Saharawi journalists sentenced to two years in prison

PUSL.- Mohamed Salem Mayara, reporter and Mohamed Alchomyai image reporter were sentenced to 2 years in prison last September 5, by the court of first instance of El Aaiun capital of the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The two journalists belong to the “smara news” team, a Saharawi media, broadcasted on social networks to break the silence and media blackout imposed by the Kingdom of Morocco that occupies the territory of Western Sahara illegally through a military presence, with military and police forces that keep the Sahrawi population under a domain of terror, kidnapping, torture and a social, political and economic apartheid, disrespecting the United Nations resolutions.

The two journalists were documenting a peaceful demonstration when they were arrested on 27 March this year.

Victims of torture and ill-treatment they were forced to sign documents drawn up by the Moroccan authorities whose contents they did not know.

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Morocco – intentional medical neglect of saharawi political prisoner

Mr. El Wafi Wakari, saharwi student and political prisoner of the group Companions of El Wali, has been denied medical attention since his arrest in January 2018 although he was diagnosed after his detention and the Moroccan doctors told him that he needed urgent surgery.

After countless complaints of the familiy to the moroccan authorities and the CNDH (National Council for Human Rights), and the UN mechanisms for human rights and also several interventions made in the european parliament by MEP’s about this case the medical situation did not improve and the Moroccan authorities continue to ill treat Mr. Wakari by refusing to treat him.

The french lawyer that now represents this political prisoner, Maitre Marie ROCH has sent a detailed complaint to the moroccan authorities emphasizing the violation of the morrocan law itself.

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El Wafi Wakari saharawi political prisoner needs urgent medical attention and protection of his life

PUSL.- 28 year old, Mr. OUAKARI ELOIFI (also spelled El Wafi Wakari) saharawi political prisoner who was transferred on 4th of July to Ait Melloul prison needs urgent medical attention and protection of his life.

After his transfer Mr. Eloifi was put in a cell with Moroccan violent offenders which poses serious concerns about his physical integrity since he is absolutely incapable of defending himself due to his health condition.

In the same prison are three other saharawi students: Ali Shargui, Hamza Rami and Ahmed Abba Ali from the same group, known as Companions of El Uali who were transferred on the same day, but are in different cell blocks and of which there are no current information.

The families urge the UN and the EU to address the moroccan authorities with the request to join all sahararawi political prisoners currently detained in Ait Melloul.

Mr. Eloifi was detained in January 2016 and since his arrest he has undergone severe ill treatment, beatings, insufficient food intake, psychological and physical distress.

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Court of appeal condemns saharawi students saharauis

The appeal trial of Saharawi students known as companions of El Uali, held yesterday in Marrakech, did not change the sentences attributed by the court of first instance.

The publi Judgment had the presence of 4 international observers, but in clear violation of the rules of a public trial families of prisoners were not authorized to be present.

PUSL has been monitoring this process since the arrest of these young people in 2016. For more information consult the published report and the articles.

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Demonstration in support of Saharawi political prisoners in the occupied city of El Aaiun

Yesterday, April 4, on Smara Avenue, in El Aaiun, several families of Saharawi political prisoners supported by many Sahrawis took to the streets and expressed their solidarity with the prisoners of Gdeim Izik.

Moroccan occupation forces dispersed the demonstrators, while another group of Saharawis in another area of ​​the avenue next to the Nagir hotel occupied one of the roundabouts and displayed flags and shouted slogans in support of the political prisoners and the freedom of Western Sahara.

During the police intervention, several protesters were injured, including Gahli Ajnaa, wife of Mohamed Bani, a political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik, who along with other comrades began a hunger strike on 9 March.

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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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Morocco puts Gdeim Izik prisoners in life danger

On the 9th of March, 8 Saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group in Ait Melloul and Kenitra prisons entered a hunger strike demanding the respect of their basic rights.

On the 8th of March the prison directors of both penitentiaries informed the prisoners that they had a “note de service” an official memo saying that if they would begin a hunger strike they would be put in isolation.

In Ait Melloul prison Sidahmed Lemjeyid and Mbarek Lefkir suspended their hunger strike on the 12th of March after the threats issued by the prison director.

According to information of the families, Mohamed Bani and Brahim Ismaili were put in isolation on the 12th of March without drinkable water, the isolation cells are known as “coffins” and have no windows, the prisoners have to sleep on the floor.

The daughter of Mr. Ismaili denounced that the Regional Director of the Prisons of Agadir and the Prison Director of Ait Melloul 2 told Mr. Ismaili that if he would fall into a coma they would give him an injection to get rid of him definitively and put an end to the troubles.

At 8am of the 9th of March, Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, El Bachir Boutanguiza, Mohamed Bourial and Abdallahi Lakfawni were brought to isolation cells in Kenitra since they started the hunger strike.

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Saharawi political prisoners warn about health situation

Saharawi political prisoners, Ali Saadoni and Salah Lebsir detained in Tata prison in Morocco, report that they are being held in a cell with common criminals and a prisoner with a chronic contagious disease. In the same cell is also Abdalahi Elbuhi another Saharawi prisoner.

Saadoni, a human rights activist and Lebsir, a journalist, have alerted the Moroccan authorities that they are at risk of infection and request that the sick prisoner be placed in a separate cell according to the rule number 30 d) of the Mandela Rules (Standard Minimal Treatment of prisoners of the United Nations) and article 125 of Law 23-98 on the organization and functioning of the penitentiary establishments of the Kingdom of Morocco.

“Any consequence of this situation is the responsibility of the Moroccan authorities who are responsible for our health while in custody,” say the prisoners and report that they are victims of medical malpractice and that Morocco wants to kill them.

Lebsir went on hunger strike on 9 March in solidarity with all Sahrawi political prisoners, reaffirming his status as political prisoner and demanding respect for their basic rights.

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Ahmed Sbaai Saharawi political prisoner transferred to unknown location

At 04:00 today, the Sahrawi political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik, Mr. Ahmed Sbaai, was taken by the guards of the Kenitra prison to an unknown location.

Neither Mr. Sbaai’s attorneys nor his relatives were informed of his whereabouts.

Ahmed Sbaai suffers from heart problems and asthma. From 4 to 13 December 2017 Mr. Sbaai was put in a space that served as WC, a 1x2m for ten days with the lights on 24 hours/24hours, mistreated and without medical care despite repeated asthma attacks.

Mr. Abdallahi Abbahah, another prisoner of this group, was in the same conditions in an identical space.

The transfer of political prisoners from the Gdeim Izik group has been a constant in order to divide the group and break the spirit of these human rights activists.

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Saharawi political prisoner El Hafed Iazza victim of medical neglect

54 year old, Saharawi political prisoner El Hafed Iazza who is imprisoned for ten years with a 15 years sentence has accute health problems due to the torture, ill treatment, degrading conditions of incarceration and continued medical neglect by the Moroccan authorities since the first moment of his arrest.

Mr. El Hafed Iazza is currently imprisoned in Bouzakarn prison but according the Saharawi Human Rights NGO Codesa, last 24 February, the Moroccan authorities transferred him to the local prison of Oudaya in Marrakech / Morocco for alleged treatment and medical exams of his urinary tract.

On 26 February 2018, he was transferred from Oudaya Prison Moroccan authorities to the regional hospital in Marrakech under intensive police and intelligence presence, which increased his health problems and psychological crisis.

The Sahrawi political prisoner was held for several hours inside this hospital without being subjected to any treatment or examination mentioned by an medical expert.

After hours of waiting, during which the political prisoner was handcuffed and under strict police surveillance, the Moroccan authorities were forced to return him to the local prison of Oudaya in Marrakech where he continued to suffer from medical negligence and its serious consequences.

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Report on the situation of the families of Saharawi political prisoners

In a report based on data collected over the last five years, the observer Isabel Lourenço, Human Rights Activist, Member of Fundación Sahara Occidental, Collaborator of porunsaharalibre.org, denounces the seriousness of the situation experienced by the families of Saharawi political prisoners.

The information collected from families in the occupied territories and the kingdom of Morocco during the trials in Rabat, Salé, Agadir and Marrakech shows not only the economic, social and psychological difficulties affecting the families of prisoners.

The long distances that have to be traveled by the families who have to travel over 1200km to then see sometimes the visit prevented arbitrarily.

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