Morocco: Continued detention of three brothers who "disappeared" in 1973 (STOP PRESS: released 30 December 1991)

Report
December 22, 1991

Morocco: Continued detention of three brothers who "disappeared" in 1973 (STOP PRESS: released 30 December 1991)


It is not known where the Bourequat brothers were moved to after the reported demolition of the detention centre and they remain "disappeared". Amnesty International is gravely concerned about their state of health, having received reports that two of them are extremely ill and knowing that they are known to have been detained in life-threatening conditions, where so many other detainees have died.

Amnesty International has welcomed the positive steps recently taken by the Moroccan Government, namely the release in June 1991 of over 300 people of Western Sahara origins who had been "disappeared" for up to 15 years, and the release in August and September of 41 political prisoners, including some who had been detained for over 17 years and others who had been on hunger strike and were force-fed since 1985. Amnesty International also welcomed the news that the detention centre of Tazmamert had been demolished and that the surviving detainees formerly held there were being released. However, the organization remains gravely concerned about the fate of the Bourequat brothers who have been detained during the past 18 years completely cut off from the outside world, and who continue to be "disappeared" since 1973. The organization calls on the Moroccan Government to end the silence surrounding the case of the Bourequat brothers and to release them immediately and unconditionally.
 

KEYWORDS: DISAPPEARANCES1 / PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE / FAMILIES / FOREIGN NATIONALS / ILL-HEALTH / PRISON CONDITIONS / DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL / INCOMMUNICADO DETENTION / LONG-TERM IMPRISONMENT / WOMEN / RESTRICTION ON MOVEMENT /




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