Friday, June 13, 2008

Sahrawi human rights worker released for no given reason

Asfari being led away by police

Ennaâma Asfari, founder of the Sahrawi human rights organization CORELSO and until recently a political prisoner, was released from jail this morning only three days before his trial. There's no official reason for his release, but attention from Amnesty didn't hurt. I did a bad job covering Asfari's case, but ASVDH has a lot of information about it.

Asfari's far from done with the Moroccan "justice" system, of course--rare is the politically active Sahrawi who can stay away from it for long. He might have to go back to jail anyway to get his belongings, which weren't returned to him when he was released. Getting out of jail and not getting mugged by police? These Sahrawis keep getting more demanding.

Flickr photo from Saharauiak used under a Creative Commons license


  1. Anonymous11:56 PM

    Congratualtions to Naama Asfari. He's so brave and a good human being.

    He could have easily chosen to live in France in a comfortable way with his Frnech wife but no he wanted to contribute to his people and country. He tried to raise awareness about the dire human rights situation but Moroccan thuggs and torturer prevented him.

    He spent time in jail for no reason and his belongings were stolen by his jailers and torturers. What more can they do to Naama to silence him?

    Can't the Moroccan brutal regime learn from history that brutal force, intimidation and toruture do not work.

    God bless Naama and his comrades in the Moroccan dungeons and jails particularly the notorious Black prison in El Ayoun.

  2. Good point, Anonymous. Unlike many Sahrawis, Asfari's French citizenship allows him to escape the occupation. Instead he endures abuse from Morocco to help other Sahrawis, and for that he deserves to be commended.

  3. Meriem3:05 PM

    .... released for no given reason???

    Naama was arrested on April 13.
    He was condemned to 2 month of jail.
    He was released on June 13.
    That means he was 2 month in prison.
    Whats the problem ?
    But he was in jail for false accusations. Thats the real problem.

  4. Right, the real problem is that the charges seem to be fake. But ASVDH make it pretty clear they didn't know why he released.