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Governments Should Halt Trade in Surveillance Technology

(New York) – Recent reports that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware has been used for surveillance of dozens of journalists, human rights activists, and others demonstrate the urgent need for governments to suspend the trade in surveillance technology until…
People march in Budapest, Hungary during a July 26, 2021 protest against the Hungarian government over reports that it has used Pegasus spyware.
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Human Rights Watch Introduces Country Index Based on Laws, Policies

(Beirut) – Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should outlaw the violent discipline of children, Human Rights Watch said today, introducing an index categorizing countries in the region based on their laws and policies. The MENA…
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Al-Hasani at Risk of Unfair Trial After Wrongful Deportation From Morocco

(Beirut) – Saudi officials should immediately make public the whereabouts and condition of a Saudi-Australian man forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia in March 2021, Human Rights Watch said today. No information has emerged about the situation of Osama al…
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Intensive Surveillance, Restriction of Visitors for More Than 3 Months

    (Washington) – Moroccan security forces have maintained a near-constant heavy presence outside the house of an activist for Western Sahara independence for more than three months, Human Rights Watch said today. They have provided…
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US Recognition of Moroccan Sovereignty Doesn’t Change Territory’s Status

(New York) – Morocco has cracked down on pro-independence activists in Western Sahara after an incident at a border crossing on November 13, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The incident re-ignited the long-stalled conflict between Morocco and the…
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19 Have Been Imprisoned for 10 Years; Trial Fairness under Scrutiny

(Tunis) – Morocco’s highest court is examining the case of 19 Sahrawi men imprisoned since 2010 after violent clashes with the police, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. A verdict is expected on November 25th. The men are serving…
Relatives of Sahrawi prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group outside a tribunal in Salé, Morocco, in December 2016.
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Criminalization Fuels Harassment; Protect LGBT People from Discrimination, Abuse

  (Beirut) – A campaign of online harassment in Morocco has trampled the privacy of presumed gay and bisexual men, possibly subjecting them to physical harm, prosecution, and discriminatory measures, Human Rights Watch…
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Free Everyone Imprisoned Over Peaceful Comments

(New York/Rabat) – Moroccan authorities have since September 2019 arrested and prosecuted at least 10 activists, artists, or other citizens who did nothing but peacefully express critical opinions via Facebook posts, YouTube videos, or rap songs, Human…
Human rights activists shout slogans as they protest against a "campaign of repression" targeting posters on social networks and in support of freedom of expression, in the Moroccan capital Rabat on January 9, 2020.
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Sentenced to Life in 2009 Unjust Mass Trial

  (Tunis) – A man sentenced to life in prison in one of Morocco’s best-known trials for supposedly plotting terrorism, has apparently been held in abusive solitary detention for more than three years, Human Rights…
Abdelqader Belliraj, arriving at a courthouse in Salé, Morocco, in 2008.
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Faces Up to a Year in Prison at January 2 Trial

(Tunis, December 28, 2019) – Moroccan authorities should unconditionally release and drop charges against a journalist jailed for a 9 months-old tweet criticizing a judge, Human Rights Watch said today. Omar Radi, 33, is due to be tried…
Journalist Omar Radi in Casablanca, Morocco, 2018. © Fanny Hedenmo
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Repeal Laws that Compromise Privacy, Freedom of Conscience

(Tunis) - The Moroccan parliament should adopt the groundbreaking proposals made by a government-appointed body to enshrine individual freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today. In a memorandum published on October 28, 2019, the National Human…
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Failing Diplomatic Talks Show Need for a Different Path

(Geneva) – Almost three in every four people responding to a new poll in 10 European countries want their governments to work for an international treaty prohibiting lethal autonomous weapons systems, Human Rights Watch said today. At…
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Mobile Unit Helps Keep People Out of the Hospital

(Brussels) – A mobile team in Brussels, Belgium that supports people with psychosocial disabilities, or mental health conditions, in their own homes offers an innovative rights-based alternative to residential psychiatric care, Human…
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Jailed Journalist Accused of Non-Marital Sex, Abortion

  (Tunis, September 9, 2019) – The Moroccan authorities’ prosecution and jailing of a journalist on charges of having an abortion and sex outside of marriage flagrantly violate her rights to privacy, liberty, and…
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Critics of Polisario Front Investigated for ‘Treason’

(Tunis, July 16, 2019) – The government-in-exile that administers the camps in Algeria for refugees from Western Sahara is detaining three critics while an investigating judge explores treason and other charges against them, Human…
Polisario soldiers under the SADR flag in Bir Lahlou, Western Sahara, in 2016.
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Woman Who Filmed Police Faces 2 Years in Prison

  (New York) – Moroccan authorities are using a law designed to keep people from falsely claiming professional credentials to bring criminal charges against people trying to expose abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.…
A citizen documenting a street protest with a smartphone in Morocco.
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Denied Contact With Inmates, Guards, for More Than a Year

  (New York) – Moroccan prison authorities have held an imprisoned journalist in a form of abusive solitary confinement for more than a year, Human Rights Watch said today. A first instance court sentenced Taoufik…
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(New York) – Casablanca’s appeals court, on April 6, 2019, confirmed the heavy sentences against more than 40 protesters and activists despite allegations of torture, Human Rights Watch said today. The defendants include Nasser Zefzafi…
Moroccans take part in a demonstration against what they perceive as the marginalization of the Rif region, in the town of Al-Hoceima, Morocco early June 3, 2017.
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Sentenced for ’Disobedience’ Over Call to Protest

(Beirut) – Moroccan authorities should free an entrepreneur who was sentenced to two years in prison in violation of his right to free speech and review his conviction given its abusive nature, Human Rights Watch said today. An appeal of Soufian al-Nguad’…
Soufian al-Nguad, from his Facebook account.
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Targeted for Hosting Free-Wheeling Talk Show

(Tunis) – Moroccan authorities should immediately abandon attempts to dissolve the cultural group Racines, over critical comments made by guests on an online talk show it hosted, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today…
Screenshot from an episode of the online show “1 Dîner 2 Cons”, recorded in Casablanca, Morocco.