The lawyer believes that torture is systematic and not behavioral as claimed by state institutions.
Rabat – A lawyer for the Hirak Rif activists, Mohamed Aghnaj, has said that people in authority continue to violate human rights in Morocco, although the Ministry of Human Rights and the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) denies it.
Aghnaj made the statements in a press conference organized by the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) on Wednesday under the theme, “Public Rights and Freedoms Between National Laws and International Legislations.”
He added that the state denies the existence of torture and fails to hold perpetrators of torture and other human rights violations accountable.
Aghnaj asserted that, although 22 of the Hirak Rif activists have stated that they experienced several forms of torture, the government has not opened an investigation into the subject despite the international agreements against torture Morocco has ratified.
Although a CNDH report found that 15 Hirak activists were tortured, the lawyer said, the judicial system never considered or examined their cases.
He also pointed out that a leaked video showing a naked Nasser Zefzafi, a leader of the Hirak Rif movement, has not been investigated.
The Hirak Rif movement was a series of protests that broke out in October 2016 after the death of Mohcine Fikri, a Moroccan fish vendor from Al Hoceima in the north, who climbed into the back of a rubbish truck to retrieve his allegedly illegal merchandise. He was crushed to death as the rubbish crusher mechanism was activated.
Aghnaj stressed that torture actors enjoy impunity and that the state started prosecuting victims of torture, witnesses, and torture informants.
The lawyer revealed that in the past two decades approximately 20 people were accidentally killed as a result of excessive use of force, during the arrest and detention, with no serious investigation has been launched which means that torture is methodical and not behavioral as declared by state institutions.