Seven Moroccan human rights defenders and journalists are on trial. Five of the seven human rights defenders are charged with “threatening the internal security of the State” and face up to five years in prison. Two of them are charged with “receiving foreign funding without notifying the General Secretariat of the government” which can result in a fine. This is wrongful prosecution and violates fundamental freedoms of expression, speech, association and privacy. Read more about the Moroccan seven.
On Wednesday June 29, 2016 the trial of the seven human right defenders was postponed for the third time. The new court date for the case is scheduled for 26 October, 2016. It seems like the Moroccan authorities are deliberately postponing the trial. By delaying the case, they won't have to drop the charges of the wrongly accused seven.
Crackdowns on independent media, human rights defenders and civil society have led to a stifling environment that limits freedom of expression and association in Morocco. On June 23, 2016 Free Press Unlimited urged the French Members of Parliament present at the 'Roundtable on Human Rights and Press Freedom in Morocco' at the Assemblée nationale in Paris to to use their political leverage and bilateral relations with Morocco to exert pressure in the case of the seven Moroccan human rights activists and journalists on trial. Read our statement here.