The World Forum on Human Rights under high surveillance in Marrakech

The ASDHOM (Association de Défense des Droits de l’Homme au Maroc) just been alerted by the case of two association leaders who left France to participate in the Forum and who bore the brunt of a obsessively thorough frisking by the Moroccan customs agents at Marrakech airport. Even before its kickoff, the World Forum of Human Rights produced its first victims: Two human rights activists, an Algerian and a Tunisian.

Nassera DUTOUR, president of the Euro-Mediterranean Federation against Enforced Disappearances (FEMED) watched as her documents were confiscated on arrival at the Marrakech airport, by Moroccan customs officials — documents that would not have been appreciated by customs since they included passages from the UN High Commission on Human Rights with a map of Morocco showing a dotted line separating the Western Sahara.
Mohiedine Cherbib, president of the Committee for the Respect of Liberties and Human Rights in Tunisia (CRLDHT), who made the trip with Dutour, protested against this attack on freedom of expression. They both decided to stay at Moroccan customs in the Marrakech airport to protest and demand the return of these confiscated documents.
At the time of this writing, the two human rights activists are still inside the airport and have been there since 2pm today.
This confirms, unfortunately, what we said from what MFHR when ASDHOM had decided not to go. The Moroccan government seeks international recognition and a go-ahead at the same time as it blithely tramples basic freedoms. The ASDHOM, in turn, denounced these practices and unconditionally supports Nacera DUTOUR and Mohiedine Cherbib.

In the pictures below you can see the documents that were confiscated by the Moroccan douane and their”receipt”.

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