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Stockholm - Skyline International for Human Rights strongly condemns the ongoing repression of protests by Moroccan security authorities against corruption. It also condemns the escalation of human rights violations and the increase in political arrests. It stresses that such practices constitute a serious violation of international rules guaranteeing the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

I In a statement released today (Thursday), Skyline says it is following with great concern the "unjustified repression" of the protest organized by the Moroccan Association for Human Rights last Monday night in Kenitra city, during which security forces used excessive force to prevent a peaceful demonstration.

Skyline notes that the Moroccan association had called on activists and individuals to demonstrate on the occasion of International Human Rights Day to protest the deteriorating human rights situation in the country. However, it was surprised by the presence of large crowds of security forces, who were quick to use force against the demonstrators.

Skyline refers in this context to the statement of the Moroccan Association, which strongly condemns "all forms of prevention and repression of peaceful protests in the city" and denounces "the deteriorating situation of public freedoms in Morocco - especially in Kenitra - by depriving many political and trade union institutions of the right to receive the receipt for registration."

The association also denounced "the ongoing arbitrary arrests of journalists, bloggers, social media activists, and protest movement activists, led by Rif movement activists."In this context, "Skyline" condemns the repression of the protests of farmers in front of the Ministry of Agriculture and the march they organized to the Parliament, protesting against the disastrous conditions in which they live.

 

Accordingly, Skyline notes that the Moroccan apparatus has worked to obstruct the march called by the Moroccan Social Front last week and attended by dozens of associations, federations, and parties to demonstrate against "high prices and repression".

The Human Rights Foundation "Skyline" believes that the circumstances of the attack on the demonstration called by the Moroccan Association for Human Rights were based on illegal political grdissides. This constitutes an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression. Skyline therefore points out that such practices reflect the influence and power of the Moroccan authorities in the unjustified persecution of dissidents and activists.

Furthermoore, Skyline emphasizes that the repeated arrests and prosecutions of activists and dissidents by Moroccan authorities are contrary to the provisions of international conventions, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.."

Skyline International concludes its statement by calling on Moroccan authorities to cease all forms of persecution and subpoenaing of activists and opposition figures, stressing that the government's role should be to provide an appropriate atmosphere in which individuals can express their views freely.