Letter of support and endorsement: Hunger Strike by Ms Claude Mangin Asfari

Zwe Mandela and Claude Mangin

We bring you greetings of this Nelson Mandela Centennial Celebration Year and affirm our continued support of his courageous legacy of solidarity with the struggling masses of the world, wherever they may be and whatever injustice they may be facing; we stand as one united in the struggle for justice, freedom, human dignity and peace.

We have stood by the just struggle of the Sahrawi people for decades and will continue to do so and therefore call on the French Government and the Moroccan authorities to ensure that the basic human rights of Ms Claude Mangin Asfari and her husband Naama Asfari is upheld and respected.

The continued suppression of the rights of the Sahrawi people in violation of International law, and the denial of their right to self-determination is a moral crime that is as despicable as it is untenable. We note with concern the violation of the basic human rights of Ms Claude Mangin Asfari and denial of her rights to a private and family life under International Humanitarian Law. Read more

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Morocco detains Saharawi journalist – World Press Freedom Day

The Moroccan occupation authorities detained Laaroussi Ndour, photographer and publisher of the Bentilli Center, one of several Sahrawi media groups who daily report and film human rights violations in the occupied territories of Western Sahara committed by Morocco.

The arrest of journalist Ndour is part of the systematic policy of silencing the Saharawi media, whose journalists are persecuted and victims of ill-treatment, torture and detention.

Laaroussi Ndour, 26, was arrested on the evening of March 2, 2018 on Smara Avenue in El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara. According to witnesses the journalist was arrested by a group of Moroccan police and transferred in a police car to the central police station. This young Saharawi journalist has been persecuted several times by the occupation authorities because of his political convictions.

Bentili, holds the Moroccan state responsible for the physical integrity of Laroussi Ndour, and strongly condemns this retaliation against the Saharawi journalist. Read more

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Personalities appeal to Macron supporting Claude Mangin in her 17th day of hunger strike

An appeal that already has over 200 signatures from artists, lawyers, politicians and members of various associations addressed to Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, supporting Claude Mangin-Asfari , a French citizen on hunger strike since April 18thto obtain again her right to visit her husband in jail in Morocco, was launched yesterday.

Amongst the personalities is the well-known Spanish actor Javier Bardem, but also MEP’s and deputies of different political scoops.

The basic right of Claude Mangin to see her husband , Naama Asfari who is a Saharawi political prisoner of  the Gdeim Izik Group, has been denied for two years by the Moroccan authorities who do not let the French citizen enter the country.

This entry refusal amounts to a ban on her husband’s visit, which is a serious violation of her basic right to a private and family life, which is contrary to international humanitarian law. Read more

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