Advocacy / Morocco
Universal Periodic Review of Morocco: An opportunity for the authorities to address the ongoing rollback on human rights?
On November 8, 2022, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (HRC) held its 4th cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Morocco. The UPR is a peer review mechanism by which UN Member States provide recommendations to improve the human rights record of the countries under review. Ahead of the review, in March 2022, MENA Rights Group submitted a shadow report outlining a set of recommendations.
Rights groups reiterate their call on Moroccan authorities to end the persecution of Taoufik Bouachrine, and other critical journalists
MENA Rights Group joined 41 civil society organisations in signing an open letter to the Moroccan authorities urging them to release, among other journalists and human rights defenders, Taoufik Bouachrine. The journalist is currently detained for simply exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Joint letter to the Prime Minister of Morocco condemning the extradition of Hassan al-Rabea
On February 13, 2023, MENA Rights Group and over 20 human rights organisations sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Morocco condemning and seeking an explanation for the extradition of Saudi national Hassan al-Rabea to Saudi Arabia, where he risks serious human rights abuses including torture.
Joint letter to the Prime Minister of Morocco: do not extradite Hassan al-Rabea to Saudi Arabia
On February 6, 2023, MENA Rights Group joined human rights organisations in sending an open letter to the Moroccan Prime Minister, urging him not to extradite Hassan al-Rabea to Saudi Arabia, where he faces torture, ill-treatment and arbitrary detention.
Uyghur activist Yidiresi Aishan at risk of extradition after one year of detention in Morocco
A coalition of human rights NGOs calls on the Moroccan authorities to cancel the extradition proceedings against Yidiresi Aishan and release him from his year-long detention.
Call to reject the extradition of Yidiresi Aishan to China on the grounds of non-refoulement
Joint letter signed by 15 human rights NGOs calling on the Prime Minister of Morocco to reject the extradition of Yidiresi Aishan to China on the grounds of non-refoulement.
Release Omar Radi and guarantee fair trial proceedings
Ahead of the trial of Moroccan journalist Omar Radi on April 6, 2021, MENA Rights Group and 15 CSOs urged the Moroccan authorities to grant him provisional release and guarantee fair trial proceedings for all parties.
Open letter to Convention against Torture Initiative: NGOs concerned over violation of non-refoulement principle by Morocco
On March 24, 2021, MENA Rights Group and seven NGOs wrote to the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), an intergovernmental initiative aimed at promoting the implementation of the Convention worldwide, and of which Morocco is a founding member state. The NGOs brought to the CTI’s attention the recent extradition of Osama Al Hasani to Saudi Arabia, in violation of the principle of non-refoulement, expressing concern over this serious setback in the implementation of the Convention by Morocco.
Joint Letter Calling on Moroccan Authorities to Drop Charges Against Human Rights Defender Maati Monjib
The undersigned civil society organizations call on the Moroccan authorities to immediately end their intimidation and harassment campaign against academic and human rights defender Maati Monjib and drop all baseless charges leveled against him.