Human rights Morocco – Western Sahara: MEPs Express major concern

PUSL.- Tuesday in the European parliament in Brussels during a session of droi (subcommittee for human rights of the European parliament) dedicated to the human rights situation in Morocco and Western Sahara several MEPs expressed their serious concerns about the many violations observed on the ground and denounced at international level.

During an Exchange of views with the President of the Moroccan National Council for human rights (cndh), Driss El yazami, the Galician MEP of BNG, Ana Miranda said that she is “very worried” with the “serious violations” of the rights of Saharawi political prisoners, including the group gdeim izik and forced disappearance of saharauis, of which were recently reported new cases.

Recalling “serious attacks” on fundamental rights of Saharawi prisoners that are “victims of detention in isolation, mistreatment and torture” Miranda asked if Morocco would decide one day to respect the convention against torture and other cruel , inhuman or degrading treatments that the kingdom ratified but so far not implemented in practice.

She denounced as such, the ” unfair trial” of the gdeim izik group and the heavy convictions, lamenting the disregard of their fundamental rights. Read more

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Morocco hides Abdallahi Abbahah Saharawi political prisoner Saharawi

Sidi Abdallahi AbahahSince 7 may, the Saharawi political prisoner Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah has been in an unknown location after being taken by the Moroccan authorities barefoot and without any belongings from the Kenitra prison.

It was thought that he had been transferred to the prison of Tiflet2 as was Mohamed Bourial, another Saharawi political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik.

The family and the French lawyer Olfa Ouled have so far been unable to obtain any information from the Moroccan authorities.

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah was sentenced to life imprisonment in a trial without a minimum of guarantees or respect for legal procedures.

Abdallahi Abbahah denounced the torture he was subjected to for weeks after his arbitrary arrest in November 2010 in El Aaiun following the brutal dismantling of peaceful protest camp Gdeim Izik. Read more

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Portuguese Parliament approves vote on Western Sahara

Portuguese Parliament approved on 11th May a vote of solidarity with the Saharawi people for the respect and concretization of their right to self-determination presented by the Parliamentary Group of the Portuguese Communist Party .

The approved vote affirms that a fair and long lasting solution to the conflict has necessarily to be obtained by putting an end to the illegal occupation of the territories of Western Sahara by the Kingdom of Morocco and its policy of disrespect for the human rights. Read more

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EFF members picketed outside the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco against what the party calls the illegal occupation of Western Sahara EFF vows to remove Morocco from AU. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the Embassy of Morocco does not belong in South Africa.

EFF members picketed outside the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Pretoria on Thursday, against what the party calls the illegal occupation of Western Sahara.

The party’s secretary-general Godrich Gardee addressed supporters.

“They are oppressing our people. They are the new Europe that is colonizing African people. Their embassy does not belong in the soul of the people of South Africa. The EFF government is going to close this embassy come 2019 elections when we take over from the ANC.”

The Polisario Front in Western Sahara has been fighting for independence from Morocco since 1975.

Party leader Julius Malema was this week sworn in as a member of the Pan-Africanist Parliament, which is the legislative body of the African Union (AU).

Gardee told supporters that Morocco does not belong in the AU. Read more

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SOGAPS – Galicia asks Macron to intervene so that Claude Mangin can visit her husband Naama Asfari

In a letter addressed to the President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron, Solidarity Galega Co Pobo Saharaui (SOGAPS-Galicia), calls on presideny Macron to intervene in order for the Moroccan authorities to allow Mrs. Mangin to enter Morocco and visit her husband , the Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group, Naama Asfari.

Claude decided to go on hunger strike on April 18 so that her right to visit her husband Naama, currently detained in Kenitra prison in Morocco is granted. Read more

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Morocco postpones trial of Saharawi journalist

The court of first instance in El Ayoun postponed to May 14 the trial of Laaroussi Ndour, arbitrarily detained on 2nd of May.

The photographer and editor of the Bentilli Center, one of several Sahrawi media groups in the occupied territories, who daily report and film the human rights violations in Western Sahara committed by Morocco was arrested and treated violently on Smara Avenue according to several witnesses.

This morning when he was present in court he did not have the hearing aid that he needs that had been removed by the Moroccan occupation authorities.

The trial had to be postponed since Ndour was hearing impaired.

Friends, activists and relatives went to court to show their support for the journalist and in protest of his arbitrary detention. Read more

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Organizations from Germany, Switzerland and European jurists write to Macron in support of claude mangin

The organizations

Freiheit für die Westsahara e.V. ,

terre des hommes Germany,

terre des hommes Switzerland,

Medico international,

Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker

ELDH / EJDM Europäische Juristen für Demokratie und Menschenrechte

have appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for support and action in order that the Moroccan government allows Claude Mangin to to visit her husband Naama Asfari in arbitrary detention since 2010 in Morocco. Read more

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Saharawi political prisoners transferred again

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah and Mohamed Bourial, Sahrawi political prisoners from the Gdeim Izik group were transferred this morning from Kenitra prison to Tiflet 2.

According to information from the family, Abdallahi Abbahah and Mohamed Bourial were very ill treated.

Once again the transfer of these political prisoners occurs without any information to their family or their lawyers.

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, is serving a life sentence and has been a systematic target of repression and torture since his arbitrary detention in 2010. Mohamed Bourial is serving a 30-year sentence.

Both have spent 33 days on hunger strike with their comrades Mohamed El Bachir Boutanguiza and Abdallahi Lakfawni this year.

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Letter of support and endorsement: Hunger Strike by Ms Claude Mangin Asfari

Zwe Mandela and Claude Mangin

We bring you greetings of this Nelson Mandela Centennial Celebration Year and affirm our continued support of his courageous legacy of solidarity with the struggling masses of the world, wherever they may be and whatever injustice they may be facing; we stand as one united in the struggle for justice, freedom, human dignity and peace.

We have stood by the just struggle of the Sahrawi people for decades and will continue to do so and therefore call on the French Government and the Moroccan authorities to ensure that the basic human rights of Ms Claude Mangin Asfari and her husband Naama Asfari is upheld and respected.

The continued suppression of the rights of the Sahrawi people in violation of International law, and the denial of their right to self-determination is a moral crime that is as despicable as it is untenable. We note with concern the violation of the basic human rights of Ms Claude Mangin Asfari and denial of her rights to a private and family life under International Humanitarian Law. Read more

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Morocco detains Saharawi journalist – World Press Freedom Day

The Moroccan occupation authorities detained Laaroussi Ndour, photographer and publisher of the Bentilli Center, one of several Sahrawi media groups who daily report and film human rights violations in the occupied territories of Western Sahara committed by Morocco.

The arrest of journalist Ndour is part of the systematic policy of silencing the Saharawi media, whose journalists are persecuted and victims of ill-treatment, torture and detention.

Laaroussi Ndour, 26, was arrested on the evening of March 2, 2018 on Smara Avenue in El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara. According to witnesses the journalist was arrested by a group of Moroccan police and transferred in a police car to the central police station. This young Saharawi journalist has been persecuted several times by the occupation authorities because of his political convictions.

Bentili, holds the Moroccan state responsible for the physical integrity of Laroussi Ndour, and strongly condemns this retaliation against the Saharawi journalist. Read more

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