Human Rights in Morocco Degenerated in 2017-18

On 1st November Morocco’s most powerful rights group AMDH condemned the rise in the political and whimsical imprisonment of human rights campaigners, social activists, as well as journalists. In a report, the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) stated that there had been a grave infraction in remote parts of the Rif, which is primarily a Berber area that has been rocked by protests. Other area affected by the protest includes Zagora, Jerada, and other regions.
AMDH president Ahmed ElHaij during a news conference stated that the number of political detainees exceeded than that was reported during the 1990s. He added that around 1020 are either imprisoned or is on trial for their participation or expressing their backing for peaceful protests all over the kingdom.
The government did not right away reply to the report, although human rights minister Mustapha Ramid has stated Morocco is not a paradise nor a hell for rights.
During the wake of 2011 Arab Spring protests, Morocco embraced a new constitution preserving freedom of speech, and advocating other rights like enhancing of an independent judiciary, and consecrating Amazigh, which is a national language for the Berber community.
However, seven years have passed and AMDH mentioned Morocco is allowing the freedoms and human rights pledge made to the protestors to drift.
The state has put off its feet on enforcing its international adherence to battle torture. As for civil liberties, AMDH sketched an arid picture mentioning a brutal suppression by the state on peaceful protests notably in the Rif area.
The Rif protests over economic and social demands emerged after the death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri in October 2016, who was crushed inside a rubbish truck while he was to recover fish confiscated by police.
Last June, a Casablanca court passed jail terms to 52 people over the Rif demonstrations. Protest leader Nasser Zefzafi was sentenced during a first instance verdict to 20 years in prison. The report recorded cases of the infringement of press freedom that cost Morocco two places in the Reporters without Borders 2017 index where it has been ranked 133rd out of 180 nations.
Currently, Morocco is grappling with an influx of African migrants looking for passage to nearby Europe.

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