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Respond to Youth Demands, Gain Respect in the World

(Beirut) – Middle East and North Africa (MENA) governments can respond to the popular demands of the region’s youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens’ rights and liberties,…
Demonstration outside Parliament on December 6, 2016, with women in white dresses and wrapped in bandages, calling for the repeal of article 522 of the penal code.
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Transfer Sexual Minorities from Ceuta to Mainland

(Milan) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) asylum seekers in Spain’s North African enclave, Ceuta, are exposed to harassment and abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. Spanish authorities should transfer them to mainland Spain without…
Double-layer fence around Spain’s north Africa enclave Ceuta, January 2017.
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Map Summary We know … that we are clandestine migrants, illegal …
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The Moroccan police arrested Taki Machdoufi in El-Ayoun, Western Sahara, in 2010, and interrogated him over five days about fatal clashes that had just taken place between Sahrawi protesters and the police. Each time the Sahrawi activist denied any role…
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No Fair Trials Until Courts Reject Statements Obtained by Torture, Abuse

(Rabat) –Morocco’s courts are convicting defendants based on confessions they claim were obtained through torture or falsified by police, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The country’s judicial reform agenda needs to include stronger…
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Polisario Front Should Allow Man It Detained Free Contact With Family

(New York) - The Polisario Front, the Western Sahara independence movement, should allow a man it detained in September immediate access to his family, Human Rights Watch said today. The group detained Mostapha Selma Sidi Mouloud on September 21, 2010,…
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Secret and Illegal Detention, Ill-Treatment in Custody

(Rabat) - Suspects arrested under Morocco's counterterrorism law routinely face serious human rights violations that compromise their right to a fair trial, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 56-page report, "‘Stop Looking for Your…
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 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…
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Seven Facing Charges in Military Court After Visiting Tindouf Refugee Camps

(New York) - Moroccan authorities should release three well-known Sahrawi activists held since October 8, 2009, on charges of "harming state security," or provide them with a prompt and transparent trial, Human Rights Watch said today. If Morocco insists…
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Naâma Asfari Convicted for ‘Showing Contempt' Toward Police

(Washington, DC) - The conviction and imprisonment of the Western Sahara human rights defender Naâma Asfari on August 27, 2009, for "showing contempt toward a public agent" shows that Morocco continues to punish peaceful activists who show their support…
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Returns at Any Cost Spain's Push to Repatriate Unaccompanied Children in the Absence of Safeguards Introduction Spain's Push for Repatriations Bilateral Readmission Agreements Lack Safeguards and Transparency Spanish Funded Care Centers…
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Halt Repatriations and Provide Lawyers and Other Safeguards

(Brussels) - Spain's accelerating effort to send back unaccompanied children who enter the country illegally might subject them to danger, ill-treatment and detention, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government needs to halt…
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Employers Should Reflect on Responsibilities to Respect Rights of Domestic Workers

(New York) – At the beginning of Ramadan, a month of reflection and fasting, employers of domestic workers in the Middle East and North Africa should take special care to consider the rights of domestic workers, who work extra hours to aid with the month-…
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Ombudsman Confirms Human Rights Watch Abuse Findings

(Brussels, June 9, 2008) - An investigation by the Spanish Ombudsman has revealed serious shortcomings in two Canary Islands emergency care centers housing up to 200 unaccompanied migrant children, Human Rights Watch said today. The Spanish Ombudsman’s…
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Navy Sailors Accused of Deliberately Sinking Boat

The Moroccan government should immediately investigate allegations that its naval forces sank a boat in the Mediterranean in which at least 28 migrants drowned, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 28, 2008, a Moroccan naval patrol intercepted a nine-…
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Unwelcome Responsibilities Spain's Failure to Protect the Rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in the Canary Islands Map of the Canary Islands Location of the Canary Islands I. Summary Key Recommendations II. Methodology and Scope 1. Methodological…
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Close Canary Islands Emergency Centers and Provide Adequate Care

(Madrid) – Hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children from Africa held in government facilities in the Canary Islands are at risk of violence and ill-treatment, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In the past year, more than 900…
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Three Groups File Lawsuit Seeking Information about ‘Ghost’ Detention

(New York) – In the most comprehensive accounting to date, six leading human rights organizations today published the names and details of 39 people who are believed to have been held in secret US custody and whose current whereabouts remain unknown. The…
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The Spanish government must ensure that its new agreement on the repatriation of unaccompanied children to Morocco fully complies with Spain’s international human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Spanish Prime Minister José Luis…