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Algeria and Morocco appear to be using the coronavirus pandemic to quietly silence dissent and arrest journalists who are reporting on the pandemic.

Nasser Zefzafi said in a taped message that he "suffered the worst forms of torture" following his arrest in June 2017.

Morocco detains journalist for 'illegal sex, abortion'

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Morocco detains journalist for 'illegal sex, abortion'

Amnesty International has called on the Moroccan government to release journalist Hajar Raissouni for 'pre-marital sex and illegal abortion', while many believe she was arrested for her journalism instead.

Thousands of children killed by Assad's forces in Syria

James Reinl

Thousands of children killed by Assad's forces in Syria

Assad's forces and pro-government militias killed and injured over a thousand children in 2018, according to a report from UN Secretary-General ...

Moroccan King pardons thousands, including 'Hirak' protesters

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Moroccan King pardons thousands, including 'Hirak' protesters

An official statement announced 4,764 people were to be pardoned, including some detained during the months of protests in the ...

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Morocco adopts law confirming Berber as official language

Moroccan lawmakers have unanimously approved a bill that confirms the Berber language's official status, eight years after it was preliminarily recognised in a new constitution.

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Thousands protest in Morocco for release of Rif activists

The Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or 'Popular Movement', protests took hold in the country's marginalised Rif region in October 2016.

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Jailed Morocco protest leader 'sews lips together'

Nasser Zefzafi has sewn his lips together after losing an appeal against a 20-year prison term for leading the Hirak protest movement, which ...

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Morocco upholds sentences against Hirak protesters

The Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or "Popular Movement", protests took hold in the country's marginalised Rif region in October 2016.

Morocco's crackdown on deadly mining shafts

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Morocco's crackdown on deadly mining shafts

Jerada has been at the centre of international outrage since two brothers died mining in unauthorised shafts.

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Morocco trials of al-Hirak al-Shaabi activists 'flawed': Amnesty International

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

Displaced Syrian women speak out in Lebanon

Roshan De Stone and David Suber

Displaced Syrian women speak out in Lebanon

Syrian women have borne much of the consequences of war. Now with one third of refugees' households headed by females, many carry the dual ...

Morocco accused of 'regression of human rights'

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Morocco accused of 'regression of human rights'

The total number of people detained or on wanted lists because of 'critical opinions' or 'activities within protest movements' in the ...

Jailed Moroccan protest leader ends hunger strike

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Jailed Moroccan protest leader ends hunger strike

The leader of Morocco's main protest movement has ended a nearly week-long hunger strike.

Convicted leader of Morocco protest movement on hunger strike

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Convicted leader of Morocco protest movement on hunger strike

The jailed leader of a Moroccan protest movement began a hunger strike on Thursday to protest against prison conditions, weeks after he was ...

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Morocco king pardons jailed Hirak protesters for Eid al-Adha

Scores of Moroccan protesters were released from jail on Tuesday, as King Mohammed announced a pardon to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday.

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Morocco king sacks economy minister amid unrest

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

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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.

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HRW slams Morocco over journalist's 3-year jail term

Hamid el Mahdaoui was sentenced in June for "not denouncing" attempts to harm state security

Thousands rally in Morocco for jailed <em>Rif</em> 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 ...

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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.

So long to freedom of expression in Morocco

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 ...

Morocco sentences <em>Rif</em> protest leader to 20 years

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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 ...

Moroccans on trial boycott hearing in mass protest case

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Moroccans on trial boycott hearing in mass protest case

Dozens of defendants on trial in Morocco for taking part in a mass protest movement last year have boycotted a hearing in Casablanca, denouncing ...

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