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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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