Saharawi activist arrested and assaulted during trial of her minor cousin

PUSL.- Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir was arrested on Friday morning the 15th of November in the court of El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, where she was attending the trial of her 15-year-old cousin Mansour Elmoussaoui, who was sentenced to 1 month in prison. Mansour was arrested on 28 October and accused of participating in the celebrations of the Algerian team victory in the Africa Cup.

The young mother, member of the association “Coordination of Gdeim Izik” and the Moroccan Human Rights Association was detained inside the trial room on the pretext of “assaulting an official” when she asked something about her cousin’s case.

By refusing to climb into a common prisoner transport van, with only male prisoners, she was brutally beaten in front of all those at trial.

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