Danish Free Western Sahara Campaign urges Morocco to free release the Saharawi Gdeim Izik group

Copenhagen, (Denmark) March 13th, 2017(SPS) - In Press release issued today by the Danish Free Western Sahara Campaign (Frit Vest Sahara) has urged the Moroccan authorities to free release the Saharawi innocent human rights activists of Gdeim Izik group.

The Danish Free Western Sahara Campaign (Frit Vest Sahara) further said:

“In these hours the Kingdom of Morocco is holding a trial against the 25 human rights activists of Gdeim Izik who have been imprisoned for several years only because of their peaceful demonstration.

The protest Camp Gdeim Izik in 2010 became a symbol of the peaceful struggle of Saharawis for their independence, but also for the brutal oppression of Moroccan forces. About 12 kilometres outside of Laayoune – the capital city of the occupied Western Sahara – Gdeim Izik was a nonviolent resistance-camp against discrimination and marginalization with estimated 20.000 participants of all generations.

On Monday 13th, March 2017 – following pressure of different human rights Organizations – there will be a new trial to decide about the Sahrawi prisoners of Gdeim Izik who are still held captive. A first trial took part in 2013 by a Moroccan Military tribunal, which Amnesty International criticized as “fundamentally flawed”. Moreover, Amnesty repeatedly called on Moroccan authorities “to investigate human rights violations, which took place during and following the camp dispersal on 8 November 2010, and to ensure that those detained in the context of these incidents are not tortured or otherwise ill-treated”. (SPS)

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