Amnesty International calls on Moroccan judicial authorities to guarantee fair trial to all Sahrawi prisoners

London (U.K.), July 22, 2017 (SPS) - Amnesty International called on the Moroccan judicial authorities to guarantee a fair trial to all Sahrawi political prisoners and to avoid any exceedings (torture or ill-treatment) throughout the trial.

In a reply to the letter addressed by the president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, concerning incarcerated Sahrawi students, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty, called on the Moroccan legal authorities to “ensure, during trials of Sahrawis, that no one is declared guilty based on proof obtained under torture.”

In a joint communiqué published on 10 July, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on Morocco to ensure that “no incarcerated Sahrawi is declared guilty based on proof obtained under torture.”

Following the verdict of Sahrawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group, Amnesty International denounced a trial conducted in the absence of reliable investigations. 

The Sahrawi president wrote to the Secretary General of Amnesty International on 10 July, concerning the heavy sentences given by Morocco against a group of Sahrawi students following a long period of incarceration based prevarications and in the absence of the slightest conditions of a fair trial. (SPS)

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