Activist Isabel Lourenço exposes "unbearable" situation of Saharawi political prisoners in Moroccan jails

Brussels (Belgium), November 11, 2016 (SPS) - The situation of Saharawi political prisoners in Moroccan jails is "unbearable" and constitutes a "serious violation" of the international law, Portuguese activist Isabel Lourenço said Thursday, denouncing the attitude of the international community which "has acted as an accomplice" by keeping silent over Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara. 

"There is an urgent need for the international community to take measures and break the silence surrounding this issue," Lourenço told APS on the morrow of the presentation of a 2016 report, in which she described the situation of Saharawi political prisoners before the members of the intergroup "Peace for Western Sahara" at the European Parliament.

Judicial proceedings are illegal, according to the activist who called for the "immediate release" of all political prisoners as there is no evidence confirming the charges against them.

Isabel Lourenço stressed that "arbitrary imprisonment, abductions, ill-treatment and torture are a reality" in Moroccan prisons.

They are "common practice" against Western Sahara's prisoners, she added.SPS