stuff.co.nz – PUSL.- Protesters are planning a waterborne flotilla in Lyttelton harbour to protest a ship carrying phosphate from Western Sahara for Ravensdown Fertiliser.
A union representing port workers has concerns about safety, and is disappointed its alternative protest, a letter delivered to the ship’s crew, was rejected by Ravensdown.
Ravensdown said it is trading legally and within United Nations’ expectations.
Cargo ship Federal Crimson is expected to arrive in Lyttelton in early December carrying 51,000 tonnes of phosphate rock, after stopping at Napier Port from November 30 to December 1.
Three such shipments arrive annually. The phosphate is Moroccan phosphate exporter OCP’s cargo until it is unloaded.
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.
PUSL.- Mahfouda Lefkir was again presented in court today. Defense attorney Erguibi’s request for parole was rejected by the king’s prosecutor. The trial has been postponed to November 27.
Mahfouda is in alarming health situation with neurological complications that got worse after being beaten on 15 November when she was detained in the El Aaiun courtroom.
The refusal by the Moroccan authorities to let the family deliver the medicines Mahfouda has to take on a daily basis and the fact that they have injected her with a tranquilizer without knowing her medical history is particularly alarming.
Before going to court today at 1 pm her father was allowed to speak to her for a few minutes. Mahfouda said that when she was attacked by police she hit her head on the floor and that he is still has dizziness.
The young mother will have to await trial in the black prison of El Aaiun. Since this afternoon the family house of Mahfouda has been under siege by all Moroccan occupation forces. Tensions in El Aaiun are rising, Moroccan authorities are reinforcing the contingent and means of repression in the city.
To Mrs. Federica Mogherini
High Representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy
We, the Collective of Saharawi Associations in France and Belgium, have learned that activist Mahfouda Lefkir was arrested on Friday, November 15, 2019 by the Moroccan occupation authorities, while she was attending the trial of her cousin Mansour Othman, aged 15, who was sentenced to 1 month in prison. Mansour was arrested on October 28 and accused of having participated in the celebrations of the victory of the Algerian team in the African Cup.
The young mother, member of the association “Coordination of Gdeim Izik” and the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, was arrested inside the courtroom of the court of El Aaiún under the pretext of “assaulting an official” when she asked about her cousin’s case.
PUSL.- The Written Question by Sandra Pereira, MEP of the PCP (Portuguese Communist Party), addressed today to Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, questions the circumstances of the arrest of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir who was detained in the courtroom of El Aaiun last November 15th.
Elfakir was attending the trial of her 15-year-old cousin, who was sentenced to one month in prison for celebrating Algeria’s victory in the African Cup of Nations.
Mahfouda Elfakir was beaten by the authorities, was heard by the Moroccan prosecutor without a lawyer present and was denied the daily supply of medicines she needed.
PUSL.- Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir was arrested on Friday morning the 15th of November in the court of El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, where she was attending the trial of her 15-year-old cousin Mansour Elmoussaoui, who was sentenced to 1 month in prison. Mansour was arrested on 28 October and accused of participating in the celebrations of the Algerian team victory in the Africa Cup.
The young mother, member of the association “Coordination of Gdeim Izik” and the Moroccan Human Rights Association was detained inside the trial room on the pretext of “assaulting an official” when she asked something about her cousin’s case.
By refusing to climb into a common prisoner transport van, with only male prisoners, she was brutally beaten in front of all those at trial.
diariobahiadecadiz.com.- The contribution of Cadiz municipalism to the Saharawi cause “as a shout against indifference”, in debate in a conference in Cádiz
Cádiz is home to the second conference on municipalism regarding the process of decolonization of Western Sahara. An event, promoted by the City Council, which gives continuity to the space for reflection opened in 2018. Continue to deepen the cooperation with the Saharawi refugee camps, among the main points of the meeting, which is once again the “speaker of freedom claims and fair and necessary independence. “
The headquarters of the Municipal Foundation of Women, in the Plaza del Palillero de Cádiz, hosts on Tuesday the second conference on municipalism in the process of decolonization of Western Sahara. An event that gives continuity to the space of reflection opened in 2018 at the meeting, also in the capital of Cadiz, in which a dozen representatives participated and discussed the economic, legal and social situation of the Saharawi refugee camps.
PUSL.- Last Saturday, the Saharawi community and solidarity movements took part in an action against the WALLS in Saint Michel square in Paris.
This action was launched by the Palestinian NGO “Stop the Wall”, which was joined by over 400 organizations, networks and movements around the world for A WORLD WITHOUT WALLS “From Palestine to Mexico, all walls must fall”.
The Saharawi community and friendly associations have displayed photos of the world’s largest separation wall, the 2720-kilometer-long wall of shame built by the Moroccan occupier that divides the occupied territories of Western Sahara from the liberated territories.
During the meeting of the Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) this weekend, a resolution on Gdeim Izik Group’s Saharawi political prisoners was unanimously approved and acclaimed.
The resolution was proposed by the Portuguese Association of Democratic Jurists, who was represented by Dr. Madalena Santos, president of the Association and Dr. Hugo Dionsio.
Political Prisoners Western Sahara.
The 19 Saharawi Political Prisoners known as Gdeim Izik group, continue to suffer ill-treatment, medical neglect and torture after two unfair trials that have not been able to prove the guilt of any of the accused. Furthermore, two and a half years after the last trial the Moroccan Supreme Court still did not issue its decision. Their lawyer Maitre Olfa Ouled was prevented from seeing her clients or contact them, having been expelled from Morocco in February 2018 for the second time.
PUSL.- 9 years after the dismantling of Gdeim Izik’s camp, a nonviolent protest that gathered tens of thousands of Saharawis for a month outside El Aaiún, occupied territories of Western Sahara, Morocco continues to torture political prisoners and exploit and steal resources with the complicity of the international community.
The United Nations, which silently witnessed the dismantling, kidnapping and torture of the Saharawi population on November 8, 2010, continues to take no action to protect the population.
In Moroccan prisons, more than 50 political prisoners are seized, victims of torture, ill-treatment and isolation.
Gdeim Izik’s group, now made up of 19 political prisoners scattered across 5 Moroccan prisons, suffers daily reprisals despite repeated calls from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other NGOs and the UN itself to respect the most elementary rights of these prisoners.
PUSL.- The second chamber of the Court of Appeal in the occupied city of El Aaiun on Tuesday, 05 November 2019, issued harsh sentences against a group of Sahrawi activists who were arrested in connection with the celebrations of Algerian victory in the African Cup 19 July 2019.
The sentences imposed yesterday ranged from six months to one year. The verdicts were as follows: Hafez al-Hassan al-Habib, Kai Dahi al-Hadik, Mohamed Ali Sidi Tlemizi, Rugbi Sayed El Yazid and Salik Najem Ibrahim received a one year sentence, Sufian Hassan Salik, Jalil Arbi Mahdi, Abdelrahman Mohammed Laroussi and Hafiz Mohammed Sofi a six months sentence.
Several other participants in the celebrations of the Algerian victory are still being searched by the police who is detaining daily people that were filmed by the moroccan authorities on July 19 2019.