The health status of Saharawi students in protest in Rabat worsens

PUSL .- On October 30, the group of Saharawi students protesting since October 1 in Rabat, in front of the University building claiming their right to enroll in said university, went on a hunger strike.

Due to the precarious state of health of the students, because of the long period of protest that they have already completed, the hunger strike soon took a toll having to be hospitalized four of them on November 1st. At this time they have already left the hospital and continue their protest along with their fellow Saharawi students.

The student protest is caused by the refusal of the Moroccan authorities to allow them to enroll in the University of Rabat in law and social sciences courses. The officials allege that the University Board affirms that they have no right to register because they do not reside in Rabat or have their identity documents issued in Rabat.

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Saharawi students in protest attacked by Moroccan police

PUSL.- The group of young students that have been protesting since 1st of October in Rabat in front of the University building claiming their right of enrollment were attacked this Thursday evening by the Moroccan authorities.

As you can hear and see in the pictures, the young people were attacked by Moroccan police with batons. Four of the young people, 22-year-old Hamza Bouhriga, 23-year-old Yousef Bougharyon, 22-year-old Mohamed Sghir and 26-year-old Mohammed Bah were seriously injured. Hamza Bouhriga was transported to the hospital.

Despite the attack and intimidation the young Saharawis returned to the protest the following day, Friday.

Eight students were prevented from enrolling at Rabat University in law and social science courses. The officials told them that the University Board claims that they are not entitled to enroll because they are neither resident in Rabat nor have their IDs been issued in Rabat.

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Saharawi students prevented from studying – in protest for over two weeks

PUSL.- A group of 20 young students have been protesting for two weeks in Rabat in front of the University building claiming their right to enroll.

Eight students were prevented from enrolling at Rabat University in law and social science courses. The officials told them that the University Board claims that they are not entitled to enroll because they are neither resident in Rabat nor have their IDs been issued in Rabat.

This argument does not, however, apply to Moroccans arriving from all over the Kingdom of Morocco and even from the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

This measure is not unique to Saharawi students who find it more difficult year after year to pursue their higher education.

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Saharawi political prisoner Amaadour presented to court, trial postponed and still on hunger strike

PUSL.- Saharawi political prisoner Lahoucine Amaadour (Saharawi name Husein Bachir Brahim) was brought to court on Tuesday, April 16 after 90 days of arbitrary detention (maximum term of detention without trial). The court did not inform the defence lawyer, which for that reason, did not appear and the trial was postponed to June 11.

The “forgetting” of the court in summoning the defence lawyer thus causes Amaadour to remain detained for 147 days without in pre-trial detention which is illegal.

A manoeuvre often used when it comes to Saharawi political prisoners whose trials are postponed consecutively, thus extending the period of pre-trial detention far beyond the time allowed by law. Read more

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Saharawi political prisoner Lahoucine Amaadour in Hunger strike

PUSL.- Saharawi political prisoner Lahoucine Amaadour (Saharawi name Husein Bachir Brahim) entered a hunger strike on April 9th against the extreme ill treatment and also the arbitrary denial of family visits.

The student leader was handed out to the Moroccan authorities in Nadour , Morocco, on 17th January by the Spanish authorities who expelled Amaadour after his arrival in Canaries Island without due process after his request for political asylum.

On arrival in Nadour, the young man was subjected to a first interrogation by the Moroccan authorities, based on the search and arrest warrant.

According to the information of the family Amaadour refused to sign the documents that were presented to him since the content does not correspond to his statements. Read more

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Presented at the University of Porto Report on the situation in which Saharawi children and young people live in the occupied territories

PUSL.- On Tuesday, Isabel Lourenço, a member of the Fundación Sahara Occidental and collaborator of Pusl, presented the “Report on the abuse of the rights of Saharawi children and students in the occupied territories of Western Sahara”. The presentation was organized by the Center for African Studies of the University of Porto (Portugal).

The presentation of this report aroused great interest among university students, professors and researchers and journalists.

The report denounces in detail the terrible situation of continued violence suffered by Sahrawi children and students in the occupied territories of Western Sahara. Read more

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Conference Saharawi Children and Students under occupation

PUSL.- The Center for African Studies at the University of Porto will present the “Report on the Abuse of the Rights of Sahrawi Children and Students in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara” on March 6 at 16:30 at the Faculdade de Letras of the University.

This is the first report on the dire consequences of an unresolved armed conflict on children and young people. Due to the impediments imposed on journalists by the Kingdom of Morocco and the difficult access of the media to the occupied territories of Western Sahara, this conflict has not found the echo it would justify.

This report aims to show the situation in which the Sahrawi children and young people live in the occupied territories and the impact that this occupation has on their daily lives and in their future. Read more

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Saharawi student leader will be presented to the Judge of instruction on January 29

PUSL . -Lahoucine Amaadour (Saharawi name Husein Bachir Brahim) will be presented to the judge of instruction in Marrakesh on 29 January.

The young man was deported on 17 January from the Canary Islands after refusing an application for asylum in circumstances that until now have not been clarified by the Spanish authorities, and detained by the Moroccan authorities on his return, and is currently detained in Oudaya prison in Marrakesh.

Who is Lahoucine Amaadour / Husein Bachir Brahim?

Husein Bachir Brahim Saharaui was born on January 3, 1991 in Guelmin, grew up in the capital of Western Sahara, El Aaiun where he spent his childhood until the family went to live in Tan Tan. As all Sahrawis he has an “Moroccan” name Lahoucine Amaadour, imposed by the occupation authorities and that is the official name throughout the documentation.

In 2011/2012 he began his public law studies at the Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, and was in the third year of law when he had to interrupt his studies due to the persecution of the Moroccan authorities. Amaadour was known for his political activity and one of the leaders of the Association of Saharawi Students who defends the rights of students, but also advocates the independence of Western Sahara. Read more

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5 more Saharawi political prisoners of the Group of students “El Ouali” released this morning from Tiznit and Ait Melloul prison

PUSL.- Mustafa Burkah, Mohammed Rgueibi , Ali Shargui, Hamza Ramí and Ibrahim Almasih were released this morning with a full sentence after three years of detention.

These 5 students are part of the group known as “Companions of El Uali”. The group consists of 15 students who were detained in 2016, 11 of whom were sentenced to 3 years in prison and the remaining 4 were sentenced to 10 years.

The whole process since the detention of these young people has been accompanied by PUSL whose articles and reports can be consulted here. (report and articles) Read more

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4 Saharawi political prisoners of the Group of students “El Ouali” released this morning

PUSL.- Nasser Amenkour, Omar Laajna, El Waki Wakari and Salek Baber were released this morning with a full sentence after three years of detention.

These 4 students are part of the group known as “Companions of El Uali”. The group consists of 15 students who were detained in 2016, 11 of whom were sentenced to 3 years in prison and the remaining 4 were sentenced to 10 years.

The whole process since the detention of these young people has been accompanied by PUSL whose articles and reports can be consulted here. (report and articles) Read more

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