New complaint before the against Morocco

acatfrance.fr.- 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.

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Wife of Saharawi political prisoner on hunger strike after 4th expulsion from Morocco


Claude Mangin, wife of Naama Asfari, a political prisoner of the group of Gdeim izik, sentenced to 30 years and currently detained in Kenitra, started today a hunger strike demanding respect for the right to visit her husband which has been denied since October 2016.

According to the statement by Claude Mangin-Asfari, her greatest desire is “to return to Morocco to see my husband Naama Asfari, a Saharawi political prisoner, sentenced to 30 years in prison after two unfair trials together with his comrades of the Gdeim Izik group for his peaceful struggle for the independence of Western Sahara, which has been occupied by Morocco for more than 40 years. ”

Naama received the Human Rights Award granted by the ACAT Foundation for Human Dignity in January of this year. The UN Committee against Torture in Geneva has condemned Morocco for the torture of Naama Asfari in December 2016.

However, since October 2016, that Claude Mangin is not allowed to enter Morocco.

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Sahrawi political prisoner Naama Asfari transferred to the prison of Kenitra

According to information from his wife, Mrs. Claude Mangin, Naama Asfari, Sahrawi political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik was transferred on March 15, 2018 to Kenitra prison.

Naama Asfari was in isolation for 30 days in the prison of El Arjat where he was the only member of the group of Gdeim Izik.
Asfari had announced a hunger strike beginning on February 27, but was put in solitary confinement on February 12 last.
The wife did not know if her husband was alive or dead and was only been able to speak to Asfari for a few minutes on the 15th after his transfer and learned that he had suspended the strike.

Naama Asfari informed his wife that on February 26th the penitentiary administration handed him transfer papers to sign. The human rights activist and political prisoner had demanded to be transferred to a prison in Western Sahara, after the signing of the transfer he decided to suspend the hunger strike, but the day he left the isolation he was transferred to the prison of Kentira located 1.200 km away from Sahara West.

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Naama Asfari in isolation announces unlimited hunger strike

Press release

“Better to die for dignity than to live without it”

– After a week of solitary confinement and a warning strike on February 12 and 13, 2018, strike for which the prison administration refused to give me a receipt of strike as declaration,

– After the irresponsible reaction of the director of the penitentiary institution transferring me to a cell of isolation and depriving me of all fundamental rights, with false and absurd arguments that show the pressure and blackmail exerted against me from the first day by the director of this prison ,

– And because of the persistence of this blackmail and the lack of response from the Central Administration on my first request to be transferred to one of the cities of Western Sahara and to open a serious dialogue about my legitimate claims:

I announce that I will start an unlimited hunger strike starting on February 27, 2018.

The strike will take place after having tried, by all means, to alleviate the suffering of my brothers from the group of Gdeim Izik that were separated and dispersed for more than 6 months, now in several prisons, after the unjust sentences that were imposed us due simply because we are activists of freedom and self-determination of the Saharawi people.

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Political prisoner Naama Asfari in isolation

According to information from the family, the El Arjat Prison administration placed the political prisoner of Gdeim Izik group, Naama Asfari in isolation in a small cell, known as a coffin.

The brother of Naama Asfari was prevented today from visiting his brother under the pretext of the absence of the director of the prison.

Khadad Asfari has confirmed that Naama has been in solitary confinement for more than 36 hours and calls for the support of all human rights activists and ngo.

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