No Political Prisoners in Morocco Says Minister
During a recent interview, Morocco’s Minister of Justice and Liberties Mustapha Ramid denied [French] the existence of any current political prisoners among the kingdom’s 65,000 inmates. The same day as his remarks, however, the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) published [Arabic] a report saying at least 40 political prisoners remain in detention, not including those arrested since April, 2012. The report also details 645 cases of human rights violations involving physical and psychological abuses against protesters between February 20, 2011 and April 17, 2012.
In addition, police arrested opposition blogger Said Ziani Tuesday on drug trafficking charges. The arrest is the third in a recent string of drug trafficking charges made against opposition bloggers.
Finally, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI gave a speech Monday on the anniversary of his enthronement in which he called for a major reform of the judiciary and civil service, and put an emphasis on the need for “economic creativity” and expanded regional integration. “We need to pay special attention to setting in motion the institutions provided for in the new Constitution, including the ones relating to good governance, the fight against corruption, and the promotion of economic and social development in general,” the king said.