The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, said Thursday that she was concerned about the state of health of Sahrawi detainee Yahya Mohamed Elhafed Iaaza, who has been on hunger strike for over a month.
“I have heard disturbing news about Western Sahara human rights defender Yahya Mohamed El hafed Iaaza, who has been on hunger strike since 3 July”, wrote Ms Lawlor in a tweet.
“I have been told that he is in poor health and is being held more than 600 km away from his family,” the UN official added.
Yahya Mohamed El-Hafed was transferred by the Moroccan occupation authorities on 3 July from Bouzairkarn prison to a still unknown location, his family is extremely concerned about his health and believes that he was transferred to another remote prison in retaliation.
The Sahrawi human rights defender has been held in solitary confinement for more than 15 weeks and his health has rapidly deteriorated due to the inhumane conditions in which he is held.
In early July, Ms Lawlor said that the Moroccan regime must stop targeting human rights defenders and journalists defending human rights issues in occupied Western Sahara, and allow them to work without reprisals.