Morocco: Prison is not an answer to seekers of social justice

Economic & Social Rights, Morocco / Western Sahara, Press Release

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Press Release

The heavy sentences pronounced by the Criminal Chamber of Court of Appeal of Casablanca towards several young nationals from the Rif region (“rifains”) cannot constitute a response to the movement that took place in the North of Morocco and is still taking place today.

By transforming social claims into a “plot aiming at undermining State Security”, the judiciary responded to the security expectations of the government during a trial whose conditions have been denounced by several observers and defence lawyers.

The claims expressed by the protesters – claims regarding the respect of their economic and social rights – will not disappear with institutions reverting to repressive measures.