Further information on UA:152/11 Index: MDE 29/006/2011 Morocco Date: 31 May 2011
VIOLENT CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTS IN MOROCCO
In the last week, scores of protesters in Morocco have been physically assaulted by security
forces. Nabil Talha, a student who was beaten and arrested on 22 May 2011, has been
conditionally released. Another 21 protesters are still detained in Tangiers and face criminal
Following protests on 22 May 2011, at least 21 protesters are believed to still be detained at the judicial police
station in Tangiers. Nabil Talha, a 21-year-old student, arrested by security forces at Hassan II University hospital
while he was being treated for injuries he sustained, was released on bail on 24 May 2011. All of them are facing
criminal charges including participating in unauthorized assembly and using violence against public servants.
On 25 May 2011, about 8,000 doctors gathered in a sit-in in Rabat in front of the Ministry of Health and wanted to
march to the parliament. The security forces reportedly physically assaulted them with truncheons and kicked them.
At least 40 sustained different injuries. A 43-year-old doctor underwent surgery for a broken pelvis.
On 28 and 29 May 2011, protests continued in several cities in Morocco, including Kenitra, Safi, Fes, Tangiers,
Casablanca and Salé, to demand political and social reform and an end to corruption. Those taking part included
political activists, members of human rights organizations and members of the "20 February Movement", which calls
for reform in Morocco, inspired by similar movements for change in the region. The protests were mainly peaceful.
However, Amnesty International has received numerous testimonies about scores of protesters who were physically
assaulted by security forces wearing uniforms as well as civilian clothes. They were beaten with truncheons and
sticks and kicked. Several victims, including women and children, sustained head and facial injuries.
In Safi, 10 men were reportedly arrested by the security forces, taken to cars, physically assaulted and taken to
remote areas where they were abandoned. Many of them returned back home on foot with serious injuries.
Amnesty International received reports that the security forces have been visiting families of activists from the "20
February Movement", intimating and threatening them. Amnesty International also continues to receive information
that some protesters treated in government-run hospitals have been denied copies of medical reports detailing their
injuries, potentially obstructing their efforts to obtain justice and reparation.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Arabic, French, or your own language:
Urging the Moroccan authorities to ensure that a full, independent and impartial investigation into the allegations
of physical assaults is conducted and that any officials responsible are held accountable;
Urging the authorities to release immediately and unconditionally all detainees who are held solely for the
peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly;
Urging the authorities to uphold the right of protestors to express their views and organize protests in a peaceful
manner and to instruct security forces not to resort to unjustified or unnecessary force to disperse demonstrations.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 12 JULY 2011 TO:
Minister of Justice
Fax: +212 537 734 725/ 537 730
Salutation: Your Excellency
National Human Rights Council
Place Ach-Chouhada, BP 1341
10 001 Rabat, Morocco
Fax : +212 537 726 856
Salutation: Dear Sir
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date. This is the first update of UA 152/11. Further information: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE29/005/2011/en