Category Archives: Morocco and Western Sahara

Human Rights Watch – Unfair Trials Based on Confessions to the Police in Morocco

June 2013 – Human Rights Watch releases new report regarding Morocco’s judicial system and its use of confessions obtained through torture in order to convict persons, a measure which is contrary to international human rights standards. This report follows the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture’s recent country visit to Morocco. During his visit, the SRT found that judges are willing to admit confessions without attempting to corroborate the confession with other evidence, even if the person recants before the judge and claims to have been tortured. Read the article here.

Human Rights Council Begins Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture

March 2013 – The 22nd session of the Human Rights Council began its interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez on 4 March. The Special Rapporteur presented country-specific reports on his visits to Tajikistan, Morocco, and Uruguay, and a thematic report on abusive practices in health-care settings.

RFI (FR): UN SAYS TORTURE IN MOROCCO IS FREQUENT, BUT LESS THAN SYSTEMATIC

September 24, 2012 – The French news outlet RFI reports on the Special Rapporteur’s statements that while some progress has been made, torture of  civilians continues to be practiced by Moroccan authorites.

Morocco: “Culture of human rights emerging, but more needed to eradicate torture” – UN Special Rapporteur

September 2012 – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez has said that while a culture of human rights is emerging in Morocco, authorities must do more to eradicate torture and ill-treatment.

Al Arabiya News: U.N. Investigator Urges Morocco to End Police Torture

September 23, 2013, RABAT – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture reported preliminary findings of treatment amounting to torture in Moroccan prisons and police detention centers during a press conference held at the end of his week-long official visit to Morocco.

AFP: Special Rapporteur Reports That Torture of Morocco Detainees Is Common

September 22, 2013, RABAT – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has reported that the torture, cruel, and inhumane treatment of detainees in Morocco appears to be very frequent.

CBC (CANADA) – TORTURE OF ACTIVISTS IN MOROCCO IS SYSTEMATIC, SAYS UN

September 22, 2012 – The CBC reports on the Special Rapporteur’s meetings with local civil society representatives in Morocco, highlighting his statements that the authorities’ surveillance of meetings can result in a climate of oppression.

ATLAS INFO – UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TORTURE VISITS LOCAL PRISON IN LAÂYOUNE, WESTERN SAHARA

September 19, 2012 – The Special Rapporteur has visited a local prison in Laâyoune, Western Sahara. He has also met with members of the Laâyoune-Smara regional commission on human rights and with civil society representatives in the region.

The Daily Star Lebanon: UN Envoy Meets Moroccan Ex-Political Prisoners

September 19, 2012 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez has met with activists, former political prisoners, and victims of torture in Rabat. Professor Méndez also met with the Moroccan justice and interior ministers during his visit.

SAHARA PRESS SERVICE – UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR MEETS SAHARAWI RIGHTS ASSOCIATIONS

September 18, 2012 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez has met with representatives from Saharawi human rights organizations, including the Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA), in El Aaiun, Western Sahara.