Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy Zemla Intifada and Brahim Sabbar freedom day (belated)

38 years and 6 days ago, Sahrawis in the Zemla neighborhood of El Aiaun read a petition calling for an end to the Spanish occupation. Spanish police swooped in to arrest the Sahrawi leaders, the Sahrawis resisted, and eleven Sahrawis were killed.

In happier news, Brahim Sabbar got out of jail Tuesday! Sabbar's house has been monitored since his release, and visitors (including Mohammed Daddach) have been harassed and even assaulted by Moroccan police.


  1. Anonymous8:31 PM

    Report warns Morocco over human rights

    RABAT (AFP) — A leading Moroccan rights organisation said Tuesday that "slight" improvements in the country's record over 2007 were outweighed by a heavy police crackdown earlier this month.

    "The general trend shows that achievements are fragile and setbacks are serious," said Khadija Riadi, president of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH).

    Riadi was presenting a report on 2007, which also covered the first half of 2008 -- marked, she said, by one of the "most flagrant examples" she had encountered of human rights repression as police broke up a demonstration by unemployed youths.

    "These are the consequences of a policy of impunity and of the protection of those responsible for breaching human rights," she added.

    Violent clashes left an official toll amounting to 48 people including 27 police officers injured in the southwestern Moroccan port of Sidi Ifni, in turn triggering tension between the government and the media which led to the Moroccan bureau chief of Arab satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera being charged with publishing false information.

    The AMDH condemned the decision to revoke Hassan Rachidi's media accreditation. An official from the Moroccan committee for human rights, Ibrahim Sebaa El Layl, is also being taken to trial after he told a press conference that several protesters had died, information Rachidi then broadcast.

    Riadi's group also criticised authorities for the imprisonment of journalist Mustapha Hormatallah, sentenced to seven months in 2007 for publishing "confidential documents" relating to ani-terror security efforts.

    More generally, the report said that parliamentary elections took place within the framework of an "un-democratic constitution" and cited seven cases where individual citizens had been kidnapped.

    AMDH activists have also faced legal proceedings for "attacking sacred values," they said, including the institutions of the monarchy, Islam or Rabat's official position on the disputed Western Sahara territory.

    "The year in Morocco saw retreats on the civic and political, economic, social and cultural fronts," the report's authors stated.

    "If there is a limited platform in Morocco for freedom of expression and the editorial line of newspapers, that in no way implies that we are living in a healthy rights climate," Riadi underlined.

    "What the countries of north Africa as a whole have in common is the absence of rights guaranteed by the state," added a former president of the group, Abdelhamid Amine.

  2. and some Moroccans still eat M6 propaganda...

    aren't they blind?


    AX 20:13


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