25 August 2014

Morocco - the Series of Violations Against the Political Detainees Continues By Torturing and Solitary Confinement

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the violations committed against the prisons and political prisoners in the Moroccan prisoners by the prisons' administration; as on August 20, 2014 the administration of "Tolal 2" prison assaulted Islamist prisoners, inspected, tortured and solitary confined them. Also, in Okach prison in Casablanca, the administration put "Moaz Belgwat" in the solitary confinement and imposed permennat censorship on it.

On Wedensday, August 20, 2014 the administration of "Tolal 2″, inspected the cell of Islamists; "Hassan al-Younisi", "Ezz al-Deen al-Atas" and "Mohamed al-Qerawni" and they were taken to an open place. Then they were beaten and cursed in addition to stripping and torturing them. It is worth to mention that the reason behind that was they have a mobile phone and so they continued the punishment by cutting off the electricty from all the prisoners and detainees at 12 after night, which arouse the anger of the prisoners and the detainees and led them to protest to find a large number of prisoners and guards attacking them and took 30 others to the solitary confinement as a punishment for cutting off the electricty.

The administration of "Okacha" had recently put the political detainee and the raper "Moaz", known as "al-Haked" who is serving a sentence of four months in the solitary confinment along with imposing a permenant gurdanhisp and preventing him from following news, newspapers or taking any writing tools. It is worth to be mentioned that he is one of the "20th of Feburary" movement's activists and he is the main singer of it. He was arrested on May 18, 2014 among Raja Casablanca audience in al-Mkanaha during a football match and chanting some of his songs and fabricated some charges against him, such as trading in the football matches tickets in the black market and assaulting the security personnel. He was sentenced in the first of July by 4 months imprisonement and it is worth to be mentioned that he was arrested several times before due to his poiltical songs and was imprisoned for one year on 2012 on allegations of producing a vedio that includes insulting pictures to the police officers. The security men didn't stop harassing him after that, as they banned a meeting prepared by him with activists with journalists to present the new album "Walaw" on last Feburary. He prepared these songs during his arrest in 2012 and the album included 14 songs criticized the system of governance and the imprisonment adiministrations. The Ministry of Interior refused to comment on the banning in order to be arrested after that during chanting such songs amid the audience in the match and then accusations were fabricated against him and was imprisoned for four months.

"the acts of the authorities and the prison administrations is a serious violation to the safety and the right of the prisoners and political detainees. It is also from the beginning a violation to the freedom of expression", ANHRI says.

ANHRI demands from the authorities the necessity to release the political detainees and also who is arrested on a backdrop of freedom of expression cases. ANHRI also demands the stop of all violations committed against the detainees and also to investigate such facts and punishing the responsible for it because this is a violation to the international charters and covenants on human rights. Therefore, to release them and enusre their safety and their full rights according to the law.

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