December 11, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Sahrawi Prisoner’s Health Quickly Deteriorating (Morocco: UA 71.16)


Since his transfer to Ain Sbaa 1 Local Prison, Abdeljalil Laaroussi’s health is critically deteriorating. During the Gdim Izik mass trial in July 2017, which included 22 other Sahrawi activists, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Abdeljalil is on hunger strike since 20 November.

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Since his transfer to Ain Sbaa 1 Local Prison, Abdeljalil Laaroussi’s health is critically deteriorating. During the Gdim Izik mass trial in July 2017, which included 22 other Sahrawi activists, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Abdeljalil is on hunger strike since 20 November.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Ensure Abdeljalil Laaroussi has immediate access to adequate medical care in compliance with medical ethics, including the principles of confidentiality, autonomy and informed consent;
  • Ensure that detention conditions conform to international standards, including the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Mandela Rules), and that he has regular, unrestricted access to his family, and lawyers of his choice;
  • In keeping with the Mandela Rules, which provides in Rule 59 that prisoners shall be allocated, to the extent possible, to prisons close to their homes, grant the transfer of Abdeljalil Laaroussi and the other 19 Gdeim Izik prisoners to Laayoune, in Western Sahara, to allow family visits, unless there are clear, legitimate reasons for not doing so;
  • Ensure that no reprisals are made against hunger strikers.
Contact below officials by 22 January, 2018:

Director of General Administration for
Prison Administration and Reinsertion
Mohamed Saleh Tamek
Angle Avenue Arar et rue El-Jouz
Hay El Riyad, Rabat, Morocco
Fax: + 212 5 37 71 26 19
Salutation: Dear Sir

Ambassador Princess Lalia Joumala,
Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco
1601 21st St. NW, Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202 462 7979 I Fax: 202 462 7643
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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