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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Communique of the family of Mr. BOURIAL, prisoner of the group known as GDEIM IZIK

PUSL.- Mr Mohamed BOURIAL has been imprisoned in Morocco since 2010 following the dismantling of the so-called Gdeim Izik camp. He was sentenced to 30 years in the absence of any evidence other than confessions extracted under torture.

Despite his requests to investigate the torture he has suffered, the Kingdom of Morocco has never conducted an impartial investigation, nor stop cruel and inhuman treatment against him. These treatments have continued after his transfer to the prison of Tiflet2 – in March 2018 – in which he is now placed in isolation, deprived of visit, in a precarious state of health and without any medical attention at all. It is in this context that he mandated through his family his Lawyer to file a communication to the UN Committee against Torture in November 2018.

In order to see the situation evolve, Mohamed has decided to start a hunger strike with the main demand for protection by the highest international authorities against any form of torture or inhuman treatment. Read more

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Saharawi political prisoner Mohamed Bourial starts hunger strike

PUSL.- The family of Mohamed Bourial informed that this political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group, started a hunger strike today.

Mohamed Bourial detained in Tiflet2 demands to be transferred to a prison near his family in El Aaiun, respect for his fundamental rights, end of all ill-treatment and isolation and medical attention.

In Tiflet2, the saharawi prisoners are subjected to prolonged confinement, harassment, mistreatment and their basic rights are not respected. Families struggle to visit them since Tiflet is more than 1300 km from El Aaiun.

Tiflet2 is known as one of the worst prisons in Morocco, where many prisoners only leave from there in a coffin, often referred to as the Guantánamo of Morocco. Read more

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Gdeim Izik – Abbahah, Saharawi political prisoner received life threaths

Sidi Abdallahi AbahahPUSL .- According to the information of the family of Sidi Abdallah Abbahah, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group, he was object of harrasment, I’ll treatment, racism and receveid life threaths from the guards in Tiflet2 prison.

Abbahah’s lawyer, Maître Ouled deposed on his behalf a complaint to the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) last year.

The CAT issued immediate urgent interim measures in May demanding from the Moroccan authorities:

· Release of the prisoner with surveillance;
· Immediate access to a doctor of his choice;
· Immediate stop of isolation.

Ten month passed and Morocco did not comply with the interim measures so far. Read more

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Laaroussi, Saharawi political prisoner transferred to Bouzakarn

PUSL.- According to his family the Sahrawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group, Abdel Jalil Laaroussi was transferred last Saturday, February 10, from the prison of El Arjat to the Prison of Bouzakarn.
Laaroussi who has been sentenced to life in prison has been in prolonged isolation since September 2017.
The political prisoners’ health conditions have deteriorated since his arrest in 2010.
The lawyer for 18 of the 19 detainees of the Gdeim Izik group, Maitre Olfa Ouled filed a complaint with the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) of several prisoners, including Abdel Jalil Laaroussi. The final decision of the CAT has not yet been published.

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Federica Morgherini responds to IU on the situation of Saharawi political prisoners

PUSL.- Federica Morgherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, replied in writing to the questions put by the Spanish MEP, Paloma Lopez, of Izquierda Unida on the situation of Sahrawi political prisoners in the Gdeim Izik Group.

Lopez had presented in the last months of 2018 two questions about the risk situation of the Saharawi political detainees held in Tiflet2, Morocco.

The four members of the Gdeim Izik group have been in prolonged confinement for over a year and have been victims of ill-treatment and intentional medical malpractice, have carried out several hunger strikes and their case has been widely denounced not only to the European Union but also to the United Nations mechanisms. Read more

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Family prevented from visiting Saharawi political prisoner Sidahmed Lemjeyid

PUSL.- According to information received from the family, the prison administration prevented several times the visit to Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Saharawi political prisoner, currently currently detained in the local prison of Ait Melloul 2.

The local prison administration of Ait Melloul, on the outskirts of the city of Agadir, south of Morocco, denied last Monday 7th January 2019, the right to family visit of the Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group.

The prison administration denied the right of visitation three times in the las months on December 24th, January 2nd and January 7th, in violation of the Moroccan law regarding prisoners rights.

The prison administration did not give any justification for their arbitrary denial of the visit from the family.

Mr. Lemjeyid family protested for several hours in front of the prison but did not receive any explanation. Read more

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Gdeim Izik prisoners the plight does not end

PUSL.- 518 days have passed since the last sentencing of the Saharawi political prisoners known as Gdeim Izik Prisoners.

2963 days after the dismantling of the non-violent Gdeim Izik protest camp and the following detentions and abductions of Saharawi civilians.

The 19 detainees of the Gdeim Izik group are still subjected to ill-treatment, harassment and even torture after two trials (military trial in 2010 and Appeal court in 2016/2017).

Medical attention is denied to these prisoners, who suffer not only from the consequences of the brutal tortures they were submitted to but also from chronical diseases that were pre-existing or acquired after detention due to the conditions of detainment, like asthma, rheumatism, diabetes,   amongst other.  Read more

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