Sahrawi political prisoners in Morocco’s Sale jail start hunger strike

RABAT- Twenty Sahrawi political prisoners kept at Sale jail, near Rabat in Morocco, since the dismantling of the Gdeim Izik protest camp by the Moroccan occupying forces in on 8 November 2010, began Friday hunger strike, according to a source close to their families.

"The Sahrawi prisoners have started the hunger strike to demand their unconditioned release or setting the date for their trial before a civil court, and also to protest against their detention conditions and the deterioration of their health," said a member of the committee of Sahrawi prisoners’ families.

The hunger strike aims at drawing attention of international community of the violation of their rights and their detention conditions, the source said, adding that "it is possible that it will become an unlimited hunger strike."

Last May, the Moroccan human rights association (AMDH) called for rapid intervention for their release, as they have spent one year and four months in prison without trial, in violation of paragraph 3 of article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

APS, 10/06/2012