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Published 01 September 2016


No witnesses, no proof. Only confessions signed under torture.

In February 2013, 25 Saharawi activists were sentenced by a military court from 2,5 years to lifetime for taking part in the organisation of the Gdeim Izik protest camp in November 2010. The camp demanded the socio-economic rights of the people of Western Sahara.

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Read more about the prisoners and the 2010 protest here.


Life sentences confirmed for political prisoners

The Moroccan Court of Cassation yesterday confirmed the harsh sentences rendered against the so-called Gdeim Izik prisoners. The group took part in the mass protest on socio-economic marginalisation in Western Sahara in 2010.

26 November 2020

Soon 10 years of wrongful imprisonment: release Gdeim Izik group now

Western Sahara Resource Watch calls for immediate and unconditional release of the group of leading Saharawi activists who were arrested in 2010 for advocating for socio-economic rights of the Saharawi people.

08 September 2020

South Africa stands up against the plunder of Western Sahara

The Government of South African today issued a strong statement of support for International Humanitarian Law in Western Sahara during a meeting in Geneva today.

28 February 2018

Civilian court follows military court against Saharawi activists

Verdict comes after years of accusations that the trials were politically motivated, imprisoning activists who stood up against Morocco's social and economic deprivation of Saharawis.
19 July 2017