Adala UK writes to the UK foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Dear  Mr Hammond,

We are writing to you from Adala UK, a UK-based NGO, campaigning for human rights in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. For over two years, we have been highlighting numerous cases of human rights violations in Western Sahara, perpetrated by the Moroccan authorities.
Most recently we reported on the case of Hasana El Wali, a Saharawi activist and political prisoner, who died in prison in the occupied city of Dakhla on 28th September 2014. Hasana had spent several weeks in a critical condition following his subjection to torture by the Moroccan prison officials. He was denied access to medical care and it can therefore be assumed that his death was the result of medical negligence. Moreover, Hasana was buried on 4th October without informing his family and in an unknown location. The Moroccan authorities had previously refused to conduct an independent autopsy of his body to determine the cause of death.
Last May, Adala UK published a report on medical negligence suffered by Saharawi political prisoners in Moroccan prisons: https://adalauk.org/2014/05/24/adalauk-report-on-the-health-of-saharawi-political-prisoners-in-moroccan-prisons-6/
We regularly report other incidents of human rights violations, such as the violent repression of peaceful demonstrations, arbitrary detentions, torture and attacks on minors. These can also be found on our blog http://www.adalauk.org.
We hope the UK government will publicly condemn the human rights violations committed by the Moroccan authorities, with particular reference to the tragic case of Hasana El Wali, and demand the immediate release of all Saharawi political prisoners and the implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations, in particular the referendum on self-determination.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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