Morocco – intentional medical neglect of saharawi political prisoner

Mr. El Wafi Wakari, saharwi student and political prisoner of the group Companions of El Wali, has been denied medical attention since his arrest in January 2018 although he was diagnosed after his detention and the Moroccan doctors told him that he needed urgent surgery.

After countless complaints of the familiy to the moroccan authorities and the CNDH (National Council for Human Rights), and the UN mechanisms for human rights and also several interventions made in the european parliament by MEP’s about this case the medical situation did not improve and the Moroccan authorities continue to ill treat Mr. Wakari by refusing to treat him.

The french lawyer that now represents this political prisoner, Maitre Marie ROCH has sent a detailed complaint to the moroccan authorities emphasizing the violation of the morrocan law itself.

The CNDH is the organization that is appointed by the Moroccan government to monitor the human rights violations and also to investigate torture and ill treatment cases in Morocco in accordance with the OPCAT (optional protocol of the comittee against torture) that was signed by morocco. The CNDH however does not fullfill it’s role.

Once again Morocco does not only violate its own constitution and law but also disrespects the agreements and convenants signed with the UN.
All political prisioners of the students group companions of El Wali have been systematically ill treated, have undergone an unfair trial with no evidence presented, have suffered torture and several of them made hunger strikes some lasted for over 40 days. The basic rights of the prisoners are not respected.

More details on the situation of these Saharawi political prisoners can be found in the various articles published by PUSL since their arrest in 2016. (report and articles)

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