Abdel Jalil Laaroussi, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group ends today a ten day long hunger strike in the jail of Okasha, Casablanca.
The demand of Mr. Laaroussi is the transfer to another prison. Abdel Jalil Laaroussi is the only member of the Gdeim Izik group member in the prison of Casablanca and is in total isolation since September 16.
Despite having serious health problems as a result of the extreme torture that he has been submitted to, he continues to be victim of medical neglect, suffering from daily blood lost for years and extremely high blood pressure .
On the 15th January, Laaroussi has university examinations but all his books were confiscated in order to prevent him from studying .
The direction of the prison does not delivery the food, nor personal hygiene essentials that his family brings to prison. Read more
Sahrawi political prisoner Mohamed Mbarek Lefkir of the Gdeim Izik group was subjected to physical and psychological torture last Monday, December 25, by the guards of Ait Melloul prison where he has been detained since 16 September.
Lefkir was to take a university examination on December 25, the guards who escorted him to a prison room where he was supposed to take the exam told him to undress and be naked to be allowed to take the test.
As Lefkir denied to do so, , the Saharawi political prisoner was brutally beaten, with heavy blows to the head until he lost his consciousness . The guards ripped all his clothes off and told him that he was POLISARIO and therefore they would never let him pass an exam or allow him to study.
Lefkir who is part of the group known as Gdeim Izik was abducted and a victim of arbitrary detention in 2010, was sentenced to 25 years in a military court in 2013 and after the annulment of that sentence again convicted with the same sentence this year. Read more
On the 20th December 2017, Mohamed Ayoubi, Saharawi from the group of Gdeim Izik was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the court of appeal in Sale, Rabat.
The case of Mohammed Ayoubi had been separated from the proceedings of the rest of the group in June of this year and he was the only accused who had not yet received judgment of the appeal court.
Ayoubi was on parole since the end of the military trial in 2013 because of his critical health.
Yesterday the trial and sentence reading took place without the presence of Mohamed Ayoubi, who is in Agadir where he carries out hemodialysis in the hospital of that city.
According to information gathered by PUSL, Ayoubi’s situation remains unchanged and he will remain on parole. Read more
In the question addressed to the Government (through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) by MP Carla Cruz, from the Parliamentary Group of the PCP, on the “Situation of Saharawi political prisoners”, the PCP questions the government if it has knowledge or contacted international institutions about this subject.
The parliamentary group of the PCP has addressed several questions to the government on this issue and the grave violation of human rights by the Moroccan occupation force in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
This parliamentary group has also presented votes and motions for the liberation of Saharawi political prisoners and for the respect of the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination, which have been approved by a majority of the deputies of the various parties represented in the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic. Read more
Brahim Ismaili was transferred today to the prison of Ait Melloul, Morocco. The human rights activist and member of the Gdeim Izik Group had held a 36-day hunger strike, demanding the transfer from Tiflet 2 prison to a prison closer to El Aaiun, Western Sahara.
The state of health of Brahim Ismaili is worrisome due to the pre-existing diseases and the physical debilitation resulting from the prolonged hunger strike.
Ismaili, is now in the same prison as Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Mbarek Lefkir and Mohamed Bani of the Gdeim Izik group. Read more
Testimony of Ahmed Sbaai human rights defender and Saharawi political prisoner (Gdeim Izik Group) about the ten days spent in a toilet of the Kenitra central prison.
As the world was preparing to commemorate the International Day of Human Rights, the Moroccan State also celebrated it, but in its own way,
Thus, on December 4, 2017, I was dragged into a small toilet, as well as my partner from the same group, Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah , who was also thrown into another toilet not far from me. It was a very small space with nauseating odors and insects and a small vent that allowed the entry of cold during the night. These toilets are on the second floor called *Barrio de Arrepentimiento *. All the prisoners there are common criminals, who scream day and night, knock on the doors and there is a intense smell of cigarette smoke. To this we must add that the light bulbs are on all night. The food was dirty and I was not allowed to have my belongings or change clothes for 10 days or to wash myself, I could no longer distinguish the body odor from the smell of the toilet. This has only aggravated my already precarious health because I have difficulty breathing, heart problems and allergies. I had itching in different parts of my body. Every night, I was suffocating and I could not find anyone to help me. They prevented me from contacting my lawyer. They forbade me papers and a pen to write to the authorities and organizations to intervene to get me out of this nightmare. I had announced that I started a open hunger strike open from the first day and am still on hunger strike. I was suffering from hunger and cold, and above all I had no news from my family who lives in El Aaiún, in Western Sahara. I have not been able to see my father for seven years in violation of the Moroccan prison law no. 93/28 and of all the norms and customs related to rights of prisoners regarding their families. Read more
Photo by Ida Bergstrøm/UIB
Tone Sørfonn Moe, Norwegian observer was expelled today at 12h50 local time from El Aaiun, capital of the non-self governing territory Western Sahara by the Moroccan authorities.
Tone is a Norwegian law student, and was an international observer at the Gdeim Izik trial, held at the Court of Appeal in Salé, Morocco 2016/2017, she is accredited by Fundación Sahara Occidental, an organization that monitors Human Rights and the situation of the Saharawi Political prisoners. Tone was supposed to observe a court case against a group of political prisoners in Marrakech on 12 December, that was postponed.
She travelled from Agadir to El Aaiún, the capital of Western Sahara last Sunday, 10 th December.
Ms, Moe texted at 12h50
“I am being transported out of El Aaiun now. According to the police, international observers are not welcome. According to the police, i did not arrive in a legal way. I explained to the civilian agent that I arrived in El Aaiun by taxi from Agadir, and that i am an international observer. I was approached in my hotel by approximately 20-25 police officers wearing civil clothes. 10 of these civilian agents was filming me and taking my pictures. Read more
The family of the political prisoner Abdallahi Abbahah denounced today the torture that this Saharawi activist has been submitted to since 4 December.
Ten days ago Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah and Ahmed Sbaai, two of Gdeim Izik’s detainees detained in Kenitra prison, Morocco, were placed in total isolation.
The family of Abdallahi Abbahah spoke to him today after his release from isolation and denounced the torture this political prisoner, condemned to life imprisonment was subjected to.
The place where he was in isolation for ten days was a toilet, infested and with excrement, a tiny place with the lights on day and night.
The guards continually insulted and humiliated him, he suffered threats and psychological torture.
Since the 4th of December he has been on an open hunger strike.
His health situation is very serious, and his eyes are inflamed and continually tearing due to continuous exposure to light. Read more
The trial session of the appeal process of thr group of 15 Saharawi students detained in the Marrakesh prison, was adjourned.
The session, which began several hours late, served only to inform that the trial would be postponed to 16 January 2018.
This group of students was sentenced on June 22 last year, with 11 students punished to 3 and 4 students sentenced to 10 years in prison.
PUSL has been monitoring this process since the arrest of these young people in 2016.
For more information consult the published report and the articles. Read more
Amnesty International joins the denunciations and appeals made by various international organizations and NGOs demanding the protection of the Saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group. Amnisitía Internacional puts the spotlight on the case of prisoner Abdeljalil Laaroussi who, according to the families of the prisoner, is in a very weak state of health.
The medical situation of Abdeljalil Laaroussi is already known since the first military trial. Abdeljalil Laaroussi has denounced in the two processes, civil and military, the torture he suffered at the hands of Moroccan forces, showing the marks on his body, and the serious state of health, as we published repeatedly in PUSL (see article).
From PUSL we call on all our readers to join the Amnesty International campaign and write letters denouncing and warning of the serious situation in which the Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik are.
See: Amnesty International campaign Read more
According to Malika Ismaili, her father contacted her yesterday by phone who told her that he had suspended his hunger strike and that the Moroccan authorities promised to meet his demands.
Brahim Ismaili, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group started his hunger strike on the 1st of November and ended it 38 days later after being transported in a extremely critical situation to the Hospital in Rabat where he regained consciousness.
Mr. Ismaili had been repeatedly punished for demanding his most basic rights. He was put in total isolation and in a psych ward during his hunger strike.
The Moroccan authorities even went so far as to make a public statement where it is said that “the lack of positive interaction between some of those detainees and their obstinacy in making hunger strike warnings despite the institution’s willingness to facilitate their detention conditions and preserve their health, the administration had to apply the regulation appropriate against them “. Not specifying what the “appropriate regulation against them” is. Read more