Address Demands of Hunger-Striking Prisoners Convicted Under Outdated Laws

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Target: Mustafa Ramid, Minister of Justice and Liberties

Goal: Either release or retry hunger-striking Moroccan prisoners convicted under outdated laws.

Thirteen Sahrawi men imprisoned since 2010 have begun a hunger strike to protest their detention and the now outdated laws under which they were convicted and sentenced. Sign the petition and demand that they be either retried or released.

Sidahmed Lemjayed, Ahmed Sbai, Mohamed Bachir Boutanguiza, Naâma Asfari, Hassan Dah, Cheikh Banga, Mohamed Bani, Sidi Abdallah Abhah, Mohamed Bourial, Mohamed Embarek Lefkir, Bachir Khadda, Abdallah Toubali, and Ibrahim Ismaili were arrested when their protest camp was “forcibly dispersed,” Amnesty International reports. Several of the people arrested that day accused security forces of torture and ill-treatment, which were allegations that were never investigated.

The men were tried before a military tribunal, despite the fact that they are all civilians. Moroccan law has since changed; civilians can no longer be tried by military courts. However, the law has not been applied retroactively, and the men have begun a hunger strike to draw attention to their plight and their status in legal limbo. Their health has begun to fail as a result, manifesting as severe weight loss, fatigue, headaches, abdominal pain, and fainting spells.

These men deserve justice, and they deserve to hold on to their health. Sign the petition urging their immediate retrial or release, and demand that they be granted access to any medical care they may require.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Ramid,

I am writing to ask you to please release or retry Sidahmed Lemjayed, Ahmed Sbai, Mohamed Bachir Boutanguiza, Naâma Asfari, Hassan Dah, Cheikh Banga, Mohamed Bani, Sidi Abdallah Abhah, Mohamed Bourial, Mohamed Embarek Lefkir, Bachir Khadda, Abdallah Toubali, and Ibrahim Ismaili, civilians who were tried, convicted, and sentenced by a military tribunal under Morocco’s old laws. Now that the law has changed, they deserve a chance to present their cases before a more appropriate civilian court. I urge you to give them another chance at justice.

The men, who were arrested during the forcible dispersion of their protest camp, have begun a hunger strike to protest the conditions under which they were sentenced. Their health is failing, and they are suffering from a number of easily preventable ailments. I urge you to ensure that they have unfettered access to any medical care that they may need.

Finally, many of the men made allegations of torture during the original trial – allegations that were never investigated. Please launch a thorough investigation into these acts of violence, and bring those responsible to justice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Herer]

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