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.
This decision of the Moroccan authorities has been taken after the Committee against Torture of the UN (CAT) favourably considered Naama Asfari’s complaint of torture against the Moroccan Kingdom.
The final opinion of the CAT, issued on December 12, 2016, recognized regarding Naama the violation by the Moroccan State of several articles of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The CAT has expressly invited the Kingdom of Morocco “to refrain from any act of pressure, intimidation or reprisals likely to harm the physical and moral integrity of the complainant and his family”.
Claude Mangin Asfari, a French citizen and teacher at a college in the Paris region, is the wife of Naama and on Monday, April 16 2018, for the fourth time in nearly two years, she was denied access to the Moroccan territory, without explanation.
Claude has decided to go on an hunger strike on 18th of April to obtain the restoration of her right to visit his husband Naama currently held in Kenitra prison in Morocco.
The personalities that have signed the letter state that they consider that these entry bans constitute reprisals against Naama and his wife, who violate CAT’s recommendations and call on Emmanuel Macron and the French government to make every effort to ensure that the Moroccan authorities respect international humanitarian law and allow Claude Mangin Asfari to visit his husband Naama Asfari.