Morocco: A pattern of political imprisonment, “disappearances” and torture

This report focuses on a range of continuing gross violations of human rights in Morocco. More than 350 political prisoners are believed to be held in Moroccan jails. The appalling conditions in prisons and detention centres such as Tazmamert or Derb Moulay Cherif are described and accounts of savage torture during garde-a-vue detention reported. Real and suspected opponents of the regime are jailed after unfair trials. Hundreds of “disappeared” people, Moroccans and Western Saharans (Sahrawis) remain unaccounted for. Military personnel sentenced in 1972 remain in incommunicado detention although most of the sentences have expired. This report also looks at the legal system in Morocco and at the application of the death penalty.

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