Morocco* Country Visit

Morocco* Country Visit

 

 

 

At the invitation of the government, the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez visited Morocco* from 15 to 22 September 2012, to assess improvements and identify remaining challenges regarding torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment. During his visit, the SRT held meetings with authorities, the judiciary, civil society, national human rights institution, and victims and their families.

  • Read the SRT’s preliminary findings and press release after the visit
  • Read the SRT’s report on Morocco* to the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council on 4 March 2013.
  • Watch the SRT deliver his report on Morocco* to the Human Rights Council
  • Read the Moroccan Government’s comments to the report

(*) The SRT also visited Laâyoune, Western Sahara, on 17 and 18 September 2012.

Latest News on Morocco Follow-up!

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

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

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

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.