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Moroccan journalist Omar Radi sentenced to six years in prison

Radi was arrested in July 2020 on charges including sexual assault and espionage, which have been termed as politically motivated by rights groups. His colleague Imad Stitou was also convicted for “participation in rape” and sentenced to one year in prison

Polisario Front chief leaves Spain after top court rejects pleas for his arrest

The Polisario Front, which is fighting for independence of Western Sahara from Morocco, claimed that allegations of war crimes against chief Brahim Ghali are Morocco’s attempts to discredit the movement

Thousands of migrants sent back by Spain

Over the past week, thousands of migrants who arrived at the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from Morocco were repressed and forced back. Spanish security personnel used metal batons and smoke bombs at them

Moroccan migrants in Spain Spain cracks down on migrants after mass border crossing

The migrants were intercepted by Spanish security personnel patrolling the borders and at least 5,600 were sent back to Morocco by May 19. Meanwhile, hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children remain stranded in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta

Contract teachers on strike in Morocco

Teachers demanding the end of contract-hiring and their integration into the public sector, gave a call for a three-day national strike beginning Sunday, March 21

Morocco's violations in Western Sahara Activists warn resumption of armed conflict in Western Sahara over Morocco’s continued violations

The Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders in Western Sahara (CODESA) has called on the International Red Cross to immediately establish its humanitarian operation in the region as the situation is deteriorating in the occupied territories due to Moroccan aggression against the Sahrawi people

25 textile workers in Tangier, Morocco killed in industrial accident in illegal factory

The deaths were reportedly caused by electrocution in the illegal underground factory after it was flooded by rain water

Morocco and the Grand Bargain with US and Israel

According to the deal, the US will recognize Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara territory in return for Morocco establishing diplomatic relations with Israel

Morocco-Israel normalization Moroccan authorities use force to prevent pro-Palestine rally

The protesters were trying to take out a march opposing Morocco’s deal to normalize its ties with Israel. In exchange for the deal, the US has agreed to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the occupied Western Sahara

Sahrawis condemn US recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara

In return of US recognition of its rights over Western Sahara, Morocco has agreed to “normalize” its relations with Israel. The United Nations and the majority of the world does not recognize Moroccan claims of sovereignty over the territory.   

Polisario Front denounces Moroccan aggression in Western Sahara  

Moroccan forces entered the UN-designated buffer zone in the Western Sahara on Friday to attack a peaceful demonstration of Sahrawi people demanding independence from Moroccan occupation and a referendum for self-determination 

Moroccan journalist Hamid el-Mahdaoui released from prison

A long-term critic of the government in Morocco, Mahdouni was arrested in 2017 for his alleged participation in the Hirak-Rif movement

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