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Morocco and W. Sahara Human Rights

Journalists and protesters calling for social justice and political rights continue to be imprisoned, often following unfair trials. Judicial authorities do not adequately investigate reports of torture in detention. Impunity persists for past human rights violations. Migrants continue to face excessive force and detention. Courts impose death sentences; however, there have been no executions since 1993.

For the past several years up to this year, significant and sustained social justice protests have been taking place in Morocco’s northern Rif region. In January 2017, Morocco rejoined the African Union. In February 2017, Morocco submitted a request to join ECOWAS. In March 2017, King Mohammed VI appointed Saad-Eddine El Othmani as head of government following a government reshuffle. In September 2017, the UN Human Rights Council adopted recommendations following a review of Morocco’s human rights record under the UN UPR process (mid-term reporting will be in November 2019).

In November 2018, the UN Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another six months without human rights monitoring.

Morocco/Western Sahara News



November 30, 2018 • Press Release

Amnesty and Sofar Sounds partner for Write for Rights concert and letter writing event

On Saturday, December 8, human rights organization Amnesty International USA in partnership with live music events startup Sofar Sounds will host a powerful evening of collective action along with an intimate concert experience in New York City. The event, Write for Rights, is aimed at securing justice for women human rights defenders under threat and …

November 28, 2018 • Press Release

Amnesty International launches world’s biggest human rights campaign

Women human rights defenders around the world are facing unprecedented levels of abuse, intimidation and violence, said Amnesty International as it launched its global Write for Rights campaign, in a bid to shine a spotlight on brave women who have been harassed, jailed, tortured or even killed for their human rights work. Women continue to …

June 28, 2016 • Press Release

Journalists risk imprisonment for running smartphone app training in Morocco

Tomorrow’s trial of seven journalists and activists in Morocco for training citizen journalists could set a dangerous precedent for restricting freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.

March 10, 2016 • Press Release

Ai Weiwei, Snowden, Pussy Riot take place of online ads to protest censorship

Messages from Edward Snowden, Ai Weiwei and Pussy Riot will be broadcast across the internet by AdBlock and Amnesty International on the World Day against Cyber Censorship, 12 March 2016.

February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 18, 2016 • Press Release

Your rights in jeopardy, global assault on freedoms, warns Amnesty International

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

January 26, 2016 • Press Release

Morocco ramps up crackdown on press freedom with trial over citizen journalism

Tomorrow’s trial of seven Moroccan journalists and activists on charges including “undermining state security” and “failing to report foreign funding,” is part of a calculated crackdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.

May 19, 2015 • Press Release

Morocco: Endemic torture used to incriminate suspects, gag dissent

Beatings, stress positions, asphyxiation, simulated drowning, psychological and sexual violence are among an array of torture techniques used by Moroccan security forces to extract “confessions” to crimes or silence activists and crush dissent, according to a new Amnesty International report published today.

May 18, 2015 • Report

Shadow of Impunity: Torture in Morocco and Western Sahara

Beatings, stress positions, asphyxiation, simulated drowning, psychological and sexual violence are among an array of torture techniques used by Moroccan security forces to extract “confessions” to crimes or silence activists and crush dissent, according to a new Amnesty International report published today.