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Human Rights Watch urges UAE to reveal status of Dubai ruler’s daughter

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to immediately disclose the whereabouts of Sheikha Latifa, the 32-year-old daughter of the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, saying her case could constitute "enforced disappearance."“UAE authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of Sheikha Latifa, confirm her status and allow her contact with the outside world,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, the HRW's Middle East director, in a statement on Saturday."If she is detained, she needs to be given the rights all detainees should have, including being taken before an independent judge," the statement said.In a video published in March, the 32-year-old princess announced she was fleeing the emirate because of mistreatment and restrictions imposed by her family. However, on April 17, a source close to the Dubai government said the runaway princess “was brought back” to the emirate.HRW cited a witness as saying t…

Morocco must open a thorough investigation into death of tortured prisoner

Mohamed Al-Ayoubi, a human rights activist, died today 21-02-2018 in a clinic in Rabat due to torture he suffered. He was one of the prisoners who has suffered most torture whilst in the custody of the Moroccan authorities. He suffered torture during his detention and in the prison, where he was held.Mohamed Al-Ayoubi was detained on 8 November 2010 when the Gdeim Izik protest camp near El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara, was dismantled by the Moroccan army, police and auxiliary forces.Mohamed stated that he was tortured through beatings, sleep-deprivation, and cigarette burns on his body among other things. He was also sexually abused with sticks and choked with sponges soaked in urine.Later, Mohamed was formally detained and transferred to Salé 2 prison. Here he also suffered mal-treatment. In addition to torture and sexual abuse, he was held in solitary confinement. As a result of the torture he experienced, he was left in a critical state and had to be transferred to…

Prisoners of Gdeim Izik: AI calls on Morocco to respect the rights of defense

(SPS) - The Human Rights Organization, Amnesty International (AI), has called on Moroccan authorities to respect the rights of defense of the group of prisoners in Gdeim Izik after the ban on entering the.Morocco of two of their lawyers.Two lawyers, Ingrid Metton and Olfa Ouled, from the group of Saharawi political activists in Gdeim Izik, detained in Morocco for more than seven years, were banned last Monday from entering Morocco.In a tweet posted after the expulsion, the NGO stressed that the Moroccan authorities "must respect the rights of the prisoners of Gdeim Izik, which include the choice of lawyers".AI also urged the Moroccan authorities to ensure that "immigration policies are not discriminatory, including on the basis of political considerations".The organization noted that "the two French lawyers expelled from Morocco were going to visit the Sahrawi detainees of Gdeim Izik, sentenced in July 2017 to heavy prison terms in a manifestly unfair trial&q…

Moroccan authorities prevent organizing peaceful demonstration in occupied El-Aaiun

(SPS) – The Moroccan authorities on Friday banned Sahrawi citizens from peacefully demonstrating in Smara Street in the occupied city of El-Aaiun.According to a statement by the Sahrawi Association of Victims of Grave Human Rights Violations committed by the Moroccan State (ASVDH), the Moroccan authorities proceeded in blocking the outlets leading to the place of the demonstration before time, preventing the Sahrawi demonstrators from accessing it, failing to abide by the international rules customary in dealing with demonstrators, torturing and harassing the demonstrators some of whom were people with special needs.The statement added that the systematic policy of the Moroccan state in the Western Sahara territory encourages police officers and security men to attack peaceful protesters, some of them had been filed complaints against to the competent judicial authorities on the part of the victims, which perpetuates the policy of impunity practiced by the Moroccan authorities, which …

Moroccan forces intervene violently against funeral tent of deceased Deida Ould Yazid

The Moroccan forces intervened Thursday violently against the funeral tent of deceased father Deida Ould Yazid in the occupied city of El-Aaiun, reported SPS correspondent on the scene.
A group of supporters of the deceased's family were surprised by formations the Moroccan forces surrounding them before they intervened violently against them and chased them through streets and alleys. The forces uprooted the tents of condolence in front of the house of the deceased and tampered with the contents and confiscated them.
Father and militant Deida Ould Yazid who passed away on Thursday was buried in Gdeim Izik cemetery in a majestic funeral.  (SPS)

Human rights activists call on international community to protect Saharawi defenders in occupied Western Sahara

A debate on "human rights defenders" was facilitated by the Saharawi delegation participating in the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council from which an appeal was made to the international community to protect Saharawi human rights defenders in occupied Western Sahara.
According to media sources, Saharawi activist Soukeina Jed Ahlou urged the human rights organizations participating in the conference "to lift the injustice inflicted on the Saharawi people", denouncing "the harassment exercised by the Moroccan security forces against the Sahrawi human rights defenders to prevent them from disclosing human rights violations against Saharawi civilians in the occupied part of Western Sahara. "
Activist Soukeina Jed Ahlou recalled the inhuman practices she suffered during her abduction, which lasted 12 years in secret places.
The peaceful demonstrations organized in the occupied territories of Western Sahara to claim the right of the Saharawi people to se…

Gdeim Izik group’s trial: unfair sentences life imprisonment to 8 of them and 290 years in prison to the remains

The Court of Appeal in Salé (Morocco) issued a unfair sentence on Tuesday after 31 hearings of the trial of the Saharawi political prisoners, known as Gdeim Izik group, similar to military sentence issued on 17 February 2013 by the Military Court of Rabat (Morocco) against 24 human rights defenders and Sahrawi political detainee, According to the Executive Bureau of the Collective Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA).
Acoording to the same source, the court sentenced to life imprisonment Ahmed Sbaii, Abdallahi Lajfawni, Mohamed Bachir Boutangiza, Sidi Abdalla Abbah, Brahim Ismaili, Mohamed Bani, Sidahmed Lamjaid, Sidi Abdljalil Larussi.
30-year prison terms against Annama Lasfari, Banga Sheikh and Mohamed Bourial.
25-year jail terms against Al-Husein Azzawi , Mohamed Mbarek Lafgir, Mohamed Jouna Babit, Hasan Addah, Mohamed Al-Amin Haddi.
20-year prison enforce against Al-Bachir Jadda , Abadallahi Toubali and Mohamed Tahlil.
06-year prison enforce against Deich Daf.
04-year prison …

Aludaya prison administration (Marrakech) harasses Saharawi student movement prisoners

Aluadya prison administration in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh continues to harass and restrict the basic rights of the prisoners of the Saharawi student movement, denying them the right to communicate with their families. According to OO TT source, "this abusive decision contradicts the spirit of the agreements and conventions that govern the rights of prisoners." It should be recalled that a court of the Moroccan occupier condemned last Thursday the political prisoners of the student movement, "Wali companions ", who were prosecuted on criminal charges. The Sentences ranged from 3 to 10 years in prison, and were based on fabricated evidence. SPS

Gdeim Izik group trial: NGOs call for rejecting any evidence extracted under torture

Moroccan judicial authorities should ensure at the trial of Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group that no one is convicted on the basis of "evidence extracted under torture, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.
Morocco should ensure that no one is found guilty on the basis of evidence extracted under torture, said Sarah Leah Whitson, director of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch.
In November 2010, the Moroccan occupation authorities intervened violently to demolish the Gdeim Izik resistance camp, which had been formed by about 20,000 Sahrawis in order to defend their economic, social and cultural rights, including their right to self-determination and their right to dispose freely of their natural resources.
Among the Saharawi political activists, some of them were arbitrarily sentenced in 2013 to 20 years in prison and others to life imprisonment by a military court, although they are civilians, in violation of intern…

The "national promotion" at the price of the Saharawi silence.

Friday, June 16th, 2017. In occupied El Aaiun, Mahfouda Lafkir, Zaina Chtouki and El Hussein Naciri demonstrated inside the national promotion filing against the decision of the occupation authorities to freeze their benefit from this Moroccan subsidy.
Under the national promotion of the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior, hundreds of Sahrawis men and women are working in cleaning for a monthly salary of 185 euros. The “cards” distributed according to the free will of the local governor “Wali”, In Western Sahara they distrbiuted them in coordination with local delagates who are military. the employees have no right for vocations , retirement or health care .
In the particular context of occupation and discrimination in hiring , jobs mainly go to Moroccan settlers,For many saharawis this subsidy is the basis of family survival .
The three activists are part of the Saharawi committee of those expelled from their jobs . On their placards they denounced the policy of impoverishment of the Sa…