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Harvard Journal: Hicham Alaoui Discussing Current Trends in North Africa Including the Rif Crisis

Hicham Alaoui

Hicham Alaoui , Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Weather head Center for International Affairs, sits down with Anna Boots, Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal for Middle East Politics and Policy, to discuss current trends in North African politics, including Tunisia’s nascent democracy, North Africa’s unique position in the Middle East region, and ongoing protests in Morocco’s Rif region. Prince Hicham Alloaui …

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Amnesty: Morocco Must Release Protesters, Activists and Journalists Detained over Rif Protests

amnesty

Amnesty International has today voiced serious concern about the situation of “prisoners of conscience” in Morocco and urged the Moroccan authorities to immediately release more than 400 of detained over protests in Morocco’s neglected Rif region. “The crackdown on Rif protesters in recent months has been relentless. The authorities must free Nasser Zefzafi and others detained for protesting peacefully or covering …

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Malika Mezzane Released From Jail After 2 Months

Malika Mezzane

Rabat, Nov 17, 2017  Malika Mezzane whose 2-month sentence for criminal threat and discrimination against Arabs in a video she published on social media, sparked a national outcry, was released from jail Friday morning after serving two-month sentence. Malika Mezzane is an Amazigh secular poet and human right activist, known for her intrepid writings and her unconditional support for Kurdistan and it’s referendum.

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Commemorating The Battle of El Herri

El Herri

The Battle of El Herri (also known as Elhri) was fought between France and the Amazigh Zaian Confederation on 13 November 1914. It took place at the small settlement of El Herri, near Khénifra in the French protectorate in Morocco. The battle was part of the Zaian War, in which the confederation of tribes sought to oppose continued French expansion …

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Thousands Pack Rotterdam to Mark 1st Anniversary of Mouhcine Fikri’s Death

Rotterdam

Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Rotterdam, the second-biggest city in the Netherlands, earlier today, to commemorate the first anniversary of Mouhcine Fikri’s tragic death, crushed to death in a garbage truck on October 28th 2016, as he attempted to retrieve fish that had been confiscated by Morocco police. The incident sparked a wave of demonstrations in Morocco’s neglected Rif …

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UN Committee Against Torture to Investigate Reports of Torture in Morocco

Torture

The United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) is due to conduct a special investigation visit to Morocco from October 22 to 28, to assess closely its international and domestic law torture prohibition obligations, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights website. The investigation is in light of information it has received about claims of torture and other mistreatment made by detained …

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Detained Rif Activists End 38-Day Hunger Strike

Rif activists

  Dozens of hunger-striking Rif activists detained in the Oukacha prison in Casablanca including Nabil Ahamjik, Mohamed Jelloul and Rabii Al Ablaq, decided today to end their 38-day hunger strike following a request by their families and the Riffain community in Rif as well as in diaspora. Since May 2017, Morocco police have arrested more than 270 people over the Rif protests, many of them …

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Tiwizi in the Social Life of the Amazigh People

Tiwizi

By Ahmed Goughrabou Tiwizi is voluntary work provided by a group of villagers to help a member of the village accomplish a task he or she cannot do alone. By means of Tiwizi, many peasants carry out some agricultural labors requiring important manpower such as olive picking and other harvests. Tiwizi is generally extended for individuals, but sometimes it is …

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