October 25, 2010

 Morocco: “Stop Looking for Your Son”

Illegal Detentions under the Counterterrorism Law

Summary
Recommendations to the Government of Morocco
Introduction
Methodology
Preventing Torture and Ill-Treatment:  Morocco’s Legal Obligations and Verbal Commitments
Arrests and Detentions in Disregard for the Law..
Secret Detention, Allegedly by Domestic Intelligence
The Cases of Seven Men Detained in March and April 2010
Other Cases Involving Allegations of Illegal Arrest and Detention
The Belliraj Affair
The Denkir Group
Rida Benotmane: Secret Detention and Four Years in Prison for Online Commentaries
Continuing Abuses and the Failure to Implement Recommendations of Morocco’s Equity and Reconciliation Commission
Acknowledgments
Appendix 1: Letter from Human Rights Watch to Minister of Justice Naciri requesting information for this report
Appendix 2: Moroccan authorities’ response to a request by Human Rights Watch for clarification of the status of the DGST
Appendix 3A: Letter from Ministry of Justice in response to inquiry concerning the alleged abduction of Abdelkrim Hakkou (French original)
Appendix 3B: Letter from Ministry of Justice in response to inquiry concerning the alleged abduction of Abdelkrim Hakou (English translation)
Appendix 4: Response of the Government of Morocco to Human Rights Watch Letter sent September 13, 2010