9 YEARS AFTER GDEIM IZIK DISMANTLING: TORTURE AND FORCED IMPOVERISHMENT

PUSL.- 9 years after the dismantling of Gdeim Izik’s camp, a nonviolent protest that gathered tens of thousands of Saharawis for a month outside El Aaiún, occupied territories of Western Sahara, Morocco continues to torture political prisoners and exploit and steal resources with the complicity of the international community.

The United Nations, which silently witnessed the dismantling, kidnapping and torture of the Saharawi population on November 8, 2010, continues to take no action to protect the population.

In Moroccan prisons, more than 50 political prisoners are seized, victims of torture, ill-treatment and isolation.

Gdeim Izik’s group, now made up of 19 political prisoners scattered across 5 Moroccan prisons, suffers daily reprisals despite repeated calls from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other NGOs and the UN itself to respect the most elementary rights of these prisoners.

The UN Secretary-General warned in his recent report of the complaints made by the lawyer of these prisoners, Maître Ouled, to the committee against torture. Prisoners continue to be victims of maltreatment, torture, isolation and medical malpractice.

The families of the prisoners of Gdeim Izik continue to suffer reprisals, including the sons and daughters of these Saharawi heroes.

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