Asfari Case

In February 2014, French human rights organisation ACAT (Action des chrétiens pour l'abolition de la torture), filed a complaint with French authorities on behalf of Mr Naâma Asfari, a Sahraoui human rights defender and his wife, Mrs Claude Mangin, a French citizen.

 

In November 2010, Moroccan police arrested Mr Asfari in the context of dismantling the protest camp ‘Gdeim Izik’ in Laayoune, Morocco. He was placed in detention where he was allegedly tortured. He was accused of inciting others to harm and to kill police officers and supplying relevant logistical and material resources. On 17 February 2013, a military court sentenced Mr Asfari to 30 years imprisonment on the basis of Mr Asfari’s confession, which he had signed under duress. He is currently detained in Sale prison in Morocco.

 

The complaint filed by ACAT is based on the French citizenship of Claude Mangin who has endured and is still enduring severe suffering because of the alleged torture inflicted upon her husband, the 30 years sentence and his continuous detention. At the request of the prosecutor, the investigative judge decided to close the file on 20 March 2015 and to discontinue the investigation. According to the investigative judge, Mrs Mangin  cannot be considered a direct victim herself. ACAT appealed this decision before the “chambre de l’instruction” (investigation chamber).

 

REDRESS provided a legal opinion on the definition of victim and the status of direct and indirect victims of torture and their right to redress, including their right to an investigation.

 

Read our opinion here.


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