Adala UK condemns arbitrary detention of young Sahrawi Hamza Al Ansari

Moroccan authorities have detained Hamza Al Ansari, who is known as an activist who regularly participates in peaceful demonstrations, demanding self-determination for Western Sahara. He was detained for trying to join a group of Saharawis who wanted to celebrate the freedom of ex-prisoners of the ‘Gdeim Izik’ group in the Western Saharan capital last Friday, and transferred to the ‘black prison’ in El Aaiun. Continue reading

The trial of the Gdiem Izik Group of Saharawi political prisoners is a clear example of the failings of the judicial system in the Kingdom of Morocco; a system that is neither just nor independent. 

The long sentences imposed on each of the political prisoners reflects the practice of the Moroccan authorities to continually ignore national and international legislation.

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Calls for the immediate release of soldier Ahmed Aliouat: victim of racism and an unfair trial

On 4 July, Ahmed Aliout was sentenced to life imprisonment by Moroccan military court. Ahmed is a soldier of Saharawi origin in the Moroccan army and was accused of communicating with ‘the enemy’ via social media networks. His case represents a cruel human rights violation and a huge miscarriage of justice.  Continue reading

Intimidation and repression of human rights defenders in Western Sahara reaching crisis point

Arbitrary detention and intimidation are daily risks for human rights defenders in occupied Western Sahara, as has been documented in many cases by Adala UK in the last few years. Despite living under constant fear of intimidation, threat and attack, human rights defenders continue working with determination and bravery every day. It is unfair that they should face these threats alone. The international community and the UN should be doing much more to protect and support them. Continue reading

Moroccan authorities using electric shock weapons in Western Sahara 

Pistols and other devices which produce electric shocks have become widely used by the Moroccan police. They are used arbitrarily, even in very ‘low risk’ situations. Adala UK has frequently been reporting the indiscriminate use of metal bars, stones and truncheons by the Moroccan police but we have recently been observing a complete lack of regulation of electric shock weapons, as is demonstrated by the following case:
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Morocco’s 2017 Universal Periodic Review

The UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process all UN member states must take part in every four years as a review of their human rights record and an opportunity for other member states to make recommendations as to improvements the country under review can make. NGOs take part in the reporting process prior to the review to submit evidence regarding the human rights record of the country under review.  Continue reading

17 year old child arrested and beaten by Moroccan occupation forces in Western Sahara

A Moroccan police patrol arrested 17 year old Souayah Dahi on the Sharif Radi Avenue in the Zemla neighbourhood in the capital of Western Sahara due to his participation in a protest in solidarity with the Saharawi political prisoners held in Moroccan prisons. Dahi has been punished for exercising his right to freedom of expression and assembly.

A group of plain clothes police officers dragged the young man down the street and then took him away in an armoured vehicle to an unknown location. This was whilst several other cars brutally intervened against a peaceful demonstration, a witness told Adala UK. Continue reading