Subject: Urgent appeal: Saharawi political prisoner Mohamed Lamine Haddi on hunger strike for 42 days

Mr. President of the Republic,

I am addressing you in order to alert you to the extremely serious situation in which the Saharawi political prisoner, Mohamed Lamin Haddi, a member of the Gdeim Izik group, has been on hunger strike for 42 days, with whom t no serious dialogue was undertaken by the Moroccan authorities in response to its legitimate demands. He has been in solitary confinement since September 16, 2017, the date of his arrival at Tiflet2 prison located 1,165 kilometers from El Aaiun where his family resides in Western Sahara.

Aged 40, he spent a quarter of his life in prison following a political trial deemed unfair by international human rights NGOs, where the only evidence provided by the prosecution was a confession obtained under torture, for him as for his companions, which the UN Committee Against Torture recognized following the complaint of Claude Mangin Asfari and ACAT.

I remind you that Mohamed Lamine Haddi was arrested in El Aaiun on November 20, 2010, thirteen days after the violent dismantling of the peaceful encampment of Gdeim Izik and sentenced by the military court in Rabat to 25 years in prison in 2013, sentence confirmed in appeal in 2016. Since his arrest he has been moved several times through prisons in Morocco while the Geneva Convention, ratified by Morocco, stipulates that people arrested by the occupying power of a non-self-governing territory must be tried and imprisoned in this territory.

Mohamed Lamine was forced to use this method of claiming his rights, which calls into question his young life, to denounce the various harassments to which he is the object and which has lasted for ten years: provocations and physical attacks, psychological intimidation, denial of rights guaranteed by international covenants and other rogue methods unworthy of state administration. His family has not visited for one year.

Given the links maintained by France with the Moroccan authorities and the responsibility that our country engages in supporting the occupation of a large part of Western Sahara, our association is asking you for urgent intervention to save Mohamed Lamine from an outcome which risks being fatal to him when the Moroccan prison authorities have not taken the necessary measures for the medical monitoring of people on hunger strike.

Please accept, Mr. Chairman, the expression of my best regards.

Jean-Paul ESCOFFIER President