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

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.

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 long-marginalised northern Rif region.

Thousands protest in Morocco for release of Rif activists

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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.

Jailed Morocco protest leader 'sews lips together'

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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, ...

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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.

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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.

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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 Rif and ...

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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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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 ...

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 Rif 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 'undermining public ...

Morocco jails journalist for 4 years 'over Facebook post'

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Morocco jails journalist for 4 years 'over Facebook post'

A Moroccan court has sentenced a blogger and founder of a news website critical of the government to four years in prison for 'promoting ...

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 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, despite a largely successful PR campaign to whitewash government oppression.

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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'.

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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.

Hundreds arrested as unrest escalates in Morocco's Rif

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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.

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

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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 ...

Bahrain closes newspaper for 'supporting Morocco protests'

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Bahrain closes newspaper for 'supporting Morocco protests'

Bahrain's ministry of information suspended Al-Wasat for 'recurrent violation of the law, spreading that which would stir divisions within the ...

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