Sidi Abdallah B'hah was born in El Aaiun in 1975 - the year of the so-called Green March, when Morocco invaded its southern neighbour Western Sahara. Sidi still lives in El Aaiun, but his Spanish residence permit allows him to work in Spain as a seasonal worker.
On 19 November 2010, Sidi was arrested in the Linaach neighbourhood in El Aaiun. He says he was kept blindfolded, hand-cuffed and nakes throughout interrogations in the police station, had urine poured on him and has been deprived of sleep as he was forced to stand up against a wall without moving.
Sidi Abdallah B'hah was sentenced to life in prison on July 19th in 2017; found guilty of the forming of a criminal organization and murder of public officials, with the intent to kill. Sidi declared that he was not present in the camp during the violent dismantlement of the peaceful protest camp. Sidi urges that the only reason for his imprisonment is his political opinions, and that the police records are falsified against him, and signed under torture. The sole piece of evidence proving that Sidi even was in the Gdeim Izik camp on the 8th of November is the police records.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
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