May 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday reported widespread torture of detainees in Morocco and Western Sahara at the hands of authorities. AI documented 173 cases of torture between 2010 and 2014, including beatings, asphyxiation, drowning techniques and rape threats. The report also stated that ...[read more]
April 25, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a statement on Thursday denouncing as a violation of the laws of war an airstrike led by the Saudi Arabian coalition that led to the destruction of a humanitarian warehouse in Yemen earlier this month. The attack was said to be executed by the Saudi coalition, ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A judge in Spain decided on Friday that genocide charges against seven former and current Moroccan officials, who are accused of committing torture and killings in the Western Sahara from 1975-91, are justified. In his ruling, Judge Pablo Ruz asked that the men be extradited to Spain to face a ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A Spanish court on Thursday accused 16 civil guards of using excessive force against 15 sub-Saharan immigrants who drowned attempting to swim around a seawall between Ceuta and Morocco last February. A judge opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding their deaths and has called ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Chilean lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation will now go to President Michelle Bachelet next, who is expected to sign it. The bill's passage will give same-sex couples many of the rights granted to married ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
France's highest court ruled Wednesday that a same-sex French-Moroccan couple may legally marry. Although Morocco refuses to recognize marriage between two men, France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. The case was originally brought after a French city hall refused to marry the couple, ...[read more]
November 7, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Moroccan authorities are interfering with the work of human rights organizations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday. According to HRW, authorities have blocked the Moroccan Human Rights Association (ADMH) from holding more than 15 meetings since June. ADMH claims that Moroccan government ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Claims of human rights abuse against Sahrawi refugees living in camps in the Sahara desert administered by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario) have been exaggerated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Saturday. The refugee camps in the Algerian region ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A Moroccan court Tuesday sentenced human rights activist Ouafa Charaf to one year in prison after being convicted of falsely alleging that she had been tortured by police. Charaf was also fined €4,500 (USD $6,000) by the court. According to Charaf, after leaving a solidarity sit-in in May ...[read more]
May 30, 2014
by G. Redd
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on the government of Morocco Thursday to enforce the human rights provisions in its 2011 constitution. While commending the country for its growth since her office's last visit 13 years ago, Pillay noted that the changes to the constitution ...[read more]

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