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02 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

En 2015, le bilan du Maroc en matière de droits humains a été marqué par un recul dans plusieurs domaines, et des progrès dans quelques autres domaines. Les restrictions imposées aux groupes nationaux et internationaux de défense des droits humains ont été renforcées ; au moins deux Marocains ont passé l'année en prison pour dénonciation « calomnieuse » de la torture, et nombreux sont ceux qui ont continué à purger de longues peines après des procès inéquitables pour des délits de nature politique.

01 Feb 2016 description
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Morocco regressed on human rights in several areas in 2015, and advanced in few. Restrictions tightened on human rights groups, both domestic and international; at least two Moroccans spent the year in prison for “falsely” denouncing torture, and many continued serving long prison terms after unfair trials for politically motivated offenses. Authorities often tolerated protest demonstrations, but in Western Sahara systematically prevented gatherings supporting self-determination for the contested territory.

06 Nov 2015 description
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Appel lancé conjointement par des organisations de défense des droits humains à l'occasion de l'anniversaire des affrontements

(Paris) – Les autorités marocaines doivent libérer les 21 prisonniers qui purgent de longues peines de réclusion liées aux mouvements de protestation de 2010 au Sahara occidental qui ont entraîné des morts ou leur accorder un procès équitable devant un tribunal civil, et enquêter sur toutes les allégations de torture, ont déclaré aujourd’hui quatre organisations de défense des droits humains.

05 Nov 2015 description
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Joint Call by Rights Groups on Anniversary of Clashes

(Paris, November 5, 2015) – Moroccan authorities should free all 21 prisoners serving long terms stemming from the 2010 Western Sahara protests that turned deadly, or grant them a fair trial before a civilian court, and investigate all torture allegations, four human rights organizations said today.

10 Feb 2014 description

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Since the onset of the Arab Spring, Morocco has experienced protests about a diverse range of economic, political, and social issues. King Mohammed VI responded rapidly to the early protests, implementing a new constitution in 2011. However much of the literature suggests that, to date, these reforms have had a limited impact. Moreover, there have been rising levels of unrest in Western Sahara, which is increasingly being seen as a potential threat to regional security.

16 Oct 2012 description

The intra-state conflict between Morocco and Western Sahara has been unaffected by the Arab Spring and remains neglected by the wider international community. This situation, argues Carne Ross, has allowed the humanitarian situation and prospects for peace in Western Sahara to continue drifting aimlessly.

By Carne Ross for Middle East Institute (MEI)

09 Apr 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

Trial Delays, Limited Evidence Raise Concerns of Politically Motivated Prosecution

(New York, April 9, 2011) – Three Western Sahara activists have been in pretrial detention for 18 months, with numerous delays in their trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Their trial on charges of “harming [Morocco’s] internal security” has proceeded in fits and starts, with limited evidence produced against them. Four co-defendants are provisionally free.

08 Apr 2011 description

Morocco is a monarchy with a constitution, an elected parliament, and a population of approximately 34 million. According to the constitution, ultimate authority rests with King Mohammed VI, who presides over the Council of Ministers and appoints or approves members of the government. The king may dismiss ministers, dissolve parliament, call for new elections, and rule by decree. In the bicameral legislature, the lower house may dissolve the government through a vote of no confidence.

02 Dec 2010 description

Le démantèlement du camp de protestation Gdaim Izik par les forces marocaines, le 8 novembre dernier, a constitué "un point de non retour, tout doit changer maintenant", a déclaré le représentant du Front Polisario Ould Salek, devant le Parlement européen, qui a également entendu le ministre marocain des Affaires étrangères, Taïb Fassi-Fihri.

05 Jan 2010 description

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CONSEIL DES DROITS DE L'HOMME

Treizième session

Point 3 de l'ordre du jour

PROMOTION ET PROTECTION DE TOUS LES DROITS DE L'HOMME, CIVILS, POLITIQUES, éCONOMIQUES, SOCIAUX ET CULTURELS, Y COMPRIS LE DROIT AU DéVELOPPEMENT

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=C0 l'invitation du Royaume du Maroc, le Groupe de travail sur les disparitions forcées ou involontaires y a effectué une visite du 22 au 25 juin 2009. Le Groupe de travail était représenté par son président Santiago Corcuera, et par deux de ses membres, Olivier de Frouville et Jeremy Sarkin.

15 Nov 2009 description

Rabat - Morocco fully rejects the allegations made by certain foreign media outlets and NGOs, which rushed to truth distortion by reporting on the so called "arrest", "pressure", or "coercion" that Aminatou Haidar would have underwent to "in violation of the international law," Moroccan Foreign minister, Taib Fassi Fihri said on Saturday.

"Having refused to comply with normal airport formalities, Aminatou Haidar was held, without any prejudice to her moral of physical integrity, in the international zone of Hassan 1st airport in …

14 Nov 2009 description
report AllAfrica

Tami Hultman

Dar es Salaam - In the wake of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's meeting with Moroccan King Mohammed VI last week, a prominent human rights activist was detained on her arrival in Western Sahara, which Morocco controls.

Aminatou Haidar was held overnight Friday and deported to Spain's Canary Islands, after stating on Moroccan entry forms that Western Sahara was her country of residency.