Abdallah Abbahah, Saharawi political prisoner under investigation

PUSL.- According to information from Abdallah Abbahah’s family, the prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group was subject of an investigation process ordered by the King’s prosecutor.

Indeed, Mr. Abbahah was summoned last Tuesday, March 10, following a complaint by the Tilfet2 Prison Director, where he is being held.
He was not allowed to be heard with his lawyer since there was no official summoning.

The alleged charge against Mr. Abbahah was that the detainee did not comply with internal rules including medical appointments.

This investigation took place without the knowledge of the defense lawyer, Maître Olfa Ouled, of the detainee and without prior notice to the detainee.

The accusation is made shortly after Maître Ouled had early February informed the Rapporteur on Reprisals of the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) about the medical reprisals her client has to face. Her letter was sent to the Moroccan authorities in early March.

In her last letter to the Rapporteur, Maître Ouled recalled that none of the measures which aims to preserve the life of her client has been respected. Worse , after Maître Ouled informed the CAT earlier this year that Mr. Abbahah did not have any medical attention and that he was not given the results of the blood exams, the prison director told him that he could have a doctor if Mr.Abbahah would pay for it.

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Houcein Zawi, Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group in serious health condition

PUSL.- According to information from the family and lawyer Maître Olfa Ouled, Houcein Zawi, Saharawi political prisoner from the Gdeim Izik group, is in a deplorable state of health.

Zawi suffers from asthma and various chronic pains that resulted from the torture he has been subjected to since his arrest in 2010.

This week the family reported that Zawi has serious kidney problems and has suffered blood loss in the urine.

Despite multiple requests to the director of Kenitra Prison, where Zawi is located, no medical visit has yet been made.

Zawi sent a request for medical consultation to the Directorate-General for Penitentiaries and Social Reinsertion (DGPR) in Morocco.

French defense lawyer Maître Ouled addressed an urgent request for assistance to the king’s attorney general, DGPR and a communication to the National Human Rights Council of Morocco.

This is yet another case of intentional medical malpractice that Saharawi political prisoners and in particular the group of Gdeim Izik have been victims of.

Despite the multiple complaints made by both the prisoners and their lawyer, they still don’t have medical assistance.

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Saharawi Political Prisoners from Gdeim Izik Group suffering continued inhumane treatment

PUSL.- Two years and eight month after the last judgement of group of political prisoners known as the Gdeim Izik Group the 19 saharawi detained in Moroccan prisons continue to be object of ill treatment.

The Gdeim Izik Saharawi political prisoners continue to have lack of medical assistance which is repeatedly refused by the. Moroccan authorities although most of them suffer from chronic diseases and others resulting from almost ten years of incarceration, torture and isolation.

The majority of these prisoners are in prolonged isolation since their dispersion to different prisons in 2017. This form of punishment is considered one of the worst tortures that have not only serious psychological but also physical impact.

The restrictions on contact with their families due, not only to the long distances the prisons are located from El Aaiun (642 to 1300km),but also the arbitrary denial of visitation rights and the fact that phone calls are reduced to a few minutes per week for some of them increase the isolation factor.

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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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