Gdeim Izik prisoners currently detained in Tiflet 2 are still subject to isolation and inhuman treatment

PUL.- The Saharawi political prisoner Abdallahi Abbahah, of the group of Gdeim Izik, currently held in the Tiflet 2 prison in Morocco, will make a 48 hour protest hunger strike in support of El Bachir Khadda from the same group, who entered an open hunger strike last 18h of September.

According to the information of the family, Abbahah declared that he will make a 48 hour protest hunger strike in support of El Bachir Khadda and also against the daily harassment, ill treatment and prolonged confinement he is subjected to since his transfer over 5 months ago.

The prisoners of Tiflet2, Mohamed Lamin Haddi, Abdallahi Abbahah and El Bachir Khadda have been without meaningfull human contact for months, victims of psychological torture, harassment and ill treatment. They are in cells with the bare minimum necessary, without any means to spend their time, starring at the walls 22 hours or more. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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.” Read more

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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. Read more

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New complaint before the against Morocco 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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Morocco denies legal action against Saharawi political prisoners

The General Delegation of the Prison Administration and Reintegration (GDPAR) of the Kingdom of Morocco reacted to a letter sent by foreign lawyers to the French Prime Minister on the situation of the political prisoners of the group of Gdeim Izik reported yesterday in

In an article published on Thursday, in response to the letter / denunciation of a group of lawyers from 5 countries addressed to the French prime minister visiting Morocco, the General Delegation of the Prison Administration and Reintegration (GDPAR) denies the allegations and states that the detainees enjoy all their rights, in the same way as other prisoners, and do not suffer damage to their dignity or mistreatment,

According to GDPAR  “the lack of positive interaction between some of those detainees and their obstinacy in making hunger strike warnings despite the institution’s willingness to facilitate their detention conditions and preserve their health, the administration had to apply the regulation appropriate against them “. Not specifying what  the “appropriate regulation against them” is.

It is surprising to note that a hunger strike, according to the GDPAR  is an act of indiscipline which requires disciplinary correction and that there is an “appropriate regulation”, which probably are  the ones that can be read in the letter of the lawyers. Read more

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GDEIM IZIK – Lawyers from 5 countries send letter to French Prime Minister

European lawyers from Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and Switzerland sent today a letter to the French prime minister visiting Rabat calling for his intervention to protect the Sahrawi political prisoners known as the Gdeim Izik Group.

According to Ingrid Metton, French lawyer of the defense team of these political prisoners, the conditions of detention are alarming, with serious risks to the physical integrity of the 19 detainees not only because of the lack of medication and minimal medical attention, but also because the administration of Kenitra prison transferred a Moroccan prisoner of common crime with a history of extreme violence to the same ward as the saharawi detainees The political prisoners went on a 48-hour strike to alert public opinion to this threat and hold the prison director accountable for any injuries and attacks they may suffer.

This letter is a further appeal in a long list of international communications and denunciations from various quarters of civil society that warn of the seriousness of the situation and call on the international community to pressure Morocco to respect the basic principles of human rights.

Mrs. Metton reaffirmed that both she and her colleague and co-advocate for the group, Dr. Olfa Ouled will continue to defend these human rights activists until justice prevails. Read more

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Ayoubi’s trial again postponed

The trial of Mohamed Ayoubi, a member of Gdeim Izik group, was postponed until next November 15th, according to information from the Committee of the Families of the political prisoners of Gdeim Izik.

The court in Rabat separated the trial of Ayoubi in the middle of the group trial, being the only one that still has no sentence dictated in this new process.

Mohamed Ayoubi was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2013 by the military court in Rabat but placed on probation due to his state of health. Read more

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