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23/04/2017 16:55

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COPENHAGUE (Denmark)-The Danish parliament urged the government of his country to intercede with the Moroccan government in order to ensure a fair trial for the Saharawi activists of "Gdeim Izik" arrested in 2010 and condemned 2013 by a Moroccan military court to heavy sentences.       

In an appeal to the Danish Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen, MP Christian Juhl wondered about the measures taken by his country's government so that Moroccan authorities "ensure a fair trial for the 25 activists of Gdeim Izik group."

He proposed to the Danish government to dispatch observers from Denmark's embassy in Rabat to follow the trial.

Postponed for several times, the trial of the Sahrawi activists opened Monday 13 March before the court of appeal in Sale near Rabat.

The Danish MP drew the attention of the government to the violation by the Moroccan government of the international law in terms of the trial and the detention of Sahrawi activists jailed since 6 years, calling on his country to call Morocco to order.  

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LONDON (UK)– The British government has reaffirmed its support to the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination and to the efforts of the UN Secretary General for finding a just and lasting solution to the Sahrawi question, in compliance with the UN principles and objectives.

The stance of the UK government remain unchanged concerning Western Sahara sovereignty and its "support to the efforts of the UN Secretary General for finding a just and lasting solution to the Sahrawi question, in compliance with the UN principles and objectives," said a letter sent Wednesday by the UK Foreign Office official for the Arab Maghreb, to the Polisario Front representation in London.

Moreover, the British official said that the "British government follows the stages of the Gdeim Izik group trial and dispatched a representative of the British Embassy in Rabat to attend the trial originally scheduled for December 26th" and postponed to January 23rd, 2017.

"International observers and human rights organizations attended the trial alongside the international collective of lawyers (Belgium, France and Spain)," he added, saying that his government "will follow with interest the next trial in coordination with the European Union Mission in Rabat."

This letter came as a reply to the one sent by the Polisario Front representation in London to the British Foreign Office on the trial of the "Gdeim Izik" group as part of the international campaign for their release as well as all the Sahrawi political detainees in Moroccan prisons.

Polisario Front envoy to London, Mohamed Limam Mohamed Ali welcomed the British position and called on other European countries to "send representatives of their embassies to Morocco to attend the trial on 23 January."

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Al-AYUN (Occupied Saharawi Territories)- Moroccan occupation forces have violently repressed a peaceful Saharawi protest in al-Ayun, who were claiming Western Sahara people's right to self-determination and independence, a Saharawi judicial source said Sunday. 

The Saharawi protestors chanted slogans calling for an end to Moroccan occupation and respect of human rights in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

They also demanded that all political Saharawi prisoners in Moroccan jails be set free, the source added.


Ahead of the trial of the Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik group, Moroccan authorities have deployed military forces in the occupied towns to suppress the peaceful demonstrators calling for Western Sahara people's right to self-determination. 

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MADRID- The Trade Union Confederation of Spanish Workers' Commissions (CCOO-Spanish) called for a rally on Tuesday in front of the Moroccan Embassy in Madrid to express solidarity with the Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group.

The Confederation expressed its support and solidarity with the Sahrawi political prisoners, demanding the application of their demands, notably a trial in Western Sahara occupied territories and their transfer to a prison close to their families, according to a communiqué from the CCOO published on its website Saturday.

It also called for "the initiation of an investigation into the violations of international humanitarian law that they (the Sahrawi political prisoners) have suffered for six years, including the torture and heavy sentences imposed on them and the violation of their right to be defended."

In this context, several Spanish cities have decided to organize demonstrations to express their support and solidarity with the Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik group, which trial is expected from next Monday.

In Madrid, the Spanish associations’ coordination of solidarity with Sahara (CEAS-Sahara) called for a rally in front of Morocco embassy to demand the release of the Sahrawi political prisoners on 27th December.  

The political prisoners, called "group of Gdeim Izik," demanded, four days before their new trial, their "immediate and unconditional" release and the conviction of Moroccan officials for "arbitrary detentions."

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PARIS-The mayor of Ivry-sur-Seine Philippe Bouyssou has questioned for the second time the French Foreign Affairs Ministry Jean-Marc Ayrault on the situation of Sahrawi political prisoners, calling him to make pressure on Moroccan authorities.

"The situation of Gdeim Izik group of prisoners is extremely worrying. It sees that the Moroccan authorities to deal with this issue without taking into consideration of the basic human rights, including defence by a lawyer," Bouyssou stressed in a second letter Tuesday, of which APS obtained a copy.

The first letter has been sent on 24 March.

The mayor of Ivry, a village situated in Ile de France, near Paris, called on the minister, "once again", to make pressure on the Moroccan authorities so that "they fully respect the rights of these detainees and those willing to rightly defend them."  

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Madrid (Spain)- The general council of the Spanish Lawyers Association has protested against arrest and expulsion, by Moroccan authorities on Thursday, of eight international human rights observers, including five Spaniards.

The association, in a statement, has called on Moroccan government to allow "human rights observers to fulfil their mission and to ensure prisoners' right to a fair trial."

It noted that those lawyers went to Morocco to enquire about the legal situation of 13 convicts from the Gdeim Izik group.

The Saharawi poisoners, the association added, took part in protests at Gdeim Izik camp, near Al-Ayun, in 2010, to claim Western Sahara people's right to self-determination.

They have been arrested, prosecuted and "have received sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment."

Amnesty International and other international organizations have recently affirmed that those Saharawi prisoners have been illegally deprived of freedom."

For its part, the Free Lawyers Association of the Spanish city Saragossa has denounced the "illegal and unjustified" detention of the members of the international delegation of lawyers.

They also criticized the "permissiveness of Spanish government."

"This behaviour is very serious as it violates the basic right to defend suffering people," the Saragossa association stressed in a statement.





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