El Bachir Khadda, saharawi political prisoner victim of harrasment

PUSL.- According to a communiqué of the family, the local prison administration of Tiflet 2 provoked and harassed El Bachir Khadda, Sahrawi political prisoner of thr Gdeim Izik group.

Khadda is denied medical attention since December 2017 and has presented several complaints regarding his detention situation. He is in prolonged solitary confinement for over 9 months, has no medical attention, and has been victim of ill treatment and insults.

His family denounced the latest attempt on the 27th of July of the prison administration to force Mr. Khadda to wear a dirty uniform of the comun prisoners as the condition to be brought to the hospital and receive treatment.

The political prisoner refused defending his right to have clean clothes and wear is own clothes since he is not a comun prisoner.

Mr. Khadda told the family that the prison administration deliberately humiliated him and treated him in a indignified and immoral and that he categorically rejects wearing a dirty uniform to go to the hospital. Read more

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CJEU judgement: EU-Morocco fishery agreement cannot include Western Sahara

PUSL.- The Court of Justice of the European Union  (CJEU) has confirmed in it’s latest ruling published on 19th of July that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara and therefore the EU’s fisheries agreement with Morocco cannot be applied to the territory.

“it follows from the foregoing considerations that the Partnership Agreement and the 2013 Protocol must be interpreted in accordance with the rules of international law binding on the Union and applicable in the relations between the Union and the Kingdom of Morocco. In this sense, the territory of Western Sahara, and the waters adjacent to the territory, do not fall within the respective territorial scope of this Agreement and Protocol”.

This judgement referes to the case brought by the Frente Polisario against the EU Council over the application of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement to Western Sahara in 2014 and confirms the two previous rulings of 21st December 2016 referring to the case presented by Polisario Front  and on 27th February 2018 the case of Western Sahara Campaign against the UK Government that was then referred by the UK High Court to the CJEU. Read more

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The Council votes on the Commission’s proposal for a decision amending the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco

PUSL.- On 16 July the Council adopted a decision on the extension of tariff preferences in the Association Agreement with Morocco in Western Sahara. According to the Commission, the decision is in line with the judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU on the liberalization agreement on agricultural and other products of 21 December 2016.
As a reminder, on 29 May 2017, the Council authorized the Commission to open negotiations with a view to providing a legal basis for granting preferences to products originating in Western Sahara following the judgment of 21 December 2016 in the case C-104/16 P 3, in which the Court of Justice of the European Union had ruled that the Association Agreement and the liberalization agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco did not apply to Western Sahara.
Two rounds of negotiations took place. The first was held on June 15 and 16, 2017, the second on July 18, 2017. The Chief Negotiators initiated the draft agreement on January 31, 2018.

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One year after, the Saharawi Gdeim Izik political prisoners are still subject to inhuman treatments

By Fito Alvarez Tombo – PUSL

19 of the original 24 Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group remain in prison, with sentences that range from 20 years to life imprisonment and continue to be victims of torture, ill treatment and intentional medical neglect by the Moroccan authorities.

The French defense lawyer of the Gdeim Izik Group, Maître Ouled, is extremely preoccupied with the continues disrespect of the Moroccan authorities with the most basic human rights, as well as the infringements and violations of the national and international law regarding her defendants.

“They have been subjected to sever ill treatment and in some cases torture, as well as extreme medical neglect after their last sentencing on 19th of July 2017 by the court of appeal of Salé, Rabat. Besides the fact that there is still a decision pending from the Cour de cassation and that this trial did not present any evidence of guilt, it is clear that my clients are in some cases in life endangerment due to their health status. We are addressing, with their families, the competent authorities regarding the infringements and violation and will continue to do so. We are just asking for the inherent rights of my clients to be considered as innocent since there is no proof of guilt other than declarations signed under torture, tortures that were never investigated. It is here a question of the right to live which excludes confinement and almost total isolation from the outside world.  An urgent solution has to be found since clearly this situation is not sustainable for much longer.” Read more

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Mohamed Bani, Saharawi political prisoner without adequate medical care

PUSL.- Mr. Bani, Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group, who went on hunger strike for 14 days in March, which aggravated his already precarious health, since he was placed in solitary confinement as punishment, has not yet received appropriate medical attention.

The hunger strike ended after a meeting with the Regional Delegate of the General Delegation for Administration of Penitentiaries and Social Reintegration, when he was promised a transfer to Bouzakarn Prison, with authorization for family visits 4 days a week and two weekly phone calls.

These promises have not been fulfilled and Mr Bani remains in the same situation.

Ms. Bani and her five children traveled to Ait Melloul prison to visit him.
His French lawyer, Maitre Ouled, told us that she had sent a fax to the director of the Ait Melloul prison on the basis of article 75 of the Dahir n ° 1-99-200 of 13 joumada I 1420 (Moroccan law), which authorizes and regulates family visits . She requested that the presence of Mr. Bani’s children, including some minors, would be taken into account. Read more

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The Irish Senate approves a law that controls economic activity related to occupied territories

By a small vote difference (from 20 to 25), the Irish Senate passed a law banning the importation of goods from occupied territories.

The bill is unprecedented for an EU member state, but it is not yet law.

The Senate bill provides for a ban on trading goods and services originating in the occupied territories based on the 4th Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilians in Time of War and under customary international humanitarian law.

This is the first bill of its kind in the EU. To become law, it must be ratified by the lower house of parliament. That is not likely to happen, as the ruling Fine Gael Irish government wants an EU response rather than unilateral measures. Read more

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New complaint before the against Morocco

acatfrance.fr.- Because he persists in denouncing the violations of which Sahrawi detainees are subjected to, Naâma Asfari is constantly object of reprisals by the Moroccan government. In response, the Action of the Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) once again urge the United Nations to appeal to Morocco.

Naâma Asfari, a Saharawi human rights defender, has been detained since November 2010 and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on the basis of confessions signed under torture for his participation in the Gdeim Izik protest camp.

His wife, Claude Mangin-Asfari, is still deprived of visiting her husband. In April 2018, in protest, Claude decided to go on hunger strike for a month. 2 months later and despite repeated attempts by the French government to get Morocco to let her enter the kingdom to visit Naâma Asfari, Claude is still denied the right to visit her husband. Read more

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Bourial saharawi political prisoner of Gdeim Izik group transferred

PUSL.- Saharawi political prisoner Mohamed Bourial from the Gdeim Izik group was transferred to Bozakarn prison for a period of 60 days.

Mohamed Bourial is serving a sentence of 30 years and is being detained in Tiflet prison, almost 1300km away from El Aaiún.

On May 7th, Bourial was transferred from Kenitra prison to Tiflet2 where he has been in prolonged confinement in a block with criminal offenders among them prisoners with psychiatric problems .

Mohamed Bourial has two minor children and asked to be transferred to Bouzakarn so that his the boys can visit him.

At the time of publication, the family had not yet spoken with Bourial, but this temporary transference seems to be confirmed. Read more

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A team of the UPV finds new mass graves in Western Sahara

Naiz.eus.-A research team of the UPV, under the direction of the coroner Paco Etxeberria, has found three new mass graves in the region of Meheris, in Western Sahara.

A forensic investigation team of the UPV / EHU, under the direction of Professor Paco Etxeberria and promoted by Hegoa-Institute of Studies on Development and International Cooperation, has exhumed three new mass graves in the Meheris region, in the liberated territories of the Saharawi Republic.

As reported by the academic institution in a note, the remains found could be traced back to the first months of the Moroccan invasion, since among the objects found next to one the victims were 68 coins for a total value of 689 pesetas of the Spanish era.

The forensic analyzes are carried out in the UPV / EHU and the reports have served the court number 5 of the National Court in the case of violations of human rights to the Saharawi people in 1976 by Morocco. Read more

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El Wafi Wakari saharawi political prisoner needs urgent medical attention and protection of his life

PUSL.- 28 year old, Mr. OUAKARI ELOIFI (also spelled El Wafi Wakari) saharawi political prisoner who was transferred on 4th of July to Ait Melloul prison needs urgent medical attention and protection of his life.

After his transfer Mr. Eloifi was put in a cell with Moroccan violent offenders which poses serious concerns about his physical integrity since he is absolutely incapable of defending himself due to his health condition.

In the same prison are three other saharawi students: Ali Shargui, Hamza Rami and Ahmed Abba Ali from the same group, known as Companions of El Uali who were transferred on the same day, but are in different cell blocks and of which there are no current information.

The families urge the UN and the EU to address the moroccan authorities with the request to join all sahararawi political prisoners currently detained in Ait Melloul.

Mr. Eloifi was detained in January 2016 and since his arrest he has undergone severe ill treatment, beatings, insufficient food intake, psychological and physical distress. Read more

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One year after their sentence, the Saharawi Political Prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group remain subjected to torture and ill-treatment

PUSL.- 19 of the original 24 Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group remain in prison, with sentences that range from 20 years to life imprisonment.

They have been subjected to sever ill treatment and in some cases torture, as well as extreme medical neglect after their last sentencing on 19th of July 2017 by the court of appeal of Salé, Rabat.

The prisoners are currently dispersed in the following prisons: Tiflet2 (Sidi Abdallah Abbahah, Mohamed Bourial, Mohamed Lamin Haddi, El Bachir Khadda); Kenitra (Naama Asfari,  El Bachir Boutanguiza, Hassan Dah, Abdallah Lakhfawni; Ahmed Sbaai, Houcein Zawi) El Arjat (Abdel Jalil Laaroussi); Ait Melloul (Brahim Ismaili, Mohamed Bani, Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Mohamed Lefkir); Bouzakarn (Cheikh Banga, Mohamed Tahlil, Abdallah Toubali, Khouna Babeit).

The prisoners of Tiflet2 are since their arrival to this prison in prolonged solitary confinement without meaningful human contact, which is considered one of the harshest forms of torture leading to both physical as psychological damage. The families of these prisoners presented several complaints to the Moroccan authorities and CNDH (Conseil National des Droits d’Hommes) without receiving any response and sent also an urgent call to the International Red Cross, regarding the situation of the prisoners and the arbitrary refusal of visitation right. This prison is over 1200km from El Aaiun in Western Sahara and  currently this group is the one that is in a location more farther away from their families. Read more

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