Latest Human rights in Morocco Stories

2006-07-13 22:32:00

By Tom Pfeiffer RABAT (Reuters) - Abdennaceur Bnouhachem's work as a left-wing student activist came to an abrupt end on April 13, 1976 when plainclothed security officers cornered him in the street and bundled him into an unmarked van. Bnouhachem said he was blindfolded and driven to a detention center where he and four friends were tortured for three days. He was hung from a steel pole and beaten, then held under water until he nearly drowned. He was then transferred to a prison...

2006-01-06 13:46:10

By Lamine Ghanmi RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco's King Mohammed, under pressure from human rights groups to apologize for more than four decades of past repression by the state, offered on Friday his sympathy for the victims. The 42-year-old monarch's statement was his first since a truth commission he appointed found last month that 592 Moroccans were killed between the 1960s and 1990s in a period known in the North African country as the "years of lead." The Equity and Reconciliation...

2005-10-08 10:43:09

RABAT (Reuters) - An official Moroccan human rights group on Saturday unveiled the mass graves of 50 political prisoners who died at secret detention centres in the 1970s. The Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER), set up by royal decree to help discover what happened to the hundreds of Moroccans arrested arbitrarily in the 1970s, said Moroccan government authorities had helped it to find graves at three former detention centres in the remote south. "The recognition of the...

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