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Joint Call to Moroccan Authorities

As the trial of award-winning journalist and human rights activist Omar Radi is set to begin in Morocco on April 6, 2021, the undersigned organizations call on Moroccan authorities to grant him provisional release and guarantee fair trial proceedings…
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35th Ordinary Session

Human Rights Watch respectfully submits this written presentation to contribute testimony from children to the discussion on the impact of Covid-19 on children at the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of…
Schoolchildren attend class at a school in Norton, west of the capital Harare, Zimbabwe, September 10, 2019.
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Delivered by Mary Wareham, Human Rights Watch, on behalf of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

I am speaking on behalf of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the international coalition of 87 non-governmental organizations in 49 countries formed six years ago to preemptively ban fully autonomous weapons, known here as lethal autonomous weapons…
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Item 6 UPR adoption

Human Rights Watch welcomes the UPR report on Morocco, which includes recommendations concerning joining the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court; abolition of capital punishment; and equality among citizens. During Morocco’s review…
Moroccan police fires water cannon at protesters demonstrating in the Rif region town of Imzouren, Morocco, June 2, 2017.
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Introduction This memorandum highlights some areas of concern that Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the Committee’s consideration of the Moroccan government’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)…
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Held by Her Family in Sahrawi Refugee Camp in Algeria

(Tunis) – A year has passed since a woman on a week-long visit to her family in a Sahrawi refugee camp in Algeria was reportedly prevented from returning to Spain, Human Rights Watch said today. The family of Maloma Morales de Matos (or…
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Human Rights Watch is eager to resume on-the-ground human rights monitoring in Morocco. It will in any event continue to monitor and report objectively on human rights developments in that country. In September, Moroccan authorities wrote a…
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(Tunis) – Human Rights Watch issued the following statement on October 2, 2015, in response to a demand from the Moroccan government to suspend Human Rights Watch activities in the country: Human Rights Watch is disappointed with the demand…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Morocco continues to present a mixed picture on human rights. It has made great strides in addressing past abuses, allowed considerable space for public dissent and protest, and reduced gender inequality in the family code. But authorities, aided by…
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Briefing to the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

In its annual resolution on torture, the Commission on Human Rights should reaffirm the absolute obligation of states not to return (“refouler”) a person to a country where he or she is at risk of being subjected to torture or other cruel or inhuman…