9 October 2013

Morocco: The Activist "Fetiha Al-Halwi" Detained and Tortured Because of Her Peaceful Activity

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) expresses its strong condemnation of the uninterrupted prosecution of the political and human rights activists along with the opinion makers by the Moroccan authorities so as to gag them and preventing them from using legitimate right in the political participation.

On October 5, the Moroccan security forces arrested "Fetiha Al-Halwi", the prominent activist in 20 February Movement in Casablanca. She was detained in Lissasfa police station without mentioning any reasons and she was violently beaten till she got wounded in many parts of her body. Then, she was taken to "Ebn Roshd" hospital. Fetiha is in a serious condition due to the violent torture that she faces. On Sunday October 6, after she was rescued, the security bodies transferred her to the police station in Alhessani district. She was referred to the misdemeanor circuit, at the Court of the First Instance, due to the accusation of insulting a security fellow during the course of his work. The court decided to release Fetiha and put it under follow-up till the trumped-up primary sessions on 26 October.

It is worth mentioning that the security forces had arrested the activist "Hamza Huda", the former political prisoner and the son of the activist "Fetiha Al-Halwi", in addition to his colleagues in the Casablanca Coordination at Moroccan Association of Human Rights, on account of searching for the activist and observing the violations she faced. The colleagues are "Rabie Homazin" and "Moaz Khalofy".

Such a flagrant violation that the activist face besides arresting and her son and his colleague because the observe the encroachments that Fetiha faces, reveals the policy of terrorizing and torture followed by the Moroccan authorities against the opposition and the human rights activists as well.

It is believed that abstaining from mentioning the reasons of the violent attack on the activist "Fetiha Al-Halwi" is because the aim of retaliate upon her as she constantly support the members of 20 February Movement, especially during the period of their arbitrary detention, or at the aim of terrorizing her so as to stop supporting her activity, which calls for democracy and reform in Morocco.

"Using the security and repressive solutions is remarkably escalating in Morocco at the current period. The security bodies are allowed to address the political and human rights activists as well as to repress the peaceful protests, moreover, the state prosecute the journalists and opinion makers. This matter makes Morocco become one of the countries that based on the repression and gagging the opposition", said ANHRI.

The prominent journalist Ali Anzoula, ANHRI said, who is detained in Morocco since 17 September, is being stood trial and threatened with imprisonment for years over the charge of supporting terrorism against the backdrop of posting videos on the site "Lakom"; although it was proven that he wasn't responsible for posting the video. Even though, the authorities continue his trial.

ANHRI calls on the Moroccan authorities to stop using the security solutions as well as to stop torturing the activists and opponents against the backdrop of their activities. ANHRI also demands to hold those who tortured the activist and her son accountable. Further, it stress on the necessity of releasing the journalist Ali Anzoula.

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