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

El Bachir Khadda has been in prolonged isolation for more than 10 months and, because of long distances, family visits are very difficult. Telephone calls are allowed only once a week, 5 minutes, for the entire family. He was subjected to continued ill-treatment, threats and harassment by the prison management and the guards.

We call on the international community to support El Bachir Khadda in his just demands.

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