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KINGDOM OF MOROCCO:
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST DETAINED IN MOROCCO

Update info:
4 Jun 2018
Country:
KINGDOM OF MOROCCO
Subject:
Zine El Abidine Erradi
m/f: m
Period:
4 Jul 2018
Distribution date:
4 Jun 2018
UA No:
076/2018

On 5 April, Moroccan authorities arrested Zine El Abidine Erradi upon his arrival from France at Agadir airport in Morocco. He is a human rights defender with refugee status in France.

After his arrest, he was transferred to Sidi Ifni police station. On 6 April, the Public Prosecutor of the Court of Appeal in Agadir confirmed his arrest on the basis of a warrant issued in absentia in December 2014 by the same court. He is now held in Ait Melloul Local Prison, near Agadir, 160 kilometers far away from the southwestern city of Sidi Ifni, where his family lives. According to his family, he is sleeping on a slab in a cell with 17 other detainees. Zine El Abidine Erradi has been on hunger strike from 9 to 19 April to protest against his arbitrary detention. During the hunger strike he has been hospitalized twice.

Zine El Abidine Erradi was convicted in 2011 to 1 year prison term, and fined 5.000 dirhams (around US$522) for his participation in the public protest of the 20 February movement in Sidi Ifni on trumped-up charges including violence and insults to public officers and destroying public properties. But he has not served the sentence and the authorities did not issue an arrest warrant until 2014. Zine El Abidine Erradi fled from Morocco in 2015 to claim asylum in Europe, fearing prosecution because of his human rights work. In July 2017, he obtained his refugee status and 10 years residence in France. On 5 April, he was travelling to Morocco as an exceptional measure to visit his family after his father’s death, after the French authorities provided him on 27 March with a travel document allowing him to go to Morocco without losing his refugee status in France.

Zine El Abidine Erradi is a former political prisoner in Morocco. He is a founding member of the association Ifni Memory and Rights in Sidi Ifni and member of Moroccan Association for Human Rights in Paris. Before leaving Morocco, he was arrested twice and prosecuted three times for his work in defense of human rights.

Take action

Please write immediately in Arabic, French or your own language urging Moroccan authorities to:

  • Drop all charges against Zine El Abidine Erradi and immediately and unconditionally release him, as he is held solely for his peaceful work in defense of human rights;
  • Ensure that, while detained, he has access to an independent health professional providing health care in compliance with medical ethics, including the principles of confidentiality, autonomy, and informed consent;
  • Grant his safe return to France.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 04 JULY 2018 TO:
Director of General Administration for Prison Administration and Reinsertion
Mohamed Saleh Tamek
Angle Avenue Arar et rue El-Jouz
Hay El Riyad, Rabat, Morocco
Fax: + 212 5 37 71 26 19
Salutation: Dear Sir

Minister of Justice
Mohammed Aujjar
Ministry of Justice and Liberties
Place El Mamounia – BP 1015
Rabat, Morocco
Fax: + 212 5 37 72 13 737
Twitter: @MincomMa 
Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:
Minister of State for Human Rights
Mustapha Ramid
Inter-ministerial Delegation for Human Rights 
Avenue Ibn Sina et rue Oued El Makhazine, Agdal, Rabat
Fax: +212 5 37 67 11 55
Email: contact@didh.gov.ma
Twitter: @didh_mar

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:

UA: 76/18 Index: MDE 29/8256/2018 Issue Date: 23 May 2018