NGO refers acts of torture against Saharawi prisoner Mohamed Lamine Haddi to EU

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ALGIERS- A French NGO called on the European Union (EU) to end “acts of torture and ill-treatment” inflicted by the Moroccan occupation authorities to the Sahrawi political prisoner Mohamed Lamine Haddi and the launch of “an independent investigation” on the violations suffered by the activists of the Sahrawi cause.

In a letter addressed to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) France calls on the latter to adopt “a public statement” calling on the Moroccan authorities, in particular, “to put an end to the acts of torture, ill-treatment and other forms of harassment carried out against Mohamed Lamine Haddi, and to set up an independent investigation into the allegations of torture and other violations” suffered by the Sahrawi victims.

The NGO also demands to “respond to the legitimate demands of Mohamed Lamine Haddi regarding his conditions of detention as well as his request to be in a prison facility located near his family residing in occupied El Aaiun.

In its letter, ACAT also asked for “allowing regular contact by telephone and visits of his family and lawyers and to respect its (Morocco) international obligations to protect human rights, especially to fight against torture and ill-treatment.

In the same letter, ACAT-France drew the attention of the head of EU diplomacy to the “extremely worrying” situation of Mohamed Lamine Haddi, Sahrawi activist, officially detained in the prison of Tiflet 2 in Moroccan territory, who was subjected to ill-treatment and acts of torture on March 15.

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