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(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can respond to the popular demands of the region’s youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens’ rights and liberties,…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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UPDATE:
 
 On September 11, 2017, the Al-Hoceima Appeals Court increased the three-month prison sentence handed down by the Al-Hoceima First Instance Court against Mahdaoui on July 25, 2017, to one year.
 
 (Tunis) – A Moroccan court on…
Screenshot from a video of Hamid Mahdaoui, a Moroccan journalist and director of the news website badil.info, speaking on his Youtube channel.
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 Since Mohammed VI became king in 1999, tens of Moroccans have been imprisoned solely for their nonviolent speech, under both the press code and the penal code. They include journalists convicted of defaming persons,…
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(Washington, DC) – President Barack Obama should tell King Mohammed VI of Morocco that US support for the reform process in Morocco depends on moving beyond rhetoric and making tangible change, Human Rights Watch said today. The reforms should include…
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(Rabat) – Moroccan authorities arrested a prominent journalist on September 17, 2013, after he posted an article on the website he directs about a jihadist video. The Moroccan authorities should free the journalist, Ali Anouzla, unless they produce…
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(Rabat) – Morocco’s authorities should free a student convicted of offending the dignity of the king, Human Rights Watch said today. Two years after adopting a constitution that enshrines freedom of expression, Morocco should abolish the repressive laws…
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(Rabat) – Moroccan authorities should restore the accreditation of Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist Omar Brouksy and stop retaliating against foreign media for what they report. On October 4, 2012, authorities withdrew Brouksy’s accreditation, citing…
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(Washington, DC) – US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton should urge Morocco’s new chief of government Abdelilah Benkirane to lead the process of revising laws that impose prison terms for peaceful expression, Human Rights Watch said today. Clinton…
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(Rabat) – Morocco should stop banning publications on the grounds that they “harm Islam,” Human Rights Watch said, in a letter today to Communication Minister Mustapha Khalfi. Khalfi said on February 3, 2012, that he had banned the February 2 issue of…
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Mustapha Khalfi
 
 Minister of Communication
 
 Rabat, Morocco
 
  
 
 Dear Mr. Khalfi:
 
  
 
 Human Rights Watch wishes to convey its congratulations on your appointment as minister of communications.…
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(Rabat) – Moroccan authorities should void the conviction of a journalist who is serving a one-year term for “gravely offending” public officials and disparaging the courts, Human Rights Watch said today. Rachid Nini’s incarceration belies the commitment…
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Honduran authorities should take concrete steps to end impunity for abuses committed after the country's 2009 coup, and to curb ongoing attacks against journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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(Washington DC) - Six months after President Porfirio Lobo took office, Honduras has made little progress toward addressing the serious human rights abuses since the 2009 coup, Human Rights Watch said today. Threats and attacks against journalists and the…
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(New York) - The Moroccan authorities should stop the apparently politically motivated harassment of two outspoken journalists, Ali Amar and Zineb El Rhazoui, Human Rights Watch said today. The police broke down the door of El Rhazoui's apartment at 5:45…