Human rights conditions were decidedly mixed in Morocco, as a 2011 constitution containing strong human rights provisions did not translate into improved practices. While Moroccans were able to exercise their right to protest in the streets, the police often dispersed them violently. Protest leaders and dissidents risked imprisonment after unfair trials. The country acquired its first Islamist prime minister. In July, the justice minister, Moustapha Ramid, a well-known human rights lawyer, declared that Morocco’s 65,000 prisoners included no “prisoners of opinion,” a statement contradicted by the incarceration of rapper al-Haqed and student Abdessamad Haydour for their peaceful speech.