Western Sahara

News in Brief

In July, French citizen Claude Mangin-Asfari was prevented for the fifth time from visiting her husband, the Sahrawi political prisoner Naâma Asfari. She flew into Casablanca on 8 July and was refused entry to Morocco – and put on the next plane back to Orly.

Naâma Asfari is serving 30 years in the notorious Kenitra prison in Morocco for helping to organise the Gdeim Izik protest camp in 2010.

Gdeim Izik grew to house more than 5,000 people nonviolently protesting against discrimination, poverty and human rights abuses against Sahrawis.

Morocco has illegally occupied Western Sahara since 1975.

Naâma Asfari and 24 other young Sahrawi activists were detained the day before Gdeim Izik was brutally cleared (3,000 other Sahrawis were arrested).

Naâma and his colleagues were prosecuted in military courts for 11 security force deaths that occurred after they were arrested.

On 17 February 2013, 23 of the detainees were given sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment.

You can express your concern for the health of Naâma Asfari and other Western Saharan activists, and your objection to the ban on visits by Naâma's wife, Claude Mangin-Asfari, to: His Excellency Mr Abdesselam Aboudrar, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, 49 Queen's Gate Garden, London SW7 5 NE.

Topics: Western Sahara