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 Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything.
 —Peter, Dominica,…

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can respond to the popular demands of the region’s youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens’ rights and liberties,…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.

Could Face Three Years in Prison

(Rabat, November 25, 2016) – Authorities in Marrakesh, Morocco should drop charges against two teenage girls suspected of same-sex conduct, Human Rights Watch and the Aswat Group for Sexual Minorities, a Moroccan group, said today. The two girls, ages 16…
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Attackers Who Filmed Home Invasion Also Charged

(Tunis) – A Moroccan court has convicted one man and is trying a second for homosexual acts, after a group of youths attacked and brutalized them on the night of March 9, 2016. The youths broke into the home of one of the men in the city of Beni Mellal,…

Justice Minister Implies Victim Shares Blame

(Rabat) – Moroccan officials should stop making homophobic comments in the wake of a mob attack on a man in Fez on June 29, 2015. Click to expand Image…
Moroccan Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid unveils a government plan to reform the country's justice system during a news conference in Rabat, Morocco on September 12, 2013.

Prosecuted Despite Constitutional Right to Private Life

(Rabat) – Two men accused of consensual homosexual activity are serving prison terms after a trial that seems to have been unfair, Human Rights Watch and the Aswat Group for Sexual Minorities, a Moroccan group, said today. The First Instance Court in the…

Appeals Court Applies Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Activities

(Rabat) – A Moroccan appeals court on July 2, 2014, upheld the convictions of men accused of homosexual acts. At least four of the six defendants in the case in central Morocco were convicted on charges that included “lewd or unnatural acts with an…

Government Should Prosecute Violence, Prohibit Discrimination

(New York) - The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist, on March 10, 2009, shows a continuing climate of violence based on gender identity that authorities should urgently take steps to combat, Human Rights Watch said today…

Petition Calls for Repeal of Repressive Law

The Moroccan government should protect the rights to privacy and a fair trial, Human Rights Watch and the Moroccan Human Rights Association said today. Human Rights Watch and the Moroccan Human Rights Association called on the government to repeal a law…

Human Rights Watch to Launch Petition for Fair Trials and Privacy

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch ask for your help. You can send a message to Moroccan authorities to respect all human rights for all, by signing the petition below. Six men are imprisoned in Morocco under a law…

Convictions Violate Right to Privacy

The criminal verdicts in Morocco against six men sentenced to prison for homosexual conduct should be set aside and the men released, Human Rights Watch said today. The court of first instance in Ksar el-Kbir, a small city about 120 kilometers south of…