Communique of the family of Mr. BOURIAL, prisoner of the group known as GDEIM IZIK

PUSL.- Mr Mohamed BOURIAL has been imprisoned in Morocco since 2010 following the dismantling of the so-called Gdeim Izik camp. He was sentenced to 30 years in the absence of any evidence other than confessions extracted under torture.

Despite his requests to investigate the torture he has suffered, the Kingdom of Morocco has never conducted an impartial investigation, nor stop cruel and inhuman treatment against him. These treatments have continued after his transfer to the prison of Tiflet2 – in March 2018 – in which he is now placed in isolation, deprived of visit, in a precarious state of health and without any medical attention at all. It is in this context that he mandated through his family his Lawyer to file a communication to the UN Committee against Torture in November 2018.

In order to see the situation evolve, Mohamed has decided to start a hunger strike with the main demand for protection by the highest international authorities against any form of torture or inhuman treatment. Read more

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Autonomy is not an option: says South African Minister at SADC Solidarity Conference

PUSL.- Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, says the SADC summit is being held to show solidarity with the people of Western Sahara. In an interview this morning Landers reaffirms that the only solution to the conflict is the self-determination of the Saharawi people. The autonomy plan that Morocco demands is not an option, says the Minister.

Landers says the intention of the solidarity conference is to support the people of Western Sahara to achieve a sovereign and independent state. On the ongoing negotiations promoted by Horst Koehler personal envoy of UN- SG, the South African representative said that Koehler’s views have to be valued but that there are other opinions that have to be taken into account.

On Morocco’s accession to the AU, Landers says that the colonial question in Africa is clear in the constituent act and that the Western Sahara conflict has to be settled with the United Nations and the African Union. The United Nations has failed not only the Saharawi people, but Yemen, Syria and many others: “It may be time for the United Nations to take stock”, says the minister. Read more

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