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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