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Amnesty International has pointed to serious errors in the trials of Moroccan activists in 2016 and 2017.

Protests have rocked the North African country since 2016, particularly in the underdeveloped Rif region.

Morocco king urges 'urgent action' on social problems

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Morocco king urges 'urgent action' on social problems

Morocco is marked by glaring social and territorial inequalities, against a backdrop of high unemployment among young people.

Thousands rally in Morocco for jailed Rif opponents

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Thousands rally in Morocco for jailed Rif opponents

Under the watchful eyes of the police, protesters in Morocco's Rabat marched towards parliament on Sunday, brandishing pictures of jailed Rif ...

Moroccan court slaps three year sentence on journalist

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Moroccan court slaps three year sentence on journalist

Rights groups have criticised authorities for the arrest and jail sentence, saying Hamid El Mahdaoui did not commit a crime.

Ilhem Rachidi

So long to freedom of expression in Morocco

Comment: The brief period of openness that followed the uprising in 2011 did not last long. Today, civil rights are curtailed, and demonstrators thrown into prison, writes Ilhem Rachidi.

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Morocco sentences Rif protest leader to 20 years

Activist Nasser Zafzafi, who led popular protests in the Rif region, was charged with 'threatening national unity' and 'undermining public ...

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Lacking alternatives, hundreds risk lives in Morocco's 'death mines'

The deaths of two miners in northeastern Morocco have sparked protests against perceived government neglect in the country's former mining towns.

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Morocco bans protests on anniversary of Rif demonstrations

Moroccan authorities respond to calls for protests on social media by banning demonstrations on the first anniversary of the Rif region's unrest.

Casablanca protests in solidarity with jailed Rif activists

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Casablanca protests in solidarity with jailed Rif activists

Around 1,000 protesters, led by organisers perched on a pickup truck with megaphones, gathered at a main Casablanca intersection on Sunday, ...

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Morocco defends expulsion of Guardian journalist who covered protests

Morocco's communication minister said on Friday that a journalist for Britain's Guardian newspaper was expelled because he had been working in a ...

Morocco urged to address torture allegations

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Morocco urged to address torture allegations

In-depth: Human rights groups say Moroccan police are still brutally dispersing demonstrations and torturing protesters in the Rif region, ...

Moroccan ministers' holidays cancelled until Rif developments completed

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Moroccan ministers' holidays cancelled until Rif developments completed

The restive Rif region will benefit from new development projects - directly ordered by the King - with ten leading ministers forced to cancel ...

Morocco king pardons over a thousand prisoners

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Morocco king pardons over a thousand prisoners

Protest group leader and 175 others remain in detention after mass pardon is granted for protesters who were 'not implicated in serious acts'.

Moroccan journalist jailed over Rif protets

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Moroccan journalist jailed over Rif protets

A journalist in Morocco was sentenced to three months in jail after being convicted of "inviting" people to take part in banned protests in the ...

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Reporters Without Borders slams Morocco's coverage of Rif protests

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) accused the Moroccan authorities of hindering coverage of unrest in the Rif region on Saturday.

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Moroccan king intervenes personally in Hoceima riots

Morocco's King Mohammed has personally ordered troops to step down in order to cool tensions in the restless Rif region.

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Hundreds arrested as unrest escalates in Morocco's Rif

More than 100 protesters were arrested and nearly 80 police officers were wounded in escalating tension in Morocco's Rif region this week, ...

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Morocco king slams development delays in restive north

Morocco's King Mohammed VI has slammed ministers for delays in a development programme designed to ease tensions in a region rocked by months of ...

Clashes erupt in Rif as government calls for talks Clashes erupt in Rif as government calls for talks

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Clashes erupt in Rif as government calls for talks

Dozens of youths wearing balaclavas threw stones at security forces, who responded with tear gas.

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Moroccan riot police 'violently' disperse women's Rif protest

Videos emerged on social media showing women being violently dispersed while protesting against the arrest of popular opposition leader Nasser ...

Moroccan parliament urges explanation amid Rif police violence scandal

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Moroccan parliament urges explanation amid Rif police violence scandal

The Moroccan parliament wants to know "everything" about what has happened in Al-Hoceima after calling for the rights of protesters.

Growing condemnation over Moroccan police's violence against Rif protesters Growing condemnation over Moroccan police's violence against Rif protesters

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Growing condemnation over Moroccan police's violence against Rif protesters

Thousands rallied on Friday in Rif’s port city of Al-Hoceima, following a general strike called by activists who are demanding ...

Thousands rally in Morocco to demand protest leader's release Thousands rally in Morocco to demand protest leader's release

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Thousands rally in Morocco to demand protest leader's release

Thousands of Moroccans held rallies for a sixth straight night, demanding that authorities release the leader of a political grassroots movement.

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