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Morocco: Bill to Amend Counterterrorism Law

(Feb. 13, 2015) On January 26, 2015, the House of Deputies in Morocco approved a draft law that amends the country’s anti-terrorism law, with 102 votes for, none against, and 47 abstentions. The legislation amends certain provisions of the Penal Code and of the Code of Criminal Procedure to criminalize the act of joining a […]

Morocco: Human Rights Activist Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

(Dec. 4, 2014) On November 27, 2014, the appellate court in the city of Agadir, Morocco, sentenced the Western Saharan rights activist Abdelkhalik el-Markhi to four years in prison. The sentence came on the opening day of the World Forum for Human Rights in Morocco. (Four Years of Imprisonment for the Sahraoui Rights Activist “Abdelkhalik […]

Morocco: Rape Law Amendment Considered

(Jan. 15, 2014) On January 9, 2014, Morocco’s parliamentary Justice and Human Rights Commission proposed amending the country’s law on abduction and rape. (Addison Morris, Morocco Considers Amending Rape Law, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Jan. 10, 2014).) The revision would affect article 475 of the Penal Code; that article currently makes it possible for people to […]

Morocco: New Law to Allow Prime Minister to Select Political Appointees

(May 10, 2012) On May 8, 2012, the Moroccan Parliament approved a new law that grants the Prime Minister the right to hire the vast majority of public officials in the kingdom. Under the new law, the Prime Minister has the right to select 1,181 political appointees, while 48 appointments are reserved for the King. […]

Morocco: New Constitution Drafted

(June 29, 2011) On June 17, 2011, the King of Morocco outlined the changes offered in a new constitution that will be voted on in a referendum scheduled for July 1, 2011. The King identified ten areas of change touted as making the new constitution a “decisive historical turn” in the road for building a […]

Morocco: Court Approves Seizure of Newspapers Evaluating King’s Performance

(Aug. 20, 2009) On August 4, 2009, the Ministry of Internal Security of Morocco confiscated two weekly newspapers, TELQUEL and NICHANE, for publishing opinion polls about the King of Morocco that included questions about his performance over the past ten years. Moroccan authorities confiscated the newspapers without further explanation and destroyed 100,000 copies of both […]

Morocco: Judgment Against Former Guantanamo Detainee

(Mar. 12, 2009) On February 5, 2009, the Criminal Chamber of the Appellate Court of Sala, a suburb of Rabat, Morocco, has confirmed the judgment issued on May 1, 2008, by a lower court against Said Al-boujaida, a former Moroccan detainee at Guantanamo, in which he was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. This judgment is […]