(Washington, DC – Feb. 20, 2013) The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is deeply disturbed by the mistreatment and the military trial of 25 Sahrawi in Morocco. The RFK Center calls for a full investigation into the alleged torture of the prisoners and calls into question Morocco’s use of military courts in trying civilians.
On February 17, after more than two years of detention and a politically charged trial, a Moroccan Military Court in Rabat convicted 25 Sahrawi, including several well-known human rights activists, of offenses relating to violence during the dismantling of the Gdeim Izik protest camp by Moroccan security forces in 2010. The military court handed down sentences ranging from 20 years to life in prison to 23 of the Sahrawi. Today, those prisoners were beaten with batons and some of them put in isolation once they arrived in Salé prison where they will be serving out their sentences.
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