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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2011-06-29
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2014-01-15
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2009-03-12
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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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2015-02-13
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    Morocco: Controversial Arrest of Two Teenagers for Kissing (Nov. 11, 2016) Two female teenagers, aged 16 and 17, are going on trial for homosexual activity after they were seen kissing and hugging last week in the Moroccan city of Marrakech; they were reportedly held for several days in an adult prison, rather than a juvenile facility. The Moroccan Association of Human Rights has […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2016-11-11
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2014-12-04
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    Morocco: Law Aimed at Protecting Domestic Workers Adopted (Apr. 20, 2017) On August 10, 2016, the King of Morocco issued a decree approving the Law on Fixing the Conditions of Employing and Employment of Female and Male Domestic Workers.  The Law will come into effect, pursuant to its article 27, “one year after the necessary texts needed for its implementation have been published […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2017-04-20
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2009-08-20
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    Morocco: Draft Law Introduced to Protect Whistle-Blowers in Corruption Cases (Oct. 8, 2019) On February 15, 2019, the Moroccan Minister of Administration and Public Service announced the introduction of a new draft law to protect whistle-blowers. The draft law is intended to fulfill Morocco’s commitment as a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Corruption to enact relevant domestic laws, in this case by protecting […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2019-10-08
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    Morocco: Government Decides to Ease Restrictions Aimed at Curbing Spread of COVID-19 (June 24, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the prime minister of Morocco, Saadeddine El Otmani, announced that the country would start easing restrictions that had been put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The prime minister stated that he would lift all restrictions completely by July 10, 2020. Morocco has been […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2020-06-24
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    Morocco: New Law Establishes Processes for Individuals to Challenge Constitutionality of Laws (Apr. 25, 2018) On February 6, 2018, Morocco’s Parliament approved, in accordance with article 133 of the 2011 Moroccan Constitution, Law No. 15.86 Concerning the Determination of the Conditions and Modalities of Raising the Issue of Unconstitutionality of a Law. (Law No. 15.86 Concerning the Determination of the Conditions and Modalities of Raising the Issue […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2018-04-25
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    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. […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2012-05-10
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    France: Supreme Court Denies Recognition of an Islamic Divorce in France (Dec. 3, 2009) In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of Morocco, were married in Morocco in 1975 and reside in France. The wife filed for divorce […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2009-12-03
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    United Arab Emirates: Three Arabs Accused of Human Trafficking in Dubai (Aug. 25, 2010) On August 18, 2010, the Criminal Court of Dubai tried three individuals from Egypt, Morocco, and Lebanon for smuggling Moroccan women into Dubai to work as prostitutes. The women had been told that they would be working as house maids in the United Arab Emirates. Once the women arrived in Dubai, the […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2010-08-25
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    Netherlands: List of Safe Countries of Origin for Asylum Purposes Expanded (Feb. 12, 2016) On February 9, 2016, the State Secretary for Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Klaas Dijkhoff, announced that he will add six jurisdictions to the country’s list of safe countries of origin; persons from countries on this list are deemed presumptively ineligible for asylum. The new additions are Ghana, India, Jamaica, Morocco, Mongolia, and Senegal, although Morocco […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2016-02-12
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    Senegal: Extradition of Terror Suspects Approved by Court (Aug. 5, 2010) On July 29, 2010, an appeals court in Senegal approved the extradition to their home country of three men from Morocco who had been accused of terrorism. The final decision on extradition is through a presidential decree. Si Mohamed, Mohamed Brigph, and Moulaye Abdelhani Nadane were the subjects of an extradition request […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-08-05
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    Denmark: Court Strips Terrorist of Danish Citizenship (June 13, 2016) On June 8, 2016, the Danish Supreme Court decided that convicted terrorist Said Mansour, who holds dual Moroccan and Danish citizenship, will lose his Danish citizenship, affirming the appellate court verdict. (Højesterets dom [Supreme Court Verdict] (June 8, 2016), Case No. 211/2015, Supreme Court website.)  The case is the first of its […]
    • Contributor: Hofverberg, Elin
    • Date: 2016-06-13
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    World: Draft Counterfeiting Pact in Final Stages of Completion (Nov. 18, 2010) On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all its Member States), Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States. The […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2010-11-18
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    Spain: National Police Chief Addresses Anti-Terrorism Policies (Sept. 29, 2016) The head of Spain’s National Police gave an address describing how Spain’s efforts to improve anti-terrorist cooperation among European Union Member States, and arguing against national border patrols within the European Union.  (Hugo Gutiérrez, El Director de la Policia Nacional Pide mas Cooperación Europea contra el Terrorismo, EL PAIS (Aug.1, 2016).) He argued […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2016-09-29
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    Belgium: Terror Suspects Convicted, Sentenced (May 13, 2010) It was reported on May 10, 2010, that eight people were convicted in Belgium for leading a terrorist group and recruiting people to fight for the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The fighters were recruited from Belgium and France. (Belgium Convicts Eight on Terrorism Charges, BBC NEWS, May 10, 2010, […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-05-13
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    Denmark: Proposed Anti-Terrorism Law Calls for Secret Courts, Electronic Tags (Apr. 24, 2009) It was reported on April 6, 2009, that Denmark is preparing a new anti-terrorism bill that would permit sensitive intelligence against terrorist suspects to be presented in secret courts and would allow foreign suspects who do not meet location requirements to remain in the country on exceptional leave through the use of […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-04-24
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    European Union: ACTA Signed in Tokyo (Feb. 7, 2012) On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls on violations of copyright and other intellectual property laws. A signing ceremony was held in Tokyo, hosted by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Signing Ceremony […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2012-02-07
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    Spain: Criminal Sanctions for Foreign Fighters and Anti-Terrorism Measures Under Consideration (Oct. 16, 2014) The government is considering an amendment to the Penal Code that would make it a crime of terrorism to participate and fight in armed conflicts abroad on behalf of groups considered to be illegal militias. (Miguel González, El Gobierno Estudia Castigar como Delito el Combatir en el Extranjero, EL PAIS (Sept. 16, […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2014-10-16
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    Denmark: Government Asks Parliament to Quickly Pass Act to Administratively Revoke Danish Citizenship (Oct. 24, 2019) On October 14, 2019, the Danish government asked the Danish Parliament to pass legislation that would allow the minister for Immigration and Housing to administratively strip Danish citizens of their citizenship. Following a legislative amendment that took effect in 2015, Denmark began recognizing dual citizenship. However, the country has also allowed the […]
    • Contributor: Hofverberg, Elin
    • Date: 2019-10-24
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    Germany: Proposed Tightening of Asylum Rules (Feb. 8, 2016) On February 3, 2016, the German government agreed on a set of stricter asylum measures (“Asylum Package II”). The Asylum Package II would accelerate the asylum application process; suspend family reunification for refugees with subsidiary protection status for a period of two years; decrease asylees’ monthly cash benefits; facilitate deportation; establish a […]
    • Contributor: Gesley, Jenny
    • Date: 2016-02-08