Thursday , August 16 2018

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Woman Gets 2 Months in Prison for Supporting Hirak Rif

Bouchra El yahyaoui

The court of Al hoceima in Morocco’s Rif neglected region has sentenced Bouchra el yahyaoui to two months of prison and a fine of $500 for condemning the severe prison sentences for Hirak Rif activists on live media.Her fiancee also received earlier this month a prison sentence of 20 years.

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Amazigh Graffiti Artist Arrested in Morocco


TATA, MOROCCO The multi talented graffiti artist, Amazigh activist and painter who goes by the nickname, “Axil Tinsti” was arrested last Sunday by Morocco Police  after caught drawing a picture of  Nasser Zafzafi, leader of the Rif mass protests, on one of the walls in his home town of Tata in southwestern Morocco. Axil not only got arrested but the authorities also …

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Amnesty Slams Morocco Over Sentences Against Hirak Rif Activists

June 28, 2018 Amnesty International has censured heavy jail sentences handed down on June 26, 2018 to Hirak Rif activists, saying the guilty verdicts and heavy sentences returned in the cases of 53 Hirak protesters in Casablanca must be overturned due to the unfair nature of their trials. The London-based rights group said on Wednesday that protests leaders Nasser Zafzafi …

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Morocco Has Launched Another Crackdown in Jerada, Human Rights Watch says


Jerada, June 2018 Moroccan police responded to March 2018 protests in the impoverished mining town of Jerada with weeks of repression. Security forces used excessive force against protesters, recklessly drove a police van into a 16-year-old boy, who was severely injured, and arrested protest leaders and reportedly mistreated them in detention. Human Rights Watch said.

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Stef Blok Calls For Free Speech To Be Protected in Rif

Rabat, April 22, 2018 Following his working visit to Morocco yesterday, Mr Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands has expressed concerns about the ongoing repression in Morocco’s neglected Rif region and called on regime to ensure respect of freedom of expression, protect journalists, media workers, and fair trails for Rif ‘Hirak’ political detainees.

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Dutch Politicians Denied Entry to Morocco’s Neglected Rif Region

Casablanca, April 11, 2018 The Dutch politicians Lilianne Ploumen and Kati Piri, Member of the European Parliament, announced today a premature end of their working visit to Morocco due to permission denial -by Moroccan authorities- for their request to visit Al Hoceima and Nador in Morocco’s neglected Rif region. “Our visit was announced two months ago with a prior agreement with Moroocan national …

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6th Anniversary of Azawad’s Declaration of Independence


April 6, 2018 April 6th marks the sixth anniversary of the declaration Azawad independence from the Republic of Mali, which sought to establish an independent Saharan state with a secular and democratic government. The declaration was announced on April 6 by Moussa ag Attaher The Spokesperson of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA). The declaration was issued in French and signed by The …

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‘Hirak’ Lawyer Abdessadek El Bouchtaoui Chooses to Exile in Europe

Al Hoceima March 21, 2018 Lawyer of the long-detained Hirak Rif activists & Human Rights defender, Abdessadek El Bouchattaoui, has reportedly left Morocco to seek asylum in Europe due to various types of  harassment and bullying behaviors he was facing on a daily basis, his lawyer wife in a statement yesterday. For the record, El Bouchtaoui was sentenced on February …

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Massicelia Amdik Crowned Miss Tizi Ouzou of 2018

Tizi-Ouzou, March 2018 Massicelia Amdik has been awarded the title of Miss Miss Tizi Ouzou of 2018, in a ceremony held at “La maison de la culture Mouloud Mammeri” in Tizi-Ouzou. The ceremony showcased the nomination of 5 candidates for the title from 50 applicants. The competition was based on special eligibilities including beauty, knowledge of Tamazight culture and mastery of …

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