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Morocco/Western Sahara
18.09.02
Urgent Interventions

Morrocan life sentenced Belkacem Hakimi's urgent need for release and treatment

Case MAR 180902
Medical treatment

The International Secreteriat of the OMCT requests your URGENT intervention in the following case in Morocco.

Brief description of the situation :

The International Secretariat of the OMCT was informed by a reliable source of the very worrying situation of Mr Belkacem Hakimi.

Mr Hakimi, who’s death sentence (september 1985) was commuted ten years later to prison for life is currently in detention at the Oukacha jail in Casablanca.

Mr Hakimi suffers from a serious rheumatic disease called ankylosing spondylitis, which attacks the spine. For over a year now he could not ambulate but in a wheel-chair or with the help of fellow-detainees. Lately he started suffering from a loss of sensation in the right side of his body.

Since he started an unlimited hunger strike on 21 August, claiming for medical tests, Mr Hakimi finally got examined and underwent a RMI on 6 September. According to the results of the tests, Mr Hakimi should receive a very heavy treatment which seemingly cannot be given in jail.

In addition to that, Mr Hakimi received on 16 January 2002 a letter from His Majesty the King Mohamed VI writing that he was hoping he could be released soon.

The International Secretariat expresses its serious concern for Mr Belkacem Hakimi’s health and asks for his liberation in order for him to receive the required medical treatment.

Actions required

We request you kindly to write to the authorities of the Kingdom of Morocco asking them to:

i. guarantee Mr Belkacem Hakimi’s physical and psychological integrity;
ii. order his release for humanitarian reasons, to let him receive the health care he needs;
iii. make sure he has unhindered access to the required treatment;
iv. guarantee the respect for human rights and fundamental liberties throughout the country in conformity with the national legislations and the international norms on human rights.

Adresses

· Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI, Palais Royal, Rabat, Maroc, Fax : 212 37 73 07 72

· M. Abderrahmane El Youssoufi, Premier Ministre, Bureau du Premier Ministre et Ministre de Affaires Etrangères, Et de la Coopération, Palais Royal, Rabat, Maroc, Fax : 212 37 76 91 95, 212 37 76 77 68

· M. Ahmed El Midaoui, Ministre de l’Intérieur, Quartier Administratif, Rabat, Maroc, Fax : 212 37 76 20 64

· M. Omar Azziman, Ministre de la Justice, Palais de la Mamounia, Rabat, Maroc, Fax : 212 37 73 07 72, 212 37 73 89 40, 212 37 73 27 10

· M. Mohamed Aujjar, Ministre des Droits de l’homme, Fax : 212 37 67.19.67

Please write to the diplomatic representations of Morocco in your respective countries.

Geneva, September 18th 2002

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this appeal in your reply.
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