Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

Morocco: Complaints to France and UN of Torture of Sahrawi Political Prisoner

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In protest against their plight, hundreds of Saharawi in the occupied territories have left their homes in the cities to live in tents in the desert.

Paris — The French NGO Action for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) and lawyer Mr Joseph Breham filed Thursday two complaints to France and the UN to shed light on torture suffered by Sahrawi human rights Naama Asfari at the hands of the Moroccan authorities, according to the NGO.

"Despite repeated and documented denunciations from both civil society and the international community, the Moroccan government has never investigate serious violations of human rights perpetrated against Sahrawi activists ," lamented the NGO in its complaints to France and the UN.

"The kingdom, mindful of its image on the international scene will be held accountable if convicted. A conviction by the Committee against Torture would be a significant first step in the fight against impunity and encourage other Sahrawi and Moroccan victims to make a complaints to the UN, until the Moroccan justice decides to make justice to them," it added.

On 16 February 2013, after more than 27 months of detention, Naama Asfari, an activist for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment by a military court in Rabat after nine days of unfair trial marked by the inclusion of confessions signed under torture.

He was arrested on November 7, 2011 in El Aaiun on the eve of the dismantling of the camp of Gdeim Izik which was erected in November by thousands of Sahrawis to protest against economic and social discrimination they suffered by the Moroccan government.

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