International observers at session of Riffian activists

At the moment there are four international observers in the court of Casablanca to draw up a report on the judicial process concerning the detainees of the Riffian popular movement.
The report will then be sent to, among others, the United Nations. The group of observers consists of three Spaniards and one Swede, led by Juan Soroeta, president of the organization La Asociación Internacional para la Observación de los Derechos Humanos (AIODH) and professor specializing in international law at the University of San Sebastian.

The visit of these international observers is the result of intensive consultation between the human rights organization Freedom & Human Rights Organization (FHRO) and Juan Soroeta, president of AIODH. After consultation between FHRO and the president of AIODH, it was agreed to send four observers to the session of the Riffian activists in Casablanca.

FHRO states the following: ” It is important that international observers see what kind of theater the Moroccan public prosecutor puts up and in what circumstances the Riffian activists are tried ”.
FHRO explains why the report of these international observers is very important; “The report can be used as a source by international institutions and organizations, such as the European Parliament and other human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch”.

A member of FHRO said the following to ArifNews: ” The report commissioned by FHRO and AIODH will give us the opportunity to launch other initiatives at different levels, but it is now too early to discuss this in detail ”.

A source from the advocacy team of the Riffian activists has told Arifnews that today’s session is important because it is the last chance for the court to declare the police hearings of the activists invalid. The chance that it happens is very small according to the lawyer. But if that were to happen, the court would indirectly confirm that police interrogations were taken under pressure from police violence to obtain the desired interrogations.
” More importantly, the Moroccan regime can give a clear signal that she wants to solve the file of the Riffian prisoners within the court without forcing their families to ask for pardon, ” said the lawyer.

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