El Bashir Khadda, Sahrawi political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik, starts hunger strike

El Aaiun, 18th September 2018 – The family of El Bachir Khadda

We, the family of El Bachir Khadda, Sahrawi political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik, currently held in the Tilftet 2 prison in Morocco, more than 1200 kilometers from his native city, El-Aiun, in Western Sahara, inform that it began today, Tuesday, September 18, 2018, an unlimited hunger strike.

El Bachir Khadda was arrested in 2010 following the dismantling of Gdeim Izik camp, and despite the lack of evidence, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Rabat Court of Appeals in 2017 at a proceedings marked by multiple and serious violations of the right to a fair trial.

Due to the inhuman and degrading conditions of detention he faces as well as the deterioration of his health, and after many complaints to the Moroccan authorities and the CNDH (National Council of Human Rights of Morocco) by himself , his family and his lawyer remained unanswered, El Bachir decided to enter a hunger strike to:

1 – To demand access to medical care immediately

2. – To demand his transfer to Western Sahara in order to get closer to his family

3. – That the cour de cassation gives his answer in a delay which is reasonable since the Gdeim Izik group is now in jail since 2010

Leer más …El Bashir Khadda, Sahrawi political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik, starts hunger strike

Political prisoners Gdeim Izik: the excuse of sovereignty to justify torture

PUSL.- One year after the confirmation of their sentences Saharawi political prisoners are still tortured in Moroccan jails, pending a new decision of the Moroccan Supreme Court.

Waiting for this decision gives hope to prisoners, families and their support. Indeed, in 2016, the Moroccan political agenda led to the annulment of the judgment of the Military Tribunal considered unfair, unjust and illegal by several NGOs and institutions. In reality, this annulment enabled the Kingdom of Morocco to argue that the prisoners had not exhausted domestic remedies and thus to prevent the application of UN decisions, such as that of the Committee against Torture and the opinion of the Working Group against Arbitrary Detention. Similarly, the separation of powers allows the Kingdom not to release these innocent prisoners in the absence of a judicial decision to that effect.

Only a well-informed reader knows that the Court of Cassation can only be seized of questions of law; it can not go back on the facts. Moreover, in 2016, it referred the case to the Rabat Court of Appeal without concluding that the prisoners were immediately released, while noting that there was no evidence of their guilt other than confessions written by the police and the Royal Gendarmerie. This means that eight years after the first acts of torture to which the prisoners were subjected, no investigation was opened even though that would have led to the conclusion that the minutes were invalid. And so, lead to the release of prisoners.

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El Bachir Khadda, saharawi political prisoner victim of harrasment

PUSL.- According to a communiqué of the family, the local prison administration of Tiflet 2 provoked and harassed El Bachir Khadda, Sahrawi political prisoner of thr Gdeim Izik group.

Khadda is denied medical attention since December 2017 and has presented several complaints regarding his detention situation. He is in prolonged solitary confinement for over 9 months, has no medical attention, and has been victim of ill treatment and insults.

His family denounced the latest attempt on the 27th of July of the prison administration to force Mr. Khadda to wear a dirty uniform of the comun prisoners as the condition to be brought to the hospital and receive treatment.

The political prisoner refused defending his right to have clean clothes and wear is own clothes since he is not a comun prisoner.

Mr. Khadda told the family that the prison administration deliberately humiliated him and treated him in a indignified and immoral and that he categorically rejects wearing a dirty uniform to go to the hospital.

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One year after, the Saharawi Gdeim Izik political prisoners are still subject to inhuman treatments

By Fito Alvarez Tombo – PUSL

19 of the original 24 Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group remain in prison, with sentences that range from 20 years to life imprisonment and continue to be victims of torture, ill treatment and intentional medical neglect by the Moroccan authorities.

The French defense lawyer of the Gdeim Izik Group, Maître Ouled, is extremely preoccupied with the continues disrespect of the Moroccan authorities with the most basic human rights, as well as the infringements and violations of the national and international law regarding her defendants.

“They have been subjected to sever ill treatment and in some cases torture, as well as extreme medical neglect after their last sentencing on 19th of July 2017 by the court of appeal of Salé, Rabat. Besides the fact that there is still a decision pending from the Cour de cassation and that this trial did not present any evidence of guilt, it is clear that my clients are in some cases in life endangerment due to their health status. We are addressing, with their families, the competent authorities regarding the infringements and violation and will continue to do so. We are just asking for the inherent rights of my clients to be considered as innocent since there is no proof of guilt other than declarations signed under torture, tortures that were never investigated. It is here a question of the right to live which excludes confinement and almost total isolation from the outside world.  An urgent solution has to be found since clearly this situation is not sustainable for much longer.”

Leer más …One year after, the Saharawi Gdeim Izik political prisoners are still subject to inhuman treatments

Mohamed Bani, Saharawi political prisoner without adequate medical care

PUSL.- Mr. Bani, Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group, who went on hunger strike for 14 days in March, which aggravated his already precarious health, since he was placed in solitary confinement as punishment, has not yet received appropriate medical attention.

The hunger strike ended after a meeting with the Regional Delegate of the General Delegation for Administration of Penitentiaries and Social Reintegration, when he was promised a transfer to Bouzakarn Prison, with authorization for family visits 4 days a week and two weekly phone calls.

These promises have not been fulfilled and Mr Bani remains in the same situation.

Ms. Bani and her five children traveled to Ait Melloul prison to visit him.
His French lawyer, Maitre Ouled, told us that she had sent a fax to the director of the Ait Melloul prison on the basis of article 75 of the Dahir n ° 1-99-200 of 13 joumada I 1420 (Moroccan law), which authorizes and regulates family visits . She requested that the presence of Mr. Bani’s children, including some minors, would be taken into account.

Leer más …Mohamed Bani, Saharawi political prisoner without adequate medical care

New complaint before the against Morocco

acatfrance.fr.- Because he persists in denouncing the violations of which Sahrawi detainees are subjected to, Naâma Asfari is constantly object of reprisals by the Moroccan government. In response, the Action of the Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) once again urge the United Nations to appeal to Morocco.

Naâma Asfari, a Saharawi human rights defender, has been detained since November 2010 and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on the basis of confessions signed under torture for his participation in the Gdeim Izik protest camp.

His wife, Claude Mangin-Asfari, is still deprived of visiting her husband. In April 2018, in protest, Claude decided to go on hunger strike for a month. 2 months later and despite repeated attempts by the French government to get Morocco to let her enter the kingdom to visit Naâma Asfari, Claude is still denied the right to visit her husband.

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Bourial saharawi political prisoner of Gdeim Izik group transferred

PUSL.- Saharawi political prisoner Mohamed Bourial from the Gdeim Izik group was transferred to Bozakarn prison for a period of 60 days.

Mohamed Bourial is serving a sentence of 30 years and is being detained in Tiflet prison, almost 1300km away from El Aaiún.

On May 7th, Bourial was transferred from Kenitra prison to Tiflet2 where he has been in prolonged confinement in a block with criminal offenders among them prisoners with psychiatric problems .

Mohamed Bourial has two minor children and asked to be transferred to Bouzakarn so that his the boys can visit him.

At the time of publication, the family had not yet spoken with Bourial, but this temporary transference seems to be confirmed.

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One year after their sentence, the Saharawi Political Prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group remain subjected to torture and ill-treatment

PUSL.- 19 of the original 24 Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group remain in prison, with sentences that range from 20 years to life imprisonment.

They have been subjected to sever ill treatment and in some cases torture, as well as extreme medical neglect after their last sentencing on 19th of July 2017 by the court of appeal of Salé, Rabat.

The prisoners are currently dispersed in the following prisons: Tiflet2 (Sidi Abdallah Abbahah, Mohamed Bourial, Mohamed Lamin Haddi, El Bachir Khadda); Kenitra (Naama Asfari,  El Bachir Boutanguiza, Hassan Dah, Abdallah Lakhfawni; Ahmed Sbaai, Houcein Zawi) El Arjat (Abdel Jalil Laaroussi); Ait Melloul (Brahim Ismaili, Mohamed Bani, Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Mohamed Lefkir); Bouzakarn (Cheikh Banga, Mohamed Tahlil, Abdallah Toubali, Khouna Babeit).

The prisoners of Tiflet2 are since their arrival to this prison in prolonged solitary confinement without meaningful human contact, which is considered one of the harshest forms of torture leading to both physical as psychological damage. The families of these prisoners presented several complaints to the Moroccan authorities and CNDH (Conseil National des Droits d’Hommes) without receiving any response and sent also an urgent call to the International Red Cross, regarding the situation of the prisoners and the arbitrary refusal of visitation right. This prison is over 1200km from El Aaiun in Western Sahara and  currently this group is the one that is in a location more farther away from their families.

Leer más …One year after their sentence, the Saharawi Political Prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group remain subjected to torture and ill-treatment

Prolonged solitary confinement of the Saharawi Political Prisoners

PUSL.- The four Gdeim Izik prisoners currently held in Tiflet2 prison are being held in prolonged solitary confinement, some of them have been denied the access to books although they are currently in university exams and have no meaningful human contact.

The four Saharawi political prisoners are in different modules (housing units) in the prison and never see each other nor do they contact each other.

El Bachir Khadda is in this situation for over 9 months (285 days) since his transfer on the 16th of September 2017, having neither books, nor radio or tv. He spends 22 hours in confinement in his cell, but even the two hours he is allowed to exit he chooses to stay in the cell due to the constant harassment of the common criminals in detention, a behavior that is incentivized by the guards. When the other prisoners try to engage however in a normal conversation the guards punish them.

Leer más …Prolonged solitary confinement of the Saharawi Political Prisoners

Claude Mangin suspends hunger strike

PUSL.- Claude mangin, french citizen and wife of Saharawi political prisoner Naama Asfari suspended yesterday the hunger strike that started on 17 April.

This 62 years old teacher saw herself obliged to make a hunger strike to make the French authorities put in action the the diplomatic channels in order to be allowed to enter in Morocco to see her husband.

A difficult decision and an action which Mangin resorted to after 4 expulsions in the last two years, period during which she didn’t was allowed to see the spouse.

Yesterday, Claude Mangin suspended the hunger strike since the French government is in negotiations at the highest level with Morocco and MP Jean Paul Lecoq asked on Tuesday in the French national parliament French that Claude suspend the strike.

One of the objectives of the striker was undoubtedly achieved, the French government, the members of the European parliament and hundreds of organizations and personalities appealed to the Moroccan government to allow Claude to visit her husband.

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French Government in support of Claude Mangin, wife of Saharawi political prisoner

PUSL.- After almost a month of the hunger strike of Claude Mangin, wife of the Saharawi activist Naama Asfari, the government and the French president asked Morocco to reconsider the ban on entry of this French citizen into Moroccan territory.

France now asks Morocco to let the French citizen visit her husband, a human rights activist who defends the independence of Western Sahara, and according to official statements by Jean-Yves Le Drian, head of French diplomacy on 15 May, follow “Very close” the hunger strike of Claude Mangin, a 62-year-old teacher.

On Tuesday Jean-Yves Le Drian told the French National Assembly in response to questions from Mr Jean-Paul Lecoq of the PCF that “the Moroccan authorities were contacted several times about Ms. Mangin’s case to allow her to travel to Morocco to visit her husband.

“I spoke several times, not only officially, but also personally with my Moroccan colleague,” said French Foreign Minister.

Leer más …French Government in support of Claude Mangin, wife of Saharawi political prisoner

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