In Western Sahara, a group of Moroccan plain clothes police officers is monitoring the family home of Adala UK member Sidi Ahmed Abdal Mohamed Fadel in El Aaiun, which led to panic among nearby residents. He is also been constantly followed by police officers throughout El Aaiun during his current stay there. On 27th April Sidi Ahmed and his brother were surrounded by eight police officers in one of the main streets of El Aaiun, who pushed them and threatened them, saying things such as ‘you either leave or we will arrest you’.
This constant intimidation comes after Moroccan newspapers and websites published the names and personal details of the Western Sahara activists Sidi Ahmed Fadel, El Ghalia Djimi and Lwaraa Abdul Samad who participated in the 28th session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva to bring the reality of human rights violations in the Occupied Territories to the UN’s attention.
The three activists have also been discredited by the Moroccan press and accused of ‘inciting violence’.
Harassment and prosecution of Saharawi human rights activists continues in Western Sahara. Adala UK ask the international community to take urgent action on these new dangerous developments which put human rights activists in Western Sahara at even greater risk of detention and violence than in the past.