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Wednesday 11 November 2020

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights affirmed in its report on the human rights situation in Morocco during 2019, that the human rights situation continues to deteriorate and deteriorate due to the practices of state agencies and authorities, and as a result of its public policies, as the Moroccan state continues to deny its international obligations in the field of human rights and its reluctance to protect and advance them .

She highlighted that the Moroccan state is determined not to implement the requirements of international conventions and covenants, is indifferent to the recommendations of the relevant committees and the reports of the special rapporteurs, and ignores the reports and observations of international, regional and national human rights organizations, and is determined to move forward in its escalation of the attack on human rights and freedoms, both public and individual, and is persistent in targeting them. For women defenders and human rights defenders, and their suppression and obstruction of the work of international, regional and national human rights organizations.


The Moroccan Association for Human Rights paints a bleak picture of freedom of the press and the media in Morocco

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights issued this morning, Wednesday, November 11th, the annual report on the situation of human rights in Morocco in the year 2019, which included monitoring many violations in various fields related to rights and freedoms.

Among the themes included in the report are those related to the freedom of the media, the press and the Internet, as the association linked the internet and the press because of the role that the first played as a central

means of supporting freedom of opinion and expression and the dissemination of information and news.

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights said, “It is clear that the Moroccan state has continued to pursue its backward policies with regard to freedom of the media, the press and the Internet, which has been confirmed by many international organizations in their reports.”

The same report added, “Reporters Without Borders, in its report issued in 2019, recorded that the Moroccan authorities obstructed the work of the national and foreign media, which worked on the Hirak Rif file, or the immigration file, which is considered prohibited.”

The largest human rights association stressed that “lawsuits have been filed against journalists, citizens and professional journalists, including a number of prisoners now, and prison sentences and fines have been issued against them, and a number of foreign journalists have been expelled.”

The same report monitored many violations related to harassment of journalists, including the file of the journalist Hamid Al-Mahdawi, Rabih Al-Ablaq, Hajer Al-Raissouni, then Tawfiq Bouachrine and Omar Al-Radi.

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights called for “not to follow journalists and bloggers with criminal law regarding everything related to publishing and news,” calling for the “immediate release of journalists and bloggers arrested for their opinions.”

The same association also called for “an end to the assault on the rights of female journalists and journalists, and impunity for those who attack women and media men,” stressing the necessity of “abolishing Article 32 of Law 53-05 related to the electronic exchange of legal data that criminalizes the use of electronic encryption without a license. Prior, especially for journalists, bloggers, digital activists, human rights defenders and those who report abuse. ”

Report: Human rights continue to deteriorate in Morocco

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights affirmed in its report on the human rights situation in Morocco during 2019, that the human rights situation continues to deteriorate and deteriorate due to the practices of state agencies and authorities, and as a result of its public policies, as the Moroccan state continues to deny its international obligations in the field of human rights and its reluctance to protect and advance them.

She highlighted that the Moroccan state is determined not to implement the requirements of international conventions and covenants, is indifferent to the recommendations of the relevant committees and the reports of the special rapporteurs, and ignores the reports and observations of international, regional and national human rights organizations, and is determined to move forward in its escalation of the attack on human rights and freedoms, both public and individual, and is persistent in targeting them. For women defenders and human rights defenders, and their suppression and obstruction of the work of international, regional and national human rights organizations.

The association recorded that the right to life is often violated in our country, due to multiple symptoms and causes, citizens and female citizens die due to negligence and the absence of necessary medical care, failure to adhere to safety rules and standards, lack of accountability and the prevalence of impunity.

Death sentences continue to be passed

The association stated that 15 death sentences were issued during this year, 23 deaths were recorded in detention centers, 32 in hospitals and health and social centers due to medical negligence or medical errors, and 36 in workplaces, due to work accidents, while commuting to work, or due to the absence of safety conditions in places Labor, 19 cases of scorpion stings, snakebite and rabies / rabies, and 13 deaths due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.

As for deaths among newborns, they amounted to 14 deaths per 1000 live births during the same period 2018; As for the maternal mortality rate in Morocco, according to the official figures of the Ministry of Health, despite its low, it is still high, as it reached 72.6 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018. In addition, 13.4% of births occur outside hospitals, due to the remoteness or lack of health facilities in some countries and mountainous regions.

She explained that deaths due to the phenomenon of suicide have witnessed a steady and very worrying rise, especially in the north region, as the numbers indicate that the number of suicide deaths in the region reached about 120 during the year 2019, which specialists attribute to psychological crises such as depression, bipolar mood disorder, or all cases of psychosis, or As a result of an economic or social crisis, in addition to the fact that psychiatric hospitals in Morocco do not meet the minimum humanitarian conditions for hospitalization and treatment, and suffer from a severe shortage of reception facilities such as preventive health centers or special wards for psychological support in public hospitals.

The report documented 53 cases of drowning and mass traffic accidents due to the absence of basic equipment, including roads and bridges, sufficient to enable citizens and transportation means to cross the valleys in safe and secure conditions.

Political detention

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The association’s report limited the number of political detainees for the year 2019 to 311 political detainees, most of whom were detained against the background of the Rif movement to 172 detainees, followed by 83 detainees against the background of the Jerada movement, then the Sahrawi detainees were 34 detainees, and those remaining from the Belliraj group were 08 cases, in addition to the activist Human rights defender Amina Jabbar and civil society actor Hassan Farid, and 12 detainees were arrested for opinion and expression.

As for the followers in the state of release, their number reaches 44, including those following protests in the Rif region 20 cases, and activists in the February 20 movement in the Fom Al-Hosn region in the Tata region who have been following since 2012, and who in January of 2019 the Court of Appeal in Agadir issued a ruling of their innocence.

This is in addition to the six activists who have followed for years in what has become known as the Maati Munjib file, followed by the follow-up of at least eight human rights activists and bloggers based on their posts on social media platforms and sites, whom the human rights and democracy movement considers victims of the violation of freedom of opinion and expression.

The report records that despite the amnesty and release, on June 04, 2019 on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, of the remaining Jarada detainees and about 60 political detainees of the Rif detainees, and the release of a significant number of Rif detainees on the occasion of the amnesty of July 30, 2019, on the other hand, new arrests and follow-ups took place. Whether among the activists of the Rif movement, or among the ranks of human rights activists, especially those who were arrested in light of their expression of opinion on social media.

The association confirmed that, based on the data it has available at the end of 2019, the continued presence of 110 political detainees, after the release of a number of them, distributed in many prisons, and most of them are serving their sentences in prisons far from the places where their families live, which suffer a lot of trouble and hardship To visit them.

Violating freedom of the press

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The association highlighted that the year 2019 was marked by persistent violations of freedom of the press, prosecutions, arrests, malicious, retaliatory and unfair trials, internet surveillance, espionage on journalists and bloggers and interception of communications, which was confirmed by Morocco’s classification by “Reporters Without Borders” in its annual report drawing 2019 for the press index in World, as it kept the same late position for 2018, which is 135 out of 180 countries.

The association recorded the continuing spread of the phenomenon of “defamation journalism” directed against civil society activists, journalists and academics, and the opposition that is independent of political power, as defamatory articles and tapes multiplied in an unprecedented way during 2019, through falsification of facts and fabricating and altering news and events, which contributes to violating the privacy of those targeted And discrediting them by fabricating events, situations and stories that have nothing to do with reality.

She indicated that in addition to these violations, a group of human rights defenders, Moroccan dissidents and journalists have been targeted, as their phones were broken into by the spyware produced and marketed by the Israeli company NSO, which constitutes a flagrant violation of their privacy.

Targeting freedom of assembly and peaceful protest

The association pointed out that the state continues its attack on all basic rights and freedoms of female citizens, and the increasing restrictions on the right to organize, assemble, and demonstrate peacefully, and the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and to adopt a security and repressive approach in confronting the various protest movements of female citizens and citizens demanding economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.

She added that the human rights movement, in general, and the Moroccan Association for Human Rights in particular, also suffered from restrictions, as a large number of its members were subjected to judicial follow-ups, arrests and physical attacks by the public forces and their defamation in the pro-government media.

In its report, the association criticized the intended, arbitrary and unlawful denial of human rights organizations from public spaces, which greatly affected the ability of the serious human rights movement, in general, and the association, in particular, to continue its pioneering effort to advance the culture of human rights.

And it recorded the failure to obtain receipts for depositing legal files, noting that most of the bodies that place their legal files with the authority do not even obtain the temporary deposit receipt at the time, as required by that law.

She explained that the state is working to limit access to sources of funding for programs and activities, and this was done, directly, through a memorandum addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding financing international bodies for associations and imposing pre-reporting to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with all funding, and also in an unseen and unprecedented manner where pressure is directly applied. Those wishing to support Moroccan civil society should not deal with the struggling human rights movement, especially the Moroccan Association for Human Rights.

Restriction on freedom of belief

The association stressed in its report that the status of freedom of belief and individual freedoms in Morocco has not witnessed any fundamental development in the field of the legislative policy of the Moroccan state, in the interest of guaranteeing and protecting freedom of belief and individual freedoms in general.

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In this context, I recorded the continuing ban on the Bible (the Bible) from circulating in Morocco without legal basis, and the absence of Moroccan churches frequented by Moroccan Christians, recognized by the authorities, but rather home churches in which the rituals are practiced in secret, while we find that the churches frequented by foreign Christians By virtue of her contract with the authorities, she is prohibited from hosting Moroccan Christians or giving them the Bible.

She indicated that in the case of Moroccan Christians being arrested, the authorities would arrest them on the charge of gathering without a permit or on the charge of engaging in activity within an association that is not licensed according to the law, or subjecting them to trials, often for undermining the belief of a Muslim according to Article 220 of the Criminal Code, if they spoke about their beliefs to a person or persons Others.

  • The association affirmed that the situation of the Moroccan Shiites is no less worse than that of the Christian Moroccans, as they have no right to establish their own synagogues, and they have no right to practice their rituals, and the campaign of incitement, hatred and violence against them and the Shiite sect in general is still ongoing.

Hit the right to health and education

  • The report concluded that the health sector, which is the second most important sector after education, is facing structural difficulties related to low government spending on health care, as the state’s expenditures from the general budget for the health sector did not exceed 5% on average from the 2019 budget, which is approximately 18 billion Dirhams allocated 60% of it for management and 40% for equipment.

The regional office of the Moroccan Federation for the Protection of Public Fund called for “speeding up preliminary research, investigations and judicial trials in many files of corruption and the plunder of public money.”

Hit the right to health and education

  • The report concluded that the health sector, which is the second most important sector after education, is facing structural difficulties related to low government spending on health care, as the state’s expenditures from the general budget for the health sector did not exceed 5% on average from the 2019 budget, which is approximately 18 billion Dirhams allocated 60% of it for management and 40% for equipment.
  • The state’s contribution to the total costs of health, according to the national accounts of health, remained at only 27%, and the total government spending on health did not exceed 2% of the gross domestic product, in addition to the lack of human resources from doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators, as the shortage worsens to reach Frightening numbers in a number of centers, interests and specialties that were closed permanently, after the ministry failed to compensate the departed, retired and the deceased, and the deterioration of the infrastructure, as there are a number of public hospitals in a general response situation, which are old, worn out, dilapidated and empty buildings, some of which are over thirty years old.

And I also considered that the status of the education sector is very deteriorating, for while most of those who follow the reality of education do not differ about the diagnosis, the determination of the causes differs from one side to the other.

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights The state took advantage of the health emergency to tighten its security grip.

The Moroccan Organization for Human Rights said that the police state took advantage of the state of health emergency to deepen its security grip, and pushed in the direction of something like a state of exception through the intensive landing of security forces, and sometimes the army forces on the public street, to create a kind of terror and panic among citizens, instead of relying on Raising awareness and allocating media programs with the participation of specialists, and engaging civil society of all spectrums in the process of sensitization to the seriousness of the epidemic.


The Organization, which is the largest and oldest human rights body in Morocco, revealed in a special report to it on the human rights situation during the state of health emergency, that the state has begun downloading many measures and measures in an ad hoc and swift manner without allowing the conditions for their implementation, which strengthens the degrees of assault on freedoms and intensifying arrests , Including the imposition of wearing the muzzle without its presence in the market, or the tightening of prostitution and penalties for not wearing it since late July, and the repeated closures of some cities or the prevention of some manifestations of movement in specific periods of time, and to and from specific directions, without leaving even a time distance for citizens to absorb the decision.


The Organization spoke in its report about concealment of information and its concealment of it, the disdain of the Ministry of Interior and its agents of various degrees in the law, and the marginalization of all institutions, including the executive institutions, from carrying out their real roles in facing the outbreak of the virus, which led to misleading public opinion and deceiving it to eliminate the virus at the beginning In June, everyone was surprised by the strong rise in cases of infection. The Organization also recorded the state’s tendency to suppress the freedoms and basic rights of citizens, by tightening its control over the struggling human rights movement and the various democratic forces, expanding its attack on the international human rights movement, the model of Amnesty International, and trying to freeze Its activism and questioning of its credibility, for publishing reports indicating that the Moroccan state spied on human rights activists and journalists in our country, through the electronic application “Picassos”.


The Organization criticized the state’s resort to detention because of the opinion regarding the right of many defenders of human rights defenders, and opponents of its policies, to target social media activists.

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