Morocco: Breaking the wall of silence: the “disappeared” in Morocco (includes correction)

Index Number: MDE 29/001/1993

Although some 270 people who had “disappeared” for up to 19 years were released in 1991, hundreds of people remain unaccounted for in Morocco. This report examines the phenomenon of “disappearance” in Morocco: it discusses the alleged agents of “disappearance” and the secret centres in which the “disappeared” are apparently held. Official responses to AI’s inquiries about the fate of the “disappeared” are described. Testimonies of formerly “disappeared” people now released – the Bourequat brothers, Mohamed Nadrani, Brahim Lahsen Mbarek Ballagh and Kenti Sidi Balla – are included. A list of Sahrawis who died in secret detention in Agdz, Qal’at M’gouna and Laayoune between 1976 and 1990 is provided.

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