Letter to the SG UN of the two Sahrawi that were handed by MINURSO to the Moroccan authorities

PUSL.- Below is the letter sent this morning by two young Sahrawi students who were able to enter MINURSO’s headquarters in Smara, Occupied Territories of Western Sahara despite multiple check points.

Said Abba Sheikh and Mohammed Ahmed Taleb Ahmad were aware that MINURSO would most likely hand them out to the occupation authorities, as they have done over the years with a number of Saharawis who have sought out and asked for their physical safety inside the MINURSO mission.

In fact, shortly after entering the MINURSO area, the officials of the “peace” mission delivered the two young men to the Moroccan army that transported them to the Gendarmarie Royal headquarters.

In the letter that they had sent before this protest action to the SG, António Gueterres they were very clear, the claims presented are those of the Saharawi people – the right to self-determination, the end of violence against the population and respect for the most basic human rights.

The two young people are willing to risk their lives to send this simple message to the Secretary General, will anyone listen to them? Read more

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Two young Saharawis enter the headquarters of Minurso

PUSL.- Two young Saharawis succeeded this morning in passing security checkpoints and entering MINURSO headquarters in the occupied city of Smara, Western Sahara.

The two university students Said Abakhaikh and Mohamed Ahmed Taleb had sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the serious situation in Western Sahara under illegal occupation by Morocco.

The young people intend to hold a peaceful protest within MINURSO, a UN peace mission to the territory, which does not fulfill its mandate nor does it protect the Saharawi population.

Several activists are concerned that MINURSO will hand the two young people over to the Moroccan authorities as was the case of a group of young people in El Aaiun a few years ago who were tortured by the Moroccan authorities in front of the headquarters of this mission. Read more

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El Bashir Khadda, Sahrawi political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik, starts hunger strike

El Aaiun, 18th September 2018 – The family of El Bachir Khadda

We, the family of El Bachir Khadda, Sahrawi political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik, currently held in the Tilftet 2 prison in Morocco, more than 1200 kilometers from his native city, El-Aiun, in Western Sahara, inform that it began today, Tuesday, September 18, 2018, an unlimited hunger strike.

El Bachir Khadda was arrested in 2010 following the dismantling of Gdeim Izik camp, and despite the lack of evidence, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Rabat Court of Appeals in 2017 at a proceedings marked by multiple and serious violations of the right to a fair trial.

Due to the inhuman and degrading conditions of detention he faces as well as the deterioration of his health, and after many complaints to the Moroccan authorities and the CNDH (National Council of Human Rights of Morocco) by himself , his family and his lawyer remained unanswered, El Bachir decided to enter a hunger strike to:

1 – To demand access to medical care immediately

2. – To demand his transfer to Western Sahara in order to get closer to his family

3. – That the cour de cassation gives his answer in a delay which is reasonable since the Gdeim Izik group is now in jail since 2010 Read more

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