MEP’s send letter to President of European Commission, High Representative of FASP, and President of the European Council concerned about Saharawi activist Mahfouda Lefkir

PUSL.- 30 MEP’s sent a letter today to the President of the European Commission, Mrs. Ursula Von Der Leyen, the Vice- President and High Representative of FSP, Mr. Josep Borrell and to the President of the European Council, Mr. Charles Michel regarding the situation of Saharawi activist Mrs. Mahfouda Lefkir a 34 year old mother recently sentenced to 6 month prison.

The MEP’s from several political groups (Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Group of the European People’s Party – Christian Democrats and Non-attached Members) expressed their concern with the health status of Mrs. Lefkir and the lack of due medical assistance as well as detention conditions.

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“Moroccan justice” ratifies condemnation of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir

PUSL.- At noon today took place, the appeal trial of Sahrawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir in which the judge has ratified the sentence of 6 months in prison and the payment of a 2,000 dirhams fine, issued on November 27. The trial was held in the court of El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara

The hearing has been held without the assistance of observers, allowing only Mahfouda’s father to enter.

It should be noted that the defense lawyer of Mahfouda received the documentation of the trial on the 27th and the information and documents of the trial held today, at the end of yesterday afternoon, so that the activist’s defense has been reduced due to the limited time available to prepare the file.

The young mother, member of the association “Coordination of Gdeim Izik” and the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, was arrested inside the courtroom of the court of El Aaiún under the pretext of “assaulting an official” when she asked about her cousin’s case, Mansour Elmoussaoui, who was sentenced to 1 month in prison. Mansour was arrested on 28 October and accused of participating in the celebrations of the Algerian team victory in the Africa Cup.

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Tomorrow, Thursday, the appeal trial of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir is held

PUSL.- According to information received from the family of Mahfouda Elfakir, the lawyer of the Saharawi activist has been informed that during the day of tomorrow, Thursday, December 12, the appeal trial will take place.

Mahfouda has been sentenced to 6 months in prison on November 27.

The trial will be held two days after the expulsion of human rights activist Isabel Lourenço who planned to visit the activiss family to learn about her situation.

The young mother, member of the association “Coordination of Gdeim Izik” and the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, was arrested inside the courtroom of the court of El Aaiún under the pretext of “assaulting an official” when she asked about her cousin’s case, Mansour Elmoussaoui, who was sentenced to 1 month in prison. Mansour was arrested on 28 October and accused of participating in the celebrations of the Algerian team victory in the Africa Cup.

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ASAHARA – Brazil repudiates arrest and conviction of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Lefkir

Waving flag of Western Sahara and Brazil

FREEDOM FOR MAHFOUDA LEFKIR!

On behalf of the Western Saharan People’s Friendship and Solidarity Association – ASAHARA, we express our repudiation of the arrest and condemnation of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Lefkir. At the same time, we want to register our support and solidarity for the struggle for the liberation of Western Sahara from the yoke and oppression of the Kingdom of Morocco.

The repression of the imperial government of Morocco tries in every way to silence the voice of the Saharawi people, who are bravely fighting for the freedom and independence of Western Sahara.

The condemnation and imprisonment of militant Mahfouda Lefkir and thousands of other activists will certainly not diminish the determination of the Saharawi people for the complete independence of Morocco.

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Saharawi activist Mahfouda Lefkir sentenced to six months in prison

PUSL.- According to Mr. Bomba father of Mahfouda Lefkir, the activist was sentenced to 6 months in prison.

The sentence is based on the fact that Mahfouda challenged the judge on 15 November at the end of her 15-year-old cousin Mansour Elmoussaoui’s trial.

Today at the end of her trial Mahfouda declared to the judge that her conviction has nothing to do with the accusation. It is a condemnation for my activism, for my work, for being a Saharawi and defending and yearning for our independence, said the young mother.

El Aaiun’s court was under police siege and there were no international observers present. At the trial were Mahfouda’s father and brothers, and some family friends.
Mahfouda’s lawyer will appeal within the time allowed by law.
The sentence exceeds by 4 months the maximum penalties usually awarded in Morocco for disrespect inside of the court.

Mahfouda’s family house is under police siege and no one is allowed to leave or enter the house.

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Conditions of detention of Mahfouda, Saharawi activist, violate UN Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

Mahfouda Lefkir was visited today by her Father and children. The young Saharawi mother and activist has been detained since 15 November (see news here).

According to Mr. Bomba, Mahfouda’s father, the conditions of detention to which she is subject do not correspond to the Nelson Mandela Rules – NMR (UN Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners).

In addition to continuing with severe headaches resulting not only from her previous medical condition but also from the attack and beatings received by the guards when they removed her from court and forced her into a van of male prisoners, she suffer from extreme dizziness.

The medication she needs to take daily is in the form of drops that have to be mixed with water. The guards who are now giving her medication do not prepare the mixture in front of her, and Mahfouda refuses to take the glass of water since she does not trust the guards.

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Trial of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Lefkir postponed to the 27 of November, family house under siege

PUSL.- Mahfouda Lefkir was again presented in court today. Defense attorney Erguibi’s request for parole was rejected by the king’s prosecutor. The trial has been postponed to November 27.

Mahfouda is in alarming health situation with neurological complications that got worse after being beaten on 15 November when she was detained in the El Aaiun courtroom.

The refusal by the Moroccan authorities to let the family deliver the medicines Mahfouda has to take on a daily basis and the fact that they have injected her with a tranquilizer without knowing her medical history is particularly alarming.

Before going to court today at 1 pm her father was allowed to speak to her for a few minutes. Mahfouda said that when she was attacked by police she hit her head on the floor and that he is still has dizziness.

The young mother will have to await trial in the black prison of El Aaiun. Since this afternoon the family house of Mahfouda has been under siege by all Moroccan occupation forces. Tensions in El Aaiun are rising, Moroccan authorities are reinforcing the contingent and means of repression in the city.

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Saharawi Community and Associations in France and Belgium address Morgherini about the arbitrary detention of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Lefkir

To Mrs. Federica Mogherini
High Representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy

We, the Collective of Saharawi Associations in France and Belgium, have learned that activist Mahfouda Lefkir was arrested on Friday, November 15, 2019 by the Moroccan occupation authorities, while she was attending the trial of her cousin Mansour Othman, aged 15, who was sentenced to 1 month in prison. Mansour was arrested on October 28 and accused of having participated in the celebrations of the victory of the Algerian team in the African Cup.

The young mother, member of the association “Coordination of Gdeim Izik” and the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, was arrested inside the courtroom of the court of El Aaiún under the pretext of “assaulting an official” when she asked about her cousin’s case.

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PCP MEP questions Morgherini about arbitrary arrest of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir

PUSL.- The Written Question by Sandra Pereira, MEP of the PCP (Portuguese Communist Party), addressed today to Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, questions the circumstances of the arrest of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir who was detained in the courtroom of El Aaiun last November 15th.

Elfakir was attending the trial of her 15-year-old cousin, who was sentenced to one month in prison for celebrating Algeria’s victory in the African Cup of Nations.

Mahfouda Elfakir was beaten by the authorities, was heard by the Moroccan prosecutor without a lawyer present and was denied the daily supply of medicines she needed.

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Saharawi activist arrested and assaulted during trial of her minor cousin

PUSL.- Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir was arrested on Friday morning the 15th of November in the court of El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, where she was attending the trial of her 15-year-old cousin Mansour Elmoussaoui, who was sentenced to 1 month in prison. Mansour was arrested on 28 October and accused of participating in the celebrations of the Algerian team victory in the Africa Cup.

The young mother, member of the association “Coordination of Gdeim Izik” and the Moroccan Human Rights Association was detained inside the trial room on the pretext of “assaulting an official” when she asked something about her cousin’s case.

By refusing to climb into a common prisoner transport van, with only male prisoners, she was brutally beaten in front of all those at trial.

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