[West-Sahara] Voorbeeld brief aan Marokkaanse minister van Justitie

Frank fwillems op antenna.nl
Zo Nov 23 23:38:09 CET 2014

Saharawi politieke gevangenen vrezen voor hun leven.

Op 30 september van dit jaar overleed de Saharawi mensenrechtenactivist
en politieke gevangene Hasana El Wali onder vreemde omstadigheden in een
Marokkaanse miliatire gevangenis, waarschijnlijk tengevolge van
marteling en medische verwaarlozing. Er zijn vragen over gesteld in het
Europees parlement.

Inmiddels is de 58 jarige Embarek Daoudi urgent. Hij in hongerstaking
gegaan uit protest tegen mishandeling en verwaarlozing. Embarek, een
uitgesproken voorstander van onafhankelijkheid, is op gefabriceerde
gronden vastgezet. Zijn gezondheid gaat hard achteruit. Het is mogelijk
dat druk vanuit het buitenland zijn lijden kan verminderen. Het
schrijven van een brief aan de Marokkaanse minister kan daarbij helpen.
Hieronder staat een voorbeeld brief ter inspiratie.


Mr. El Mostafa Ramid
Ministry of Justice
Place Mamounia
Rabat - Morocco

(cabinet op justice.gov.ma)

Dear Mister Ramid

Embarek Daoudi, 58 years old, a Saharawi political prisoner in Salé
prison in Morocco, went on hunger strike on Saturday 1st November to
protest against abuse and negligence by prison officials. He is also
protesting against the continued delay in setting a date for his trial
which has been going on for over a year since his detention began. Mr.
Daoudi's health is rapidly deteriorating. He is now unable to walk or
talk, has difficulty opening his eyes and started vomiting blood on
Friday 21 November. He has repeatedly complained about his treatment,
but the conditions under which he is kept have not improved. He is in an
overcrowded cell with over 20 prisoners.

Mr. Daoudi was detained on 28 September 2013, in his house in the centre
of Guelmim in southern Morocco, as a result of his political opinion
regarding the conflict in Western Sahara, his regular participation in
peaceful demonstrations and the fact that he showed a mass grave at
Amgala to foreign human rights activists who saw the human remains of
eight bodies there and went on to denounce the situation.

He is accused of possession of arms, vandalism and production of
bullets. This accusation is due to the fact that a firearm was found in
his house in Guelmim. This firearm is a family heirloom that belonged to
his grandfather and it has not been fired for decades.

Mr. Daoudi's health is rapidly deteriorating, according to his family
and to the other political prisoners in Sale. His son has told us: ‘We
are really worried about my father, he can hardly talk, he told us that
he is constantly vomiting blood and that there’s blood in his tears”.

The prison doctor saw him on 20 November and told him that he was in a
life threatening condition due to his heart disease and high blood
pressure. Neither the prison doctor nor the prison administration took
any kind of measures and they did not initiate a dialogue with Mr.
Daoudi. On November 21st, the Saharawi political prisoners of the Gdeim
Izik Group talked to the assistant director of the prison asking him to
transport Mr Daoudi to a hospital. He answered that he did not care what
happened to him and that it wasn’t his job.

• I’m extremely worried about the health of Embarek Daoudi and plead
with the Moroccan authorities to guarantee that he has access to
appropriate medical help and have regular contact with his family and
• I seek the immediate and unconditional release of Embarek Daoudi as
his detention is based solely on his having exercised his right to
peacefully demonstrate and to freedom of expression.
• I urge the Moroccan authorities to guarantee that Sahrawi human rights
activists can continue their work without fear of harassment, fulfilling
the obligations that Morocco as signed up to through the International
Treaty on Civil and Political Rights and the Declaration on Human Rights


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Thanks to Barbara Weingartner for this example!

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