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.

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Abdel Jalil Laaroussi, Saharawi political prisoner operated this morning

PUSL.- Maitre Olfa Ouled, the attorney of Saharawi political prisoner Abdel Jalil Laaroussi, said her client underwent a surgery this morning in Rabat.

We recall that the UN Committee against Torture issued urgent measures demanded by the attorney of Mr. Laaroussi.

Although not seen by a doctor of his choice as mentioned in the urgent measure of the Committee he finally had a, surgery.

Laaroussi was already unable to stand for more than ten minutes due to the condition of his knee. During his trials (in 2013 and 2017) he denounced the various tortures suffered since his arrest in 2010.

The political prisoner reaffirmed his innocence throughout the process and before the courts.

Mr. Laaroussi is in prolonged solitary confinement since 17th September 2017 exiting only for the purpose of having university exams in the prison and know for the surgery.

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Gdeim Izik – the cry for freedom where is it now

PUSL.- Ontem, passaram 9 anos desde que a 8 de outubro de 2010, um pequeno grupo de cidadãos saharauis nos territórios ocupados do Sahara Ocidental ergueu as suas tendas no deserto a aproximadamente 13 km de El Aaiun, capital do Sahara Ocidental, num lugar chamado Gdeim Izik.

Essa acção que era um sinal de protesto tinha uma mensagem clara: basta!

Chega de ocupação brutal, o apartheid econômico, social e político que se traduz em empobrecimento forçado, desemprego, racismo, falta de liberdade básica e nenhum respeito pelos direitos humanos pela ocupação marroquina.

Este punhado de tendas e homens rapidamente se juntaram a milhares de homens, mulheres, crianças, idosos, todos ansiosos por protestar de maneira pacífica e, ao mesmo tempo, vivendo juntos nas suas tendas como os saharauis vivem há séculos. A tenda é uma das expressões máximas da sua identidade.

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Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Saharawi political prisoner victim of extreme medical neglect denounces his family

PUSL.- Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group currently detained in Ait Melloul prison sentenced to life imprisonment, was taken yesterday (26th of September) to the hospital in Agadir after severe pain along his body.

At the hospital a scan was made of the left side of his body, namely, back and kidneys. He was returned to the prison where he was taken to the infirmary to make blood analysis. No explanation was given to Mr. Lemjeyid and he was put again in his cell.

Today (27th of September) Mr. Lemjeyid’s health status worsen and he was transported once again to the hospital again where he was seen by a doctor who prescribed several medications. According to this doctor, Mr. Lemjeyid suffers from acute swelling on his left side and his kidneys. This situation as well as the back pain is the result of frequent health complications since his arrest in 2010 and the severe torture he was victim of, as well as intentional medical neglect from the Moroccan authorities.

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Statement of the family of Abdallah Abbahah, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group

Family of Abdallah Abbahah – PUSL.- After visiting today Abdallah Abbahah who is in prolonged solitary confinement since his transfer to Tiflet2 prison on 7th May 2018 and according to his wishes we inform that Abdallah Abbahah made a 48h warning hunger strike on September 16 and 17 for the following 5 reasons:

1. None of the Complaints that he presented to the Moroccan Authorities regarding his deplorable incarceration conditions were ever answered. His conditons were also mentioned by the special rapporteur for reprisals (Ms. Ana Racu) of the UN Comittee against Torture

2. Several times blood test were performed on him without him being informed the reason for the blood tests nor ever given any results of these tests. His doctor is not able to visit him despite Interim Measures issued by the UN Comittee against Torture demanding his right to a doctor of his choice

3. Although he has severe health issue no doctor visited him although he repeatedly asked for medical attention and the UN Comittee against Torture issued Interim Measures demanding his right to a doctor of his choice

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Committee Against Torture said it will visit Morocco following the reprisals against Mr ASFARI and alerts to deplorable conditions of The detention of Abdallah Abbahah

PUSL.- The Committee against Torture on August 6th discussed follow-up to concluding observations, individual communications, and reprisals under the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The Rapporteur on follow-up to reprisals, Ana Racu, informed that the committee met with the Permanent Mission of Morocco. The Rapporteur said that the Committee had repeatedly requested the State party to issue interim measures to alleviate the deplorable conditions of Abdallah Abbahah. The lawyer of Mr. Abbahah, Maitre Olfa Ouled presented an individual complaint in his case against Morocco that has received immediate interim measures in May 2018, requesting immediate alternative measures to detention, such as surveilled house arrest, ceasing of all ill treatment and access to a doctor of is choice. Morocco did not comply with any of the interim measures.

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Sahrawi Political Prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group remain victims of medical malpractice and isolation

PUSL / Jornal Tornado.- The 19 Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group continue to be victims of abuse, ill-treatment, torture and intentional medical malpractice at the hands of the Moroccan authorities.

The reprisals are getting worse. Mrs. Mangin, wife of Mr. Asfari has been expelled again after having only once visited her husband after 2 years of prohibition to enter Morocco and a 30 day hunger strike. This time Mrs. Mangin didn’t get the opportunity to be accompanied by the CNDH (Moroccan National Human Rights Council) to whom she obviously asked for help before going.

Morocco ignores the decisions of the United Nations so far, and the agreements and treaties signed. In the case of Naama Asfari, despite a letter of the Committee against Torture of the United Nations (CAT) asking to stop any reprisals against Naama, the CNDH demonstrated its lack of power despite the Moroccan law itself which in theory is supposed to apply the OPCAT (Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture).

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Claude Mangin, wife of Saharawi political prisoner Naama Asfari prohibited to enter Morocco to visit her husband

PUSL.- Claude Mangin, french citizen and wife of Saharawi political prisoner Naama Asfari of the Gdeim Izik group was prohibited today to enter Morocco to visit her husband who is serving a 30 year sentence in Kenitra prison near Rabat.

Mangin was forced by the Moroccan authorities to return to Paris from Casablanca Airport after arrival today.

The French citizen made a 30 days hunger strike in March-April 2018 in order to force the French authorities to intervene so that she could visit her husband after being prevented to enter Morocco since 2016.

After having obtained the commitment of the French government to mediate with the Moroccan authorities on the resumption of visits she was allowed to visit her husband in Kenitra prison last 14 and 15h of January.

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Sahrawi political prisoner Mohamed Bourial suspends hunger strike after 30 days

PUSL.- Mohamed Bourial who went on hunger strike on 20th March suspended his strike today after 30 days.

The Sahrawi political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik is in an alarming state of health and did not have any type of medical assistance during the hunger strike.

Following the visit of the Director of Tiflet2 Prison and a representative of the DGAPR (Directorate General of Penitentiary Administration and Social Reintegration) and the promise that he will be transferred to a prison closer to his family in the summer, Mohamed Bourial has suspended his hunger strike.

Mohamed Bourial, who has a 30-year sentence, is in prolonged isolation, is a victim of ill-treatment. He is detained in Tiflet2 Prison in Morocco, more than 1,300 km from his family who resides in El Aaiun, Western Sahara. Read more

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BOURIAL’s family, prisoner of the GDEIM IZIK group, in protest

PUSL.- Yesterday, March 31 at the end of the afternoon the Family of Mohamed Bourial, a Saharawi political prisoner on hunger strike organized a non-violent protest in El Aaiun.

The family wanted to express their support for Bourial and to denounce the situation of the political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group.

In the House of the Family the demonstrators began to organize themselves in the middle of the afternoon, preparing the posters and Saharawi flags. Moroccan occupation police immediately surrounded the house and prevented demonstrators from leaving as can be seen in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43YMEdmehBg Read more

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