Sunday, October 16, 2005

Human rights protests over Morocco's mal treatment of African emigrants

Scores of Moroccan human rights activists demonstrated as an expression of denunciation to news rumored on maltreatment of African emigrants who use Morocco as a starting point to sneak into Europe.

Some 200 activists and passers by gathered near the parliament in the capital Rabat, and some of them chanted slogans in support of the emigrants, while they were carrying lit candles. Others carried banners on which written "Morocco can not be the police of migration to Europe" and "no for racism."

International and local legal groups say that the Moroccan authorities left hundreds of emigrants including pregnant women and children in the desert while others complained they were exposed to beating and starved to hunger. Moroccan officials denied these accusations. They said they honor human rights.


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