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Morocco/Western Sahara

The authorities responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a new health emergency decree-law, which restricted freedoms of movement, expression and assembly, and used it to prosecute people for criticizing the government’s handling of the crisis or for breaking the emergency measures. Sahrawi human...
Middle East and North Africa Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Morocco/Western Sahara: Further information: Activist successfully leaves home after 18 months: Sultana Khaya

Sahrawi woman activist Sultana Khaya managed to leave her house in Boujdour, Western Sahara, on 30 May and travel to Spain for medical care. Under arbitrary house arrest since November 2020, the restrictions placed on her have yet to be officially removed and it remains unclear whether she would be...
Middle East and North Africa Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Morocco/Western Sahara: Further information: Investigation violations against raped activist: Sultana Khaya

Sultana Khaya, an activist for Sahrawis’ right to self-determination and her family have been under a de facto house arrest since November 2020. Security forces surrounding their home repeatedly and violently forced Sultana Khaya and her sister Luaara back inside their house when they attempt to...