On 8 February 2015, human rights defender Mr Abdelkhalik Elmarkhi resumed his hunger strike, which he had suspended on 28 January 2015 after a public official from the prosecution office reportedly promised that his demands would be considered. He is currently held in the prison's medical unit.
Abdelkhalik Elmarkhi is a member of the Sahrawi Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, and a member of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) in Guelmim. The Sahrawi Committee for the Defence of Human Rights documents human rights violations in Western Sahara. The AMDH promotes and raises awareness of human rights and reports on violations of the rights of Sahrawis in Morocco.
Abdelkhalik Elmarkhi originally began his hunger strike on 15 January 2015 to demand a fair trial and to protest the conditions of his detention, including ill-treatment and restrictions imposed on his communications with his family. His health was reported as being in serious conditions, and he had lost seven kilograms during the initial hunger strike.