Category Archives: Morocco

“The conflict in Western Sahara is the last case of decolonization in Africa”: Malainin Lakhal

by Milena Rampoldi

In the following an important interview with the Saharawi journalist and political activist Malainin Lakhal. We talked about his biography, his fight for the Western Sahara, about Moroccan colonialism, and about the important of poetry and political struggle for the forgotten Saharawi people living in the last colony in Africa.

Moroccan women stand up against political detentions

For the past few months, Morocco has been shaken by a historical social movement: Hirak. Created in one of the marginalised regions of Morocco, Rif, Hirak was born after the tragic death of Mohsin Fikri, a fish vendor ground in a garbage truck while trying to retrieve his confiscated merchandise. Hirak is a social movement that demands social justice and fights against marginalisation. As an answer to the significance of Hirak, the Moroccan state chose to launch a repressive campaign. Indeed, in the Rif, in general, and, Al Hoceima, in particular, over 150 persons were arrested.

A new blow to the Moroccan diplomacy in the capital of its Senegalese ally: the African Union is still hard to corrupt

by Malainin Lakhal

For the second time, the Kingdom of Morocco failed to impose its colonial agenda on the African Union during the meetings held in capitals of the closest friends of Rabat. After failing to obstruct the Saharawi participation, (even though only with the name and flag of the SADR) in Malabo last year, Morocco failed again to impede the Saharawi participation in a joint ECA-AUC meeting in Dakar, Senegal. Furthermore, all the attendees, without exception, were surprised by the Moroccan diplomacy’s childish behaviors and zealous attempts to impose things that none can accept.

Morocco continues the arbitrary expulsion of international observers from Western Sahara

Throughout 2016, Adala UK recorded 85 cases of arbitrary expulsion of international observers (including human rights defenders and journalists) from Western Sahara by Morocco. They were accused of ‘disturbing public order’ for their attempts to observe the situation regarding human rights.

Morocco: the suicide of Khadija Souidi, raped and tortured, reopens the debate on the impunity of aggressors

On Saturday, July 30, when she poured fuel on her head   and set herself on fire in the street, Khadija Souidi wanted to end the nightmare that she had endured for nearly a year. By her actions, she also wanted to send a message to her family and neighbours in Ben Guerir, an arid town located 70 km north of Marrakech. The message was received, but Khadija is not there to see it.