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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Saharawi political prisoner on hunger strike remains in isolation

PUSL.- Mohamed Bourial, who went on hunger strike on 12 October after being put in solitary confinement as soon as he arrived at the prison Tiflet2 remains in the punishment cell.

No one from the penitentiary administration nor the medical team visited the Sahrawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group.

Bourial does not have access to the medication he takes daily, once again Morocco violates international law and it’s own laws.

In Tiflet2 are also on hunger strike El Bachir Khadda for 36 days and Abdallah Abbahah for 23 days. Read more

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Saharawi political prisoner El Bachir Khadda: 35 days in hunger strike

PUSL.- Today El Bachir Khadda entered his 35th day of hunger strike. The Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group is in protest against the continuous ill treatment, prolonged confinement, and demanding the transfer from Tiflet2 prison which is over 1300km from his home town in Western Sahara to a prison nearer to his family.

The Family of Mr. Khadda is extremely worried about his life threatening situation.

In the first weeks Mr. Khadda was put in the infermary Ward although isolated from other prisoners but according to the last information avaible he is now alone in his “normal” cell where he is in prolonged confinement since 16th September 2017.

The Family urges the international community to act and holds the Moroccan authorities responsible for the life of El Bachir Khadda.

The possible death of Mr. Khadda who was abducted by the Moroccan occupation authorities in 2010 in El Aaiun, after the dismantlement of the Gdeim Izik protest camp, tortured for years, victim of a military and civil trial both null and void before the law, will be on the hands not only of the Moroccan authorities but also of the international community who stood silent. Read more

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Hassan Dah, Saharawi political prisoner placed in isolation has started a hunger strike

PUSL.- Hassan Dah Sahrawi political prisoner from Gdeim Izik’s group, currently in Kenitra prison, was put in isolation yesterday after a family member’s visit and started an open hunger strike.

The political prisoner who is serving a sentence of 25 years claims the right to continue studying and to make his doctorate and protests against the treatment to which he has been subjected.

The administratios of the various prisons in which the political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group are detained have put these detainees in solitary confinement and punishment cells at random and without any justification. Read more

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Saharawi political prisoner Mohamed Bourial enters Hunger Strike

PUSL.- The family of Mohamed Bourial informed this morning that the political prisoner of Gdeim Izik group, Mohamed Bourial who was transferred to Tiflet2 last Friday 12th will enter an open hunger strike tomorrow.

In Tiflet2 there are now four of the Sahrawi political prisoners of the group of Gdeim Izik and all in hunger strike. El Bachir Khadda on hunger strike since 18 September, Abdallahi Abbahah since 1st October, Mohamed Lamin Haddi since 5th October and Mohamed Bourial will start on the 15th of October.

All prisoners have the same demands to be transferred to a prison near their families in El Aaiun, respect for their fundamental rights, and medical attention.

In Tiflet2 the prisoners are subjected to prolonged confinement, harassment, ill-treatment, and their basic rights are not respected. The families struggle to be able to visit them since Tiflet is over 1300km from El Aaiun. Read more

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Abbahah, Saharawi political prisoner starts hunger strike

We, the family of Sidi Abdallah Abbahah, saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group, currently detained in Tilftet 2 prison in Morocco, more than 1200 kilometers from his hometown, El-Aaiun, Western Sahara, inform that he began 1 October 2018, an unlimited hunger strike

Sidi Abdallah Abbahah was arrested in 2010 following the dismantling of Gdeim Izik and despite lack of evidence, the Rabat Court of Appeal sentenced him to life in 2017 in a trial marked by numerous and serious violations of the basis of a fair trial.

Abdallah suffers daily harassment and ill-treatment, and is in prolonged confinement since his transfer to Tiflet2, a victim of psychological torture, “raids” almost daily and even with physical assault. Read more

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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 Read more

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Inhumane treatment of saharawi political prisoners on hungerstrike

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, Abdallahi Lakfawni, El Bachir Boutanguiza and Mohamed Bourial, saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group, detained in Kenitra Prison, in hungerstrike and isolation since 9th of March continue their protest albeit all pressure.

After several complaints sent by their French lawyer Maitre Ouled to the Moroccan judicial authorities, to ask for an investigation of the inhuman treatement the prisoners are subjected to due to the isolation, the health statuts of the detainees remains preoccupying.

Two Lawyers of the defense team visited the prisoners on the 21st of March and the prisoners were very debilitated.

It has to be underlined that, the Moroccan law only authorizes isolation for security or precaution reasons which do not apply in the case of the Gdeim Izik prisoners.

The political prisoners are now in hunger strike since 9th of March demanding that the morrocan authorities improve their detention conditions by notably transferring them to near to their families. Read more

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Saharawi political prisoners on hunger strike placed in isolation

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, El Bachir Boutanguiza, Abdallahi Lakfawni and Mohamed Bourial, Sahrawi political prisoners from the Gdeim Izik group who started a hunger strike today (see news here) were placed in isolation today at 8am.

The director of the Kenitra prison had threatened yesterday the Saharawi activists that all those who went on hunger strike would be placed in isolation as a disciplinary measure.

We recall that in November 2017, in reaction to a letter sent by a group of lawyers to the French Prime Minister on the situation of Saharawi political prisoners, the General Delegation of the Administration of Pentineciaries and Reintegration of the Kingdom of Morocco published a statement in which it said that due to the obstinacy of some prisoners in making warning hunger strikes they had to apply appropriate regulation against them.

The Kingdom of Morocco thus does not respect the hunger strike as a universally recognized non-violent protest form, but sees it as a disciplinary offense. Read more

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8 prisoners of Gdeim izik go on hunger strike

Today, 9th of March 2018, the Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group, Brahim Ismaili, Mohamed Mbarek Lefkir, Sidahmed Lemjeyid and Mohamed Bani detained in Ait Melloul and El Bachir Boutanguiza, Mohamed Bourial, Abdallahi Lakfawni and Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah detained in Kenitra go on hunger strike.

These Sahrawi activists detained in 2010 during and after the dismantling of Gdeim Izik have been victims of torture, ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, an illegal military trial, a second civil court trial without guarantees of a fair trial and based only on minutes written by the police signed under torture.

On 16 September 2017, the group of 19 detainees was dispersed through several prisons in the Kingdom of Morocco, during and after the transfer they were again victims of ill-treatment.

On 4 December 2017, Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah and Ahmed Sbaai were placed in isolation in two small toilets with the lights on 24h/24h, beaten and maltreated for ten days.

After numerous complaints presented by the prisoners and their families that had no response by the Moroccan authorities and a very weak state of health due to ill-treatment and medical neglect the 4 members of the group detained in Ait Melloul prison and 4 detained in Kenitra prison decided to go on hunger strike demanding their most basic rights as is the right of visit, adequate medical care, and others. Read more

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