UN special Rapporteur of Human Rights Defenders renews his grave concerns regarding saharawi detainee Walid El Batal

PUSL.- In the Addendum Observations on communications transmitted to Governments and replies received concerning the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights, a special mention is made to the case of Saharawi political prisoner Mr. Walid El Batal and the situation of Human Rights Defenders which are subjected to intimidation aimed at discouraging their work in the field of human rights and limiting exercise of their rights to freedom of association and freedom of expression.

In paragraph 702 the Addendum is stated:

702. Concerning the case of the Saharawi journalist Mr. Walid El Batal, Special Rapporteur renews his grave concerns regarding his arrest and detention, ranging from allegations of violence allegedly committed by the police at the time of his arrest and interrogation, to allegations of confession under duress and failure to respect the guarantees of a fair trial. The Special Rapporteur also remains concerned that according to information received, human rights defenders in Western Sahara are regularly subjected to intimidation aimed at discouraging their work in the field of human rights and limiting the exercise of their rights to freedom of association and freedom of expression.

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Sahrawi activist Toumana Deida Yazid on provisional release

PUSL.- Toumana Deida Yazid, a well-known Saharawi activist, who was kidnapped yesterday, March 13, at 9 in the morning in front of her house in El Aaiun, the capital of Western Sahara occupied, by agents of the occupation forces, has been put on probation today.

Moroccan occupation authorities have imposed a fine of 2,000 dirham on the activist and she has been summoned for trial on April 4.

Toumana Deida Yazid is accused of “connections” with the group of Ali Saadoni, another well-known activist whose “crimes” are displaying the Sahrawi national flag in public and rejecting Moroccan nationality.

Ms. Yazid, mother of 7 children, is a cousin of Abdallahi Abbahah, political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group and daughter of well-known activist Deida Uld Esid, who died in 2018.

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Saharawi activist Toumana Deida Yazid kidnapped by the Moroccan police yesterday morning

PUSL.- Toumana Deida Yazid, a well-known Saharawi activist, was abducted yesterday, March 13, at 9 am in front of her home in El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara, by agents of the moroccan occupying forces.

The agents in plainclothes arrived in a van and two motorbikes abducting Mrs. Yazid in broad daylight on the street outside her house and took her to the police station.

So far she has no defense lawyer and will be present to the King’s attorney in the coming days.

Ms. Yazid is a mother, having 7 minor children and is a cousin of Abdallahi Abbahah, a political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik group.

The daughter of well-known activist Deida Uld Esid who died in 2018, Ms. Yazid is accused of “connections” to the group of Ali Saadoni, another well-known activist whose crimes are to display the Saharawi national flag in public and to refuse Moroccan nationality.

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Saharawi Political Prisoners from Gdeim Izik Group suffering continued inhumane treatment

PUSL.- Two years and eight month after the last judgement of group of political prisoners known as the Gdeim Izik Group the 19 saharawi detained in Moroccan prisons continue to be object of ill treatment.

The Gdeim Izik Saharawi political prisoners continue to have lack of medical assistance which is repeatedly refused by the. Moroccan authorities although most of them suffer from chronic diseases and others resulting from almost ten years of incarceration, torture and isolation.

The majority of these prisoners are in prolonged isolation since their dispersion to different prisons in 2017. This form of punishment is considered one of the worst tortures that have not only serious psychological but also physical impact.

The restrictions on contact with their families due, not only to the long distances the prisons are located from El Aaiun (642 to 1300km),but also the arbitrary denial of visitation rights and the fact that phone calls are reduced to a few minutes per week for some of them increase the isolation factor.

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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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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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Sahrawi political prisoner Salik Abdi Mubarak sentenced to five years in prison

PUSL.- The second chamber of the Court of Appeal in the city of E Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, sentenced on Tuesday 26 November 2019, Salik Abdi Mubarak to five years in prison.

The Court of Appeal and all the alleys and streets leading were under an tight police siege to prevent the Saharawi population from entering the court and supporting the Saharawi activist Abdi Mubarak.

Salik Abdi Mbarek was arbitrarily arrested in the street in the occupied city of Smara on June 7th 2019 on the day of the reception of the Saharawi political prisoner Salaheddine Labsir that was released.

Salik Abdi Mbark was brutally beaten by Moroccan intelligence officers in civilian clothes with batons.

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SAHARAWI POLITICAL PRISONER LAHOUCINE AMAADOUR (HUSEIN BRAHIM) SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS

PUSL.- Today the court of appeal in Marrakesh sentenced the young Saharawi Lahoucine Amaadour to 12 years in prison.

Several international observers attended the trial.

The trial of Mr. Amaadour was adjourned several times. The young activist was in detention since January 17, 2019 without being tried. 314 days of arbitrary detention without trial, which is far beyond the deadline set by Moroccan law of 30 days renewable twice.

More information on this case here: https://porunsaharalibre.org/en/?s=Amaadour

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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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