PUSL.- According to a communiqué of IAJUWS last Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 8:15 p.m., Moroccan forces have banned the entrance to the city of El Aaiún, capital of Western Sahara, to Spanish lawyer Ana Sebastián Gascón, who on behalf of the General Council of the Spanish Advocacy was going to attend the trial against the Saharawi activist Jatri Farachi Dadda, arrested on December 25, 2019 in the city of Smara for his participation in a peaceful demonstration for the self-determination of Western Sahara.
Dadda was transferred three days after his arrest, to the Black Prison in El Aaiún where he is awaiting trial, to be held today, Wednesday, February 26, in the Moroccan Criminal Court in El Aaiún
The Spanish lawyer was approached upon arrival at El Aaiún airport, at the foot of the plane’s stairs, by more than 6 Moroccan agents in civilian clothes, who without any explanation led her to the passenger terminal separating her from the rest of the passengers. The agents asked for her documentation consisting of passport and official accreditation from the General Council of Spanish Law to act as an observer in the trial and carry out the work of Legal Observation in the Western Sahara Territory.
PUSL.- PAN MP André Nunes presented this Friday a vote of condemnation for the expulsion of Portuguese activist Isabel Lourenço from Western Sahara that was approved by the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic.
Thus, the Assembly of the Republic, meeting in plenary, expressed its condemnation for the Portuguese activist expulsion Isabel Lourenço from the occupied territories of Western Sahara and called on the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco to respect the fundamental rights of human rights activists, Saharawi political prisoners. and the Saharawi people in general.
The vote was approved by votes in favor of the Left Bloc, Portuguese Communist Party, People Animals and Nature Party, The Greens Ecologist Party, Liberal Initiative and Free Party. Against voted CDS-PP (Christian Democrats) and CHEGA Party. The Socialist Party and the Social Democratic Party abstained.
PUSL.- Francisco Guerreiro, MEP of the PAN (People, Animals and Nature) spoke yesterday at the European plenary session condemning the repression in the occupied territories of Western Sahara and the recent expulsion of Isabel Lourenço, Portuguese citizen and human rights activist.
The MEP emphasizes that the continued crackdown on activists and the Saharawi people by the Kingdom of Morocco must end and that the European Commission must take a firm stand in the defense of human rights in Western Sahara.
PUSL.- Sandra Pereira, MEP of the Portuguese Communist Party, today addressed a written question to the European Commission about the expulsion of Isabel Lourenço, a Portuguese citizen and human rights activist from El Aaiun, Western Sahara by Moroccan occupation authorities who subsequently sent her coercively to Moroccan territory.
The MEP asks:
– Has the Commission been aware of this illegal situation? Did you take any steps to find out about the conditions of the Portuguese citizen?
– In view of the repeated violations of human rights by the Kingdom of Morocco, does the Commission consider suspending the agreements it has signed with Morocco, considering the human rights clauses in them?
FENRPOF .- During yesterday’s meeting the FENPROF’s National Council expressed its solidarity with the activist Isabel Lourenço and the cause of the Saharawi People
“Solidarity with the activist Isabel Lourenço and the Saharawi People’s cause (full text).
The Moroccan authorities expelled from Western Sahara, on December 10, International Human Rights Day, the Portuguese citizen Isabel Lourenço.
Isabel Lourenço is aactivist and human rights defender in the territory of Western Sahara. She has been following and reporting for several years on the situation, the latest of which was published by the Center for African Studies at the University of Porto, of which she is a researcher. She was also an international observer accredited by Fundación Sahara Occidental in various trials of Saharawi citizens, and participated in the work of the 4th UN Commission and various initiatives of the European Parliament.
Impala/PUSL.- The Portuguese activist Isabel Lourenço was this Tuesday, December 10, expelled from the occupied territories of Western Sahara by the Moroccan authorities. The Portuguese had a valid passport, return flight and hotel reserved. Moroccans who identified themselves as “authorities” and “officials” wanted to prevent Isabel Lourenço from disembarking from the plane at El Aiune Airport in Morocco-occupied Western Sahara, where she wanted to meet relatives of Saharawi political prisoners convicted by Moroccan courts. Isabel Lourenço arrives in Lisbon tomorrow at 2:40 pm.
The activist is in a hotel in Agadir and does not go out “for safety reasons”
“We bought the return ticket and tomorrow will leave Agadir to Casablanca and later to Lisbon,” explains Isabel Lourenço’s husband, speaking to Impala News Portal. At the moment, the Portuguese activist is in a hotel in Agadir and does not go out “for security reasons”. «Tomorrow you will go to the airport by taxi.»
«I landed at El Aiune and all passengers could leave except me»
PUSL.- Isabel Lourenço, Portuguese citizen and human rights activist was expelled this tuesday, at 16:30 h
As Portuguese citizen no visa is required and Mrs. Lourenço has respected all requirements of Moroccan entry law 02/03, i.e. valid passport, information of the hotel she would would stay in, return ticket to Las Palmas, Gran Canarias.
Mrs. Lourenço has never given a false pretext for her visit, stating clearly that she intended to follow up on the situation of the families of the prisoners of Gdeim Izik, the assessment of the current situation of the families of 19 year old detainee Mansour El Moussaui and of Mahfouda Lefkir, 34 year old mother and cousin of Mansour who was sentenced to 6 months in prison and a 2000 Dirham fine for crying out at the end of the sentencing of Mansour inside the court room against the Moroccan occupation and injustice of the trial.
Mrs. Lourenço does not intend to act in any way that could be considered as ‘a threat to public order’. The redaction of reports based on field work and interviews is not ‘a threat to public order’, it is the rightful exercise of freedom of thought, speech and opinion an Anchor of Human Rights.
PUSL.- Moroccan authorities have prevented three lawyers to exit the airplane in El Aaiun, Western Sahara, under Moroccan occupation since 1975.
The three lawyers of the General Council of Spanish Law intended to participate as observers in the trial against Saharawi journalist Nazha El Khalidi that took place yesterday. Nazha El Khalidi awaits in freedom the sentence that will be published next 8th of July.
Inés Miranda Navarro, Miguel Ángel Jerez Juan and José María Costa Serra – arrived on 23rd of June, Sunday morning by plane in El Aaiún from Gran Canaria, but they have not even been allowed to get off the plane.
The Moroccan authorities try to circumvent the “expulsion” of foreigners by simply not letting them get out of the airplane in El Aaiun, a technique that was used several times in the recent past.
-The Moroccan regime does not want international presence in the trial against the Saharawi journalist Nazha El -Kalhidi
-The Spanish lawyers are accredited by the General Council of Spanish Law
-“It is forbidden to enter El Aaiún”, explanation of the Moroccan police
Alfonso Lafarga (Contramutis).-Morocco has prevented five Spanish lawyers and two Norwegian observers from entering El Aaiún, the capital of Western Sahara, where they had traveled to attend the trial of Saharawi journalist Nazha El Kalhidi, accused of practicing without official certification.
“It is forbidden to enter El Aaiún”, is the only explanation received by lawyers Sidi Tallebuya, from Madrid; Ramón Campos García and María Lourdes Barón Jaques, from Zaragoza and Lala Travieso Darias and Rut Sebastián, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, all of them accredited by the General Council of the Spanish Law, as well as the Norwegian observers of the RAFTO Foundation for Human Rights, Vegard Fosso Smievoll and Kjersti Brevik Moeller. Read more
Nushatta Foundation Staff Fri, 18th Jan, 2019 Agadir- (Morocoo) Around 5 a.m., plains-clothes Moroccan police officers raided the house of a Saharawi student, and apprehended a Polish lawyer for having meetings with Saharawi students pro-POLISARIO. The Nushatta Foundation discovered that this incident took place the day before yesterday in Agadir city, Morocco, on 16 Jan 2019.
Moroccan secret service in cars had kept the Polish lawyer Mrs. Justyna Paulina Wróbel under close surveillance for 512,66 km since she was deported to Agadir last Sunday from the checkpoint at the entrance of El-Aaiùn in Western Sahara, where she had to endure an unlawful interrogation and investigation by the Moroccan authorities regarding of the reasons for her visit.
“You know the reason,” was the only response by one of the Moroccan officers to the questions of Mrs. Paulina Wróbel in protest against the misuse of authority, the unlawful arrest and the mistreatment that she experienced, which was fully out of the procedure of law due to the absence of a search warrant. Read more
We, Ingrid METTON and Olfa OULED, lawyers at the Paris bar association, express our deepest indignation at the new infringement of our profession and the obstruction of the exercise of the rights of the defense.
As advocates for the protection of Saharawi prisoners, we traveled to Morocco to visit our clients on their cassation appeal after their conviction by the Rabat Court of Appeal on July 19, 2017.
Yesterday, Monday, February 12, 2018, we were approached on the descent of our plane in Casablanca at 20h40. Our passports were confiscated. We were detained without cause, justification and without notice until 2pm the following day before we were expelled from the territory.
For more than 18 hours, we were placed under police escort in the international zone of Casablanca airport and left without information. Read more