HRW accuses Rabat of using jail threat to silence critics

Human rights groups called Wednesday for the release of at least 10 Moroccan citizens arrested and prosecuted over the past…

Human rights groups called Wednesday for the release of at least 10 Moroccan citizens arrested and prosecuted over the past five months who “did nothing but peacefully express critical opinions”.

Those arrested include students, artists, citizen journalists and social media commentators, Human Rights Watch and the Moroccan Association for Human Rights said.

They face such charges as showing a “lack of due respect for the king”, “defaming state institutions” and “offending public officials”.

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