Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Seven human rights defenders have to stand trial in Morocco. Five of them 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.

Update 24 May 2017
Once again the trial has been postponed. The new date is 11 September 2017.
Update 25 Jan. 2017

The trial has yet again been postponed, the new date is 24 May 2017.
Update 26 Oct. 2016 
The trial has yet again been postponed, the new date is 25 Jan 2017.
Update 29 June 2016 
It has been postponed once more. They now have to stand trial on 26 October 2016.
Update 23 March 2016 
For the third time, the trial of the seven people has been postponed to 29 June 2016.
Update 27 Jan. 2016 
Still no #Justice4Morocco as the trial has been postponed to 23 March 2016. 
Update 19 Nov 2015 
The trial of these seven human rights defenders has been postponed untill 27 Jan 2016.

Twitter: #Justice4Morocco

These seven are committed to promoting and protecting the human rights in Morocco: 

Abdessamad Iach

Abdessamad Iach

His fight for human rights, has him fighting for his freedom

Charge: Threatening the internal security of the State
Abdessamad is a journalist, human rights defender and idealist. He believes that honest information and shared effort can make a difference. In light of this, he has devoted his working life to the promotion and protection of human rights in Morocco. He has worked with various organizations such as the Association Marocaine pour le Journalisme d'Investigation (AMJI), Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH), and Centre Ibn Rochd d'Etudes et de Communication. As an experienced journalist Abdessamad does not only use his skills to provide the public with unbiased, honest information. He has also become a leader in the community by coordinating training sessions for young, aspiring journalists. It is this work that has him fighting for his own freedom. If convicted, Abdessamad can face up to five years in prison.

Hicham Mansouri

 Hicham Mansouri

A human rights defender behind bars

Charge: Threatening the internal security of the State
Hicham is a passionate journalist. He has dedicated himself to the promotion of investigative journalism in Morocco. As a Moroccan human rights defender, investigative journalist and project manager at the Association Marocaine pour le Journalisme d'Investigation (AMJI), he works tirelessly to promote freedom of expression and the right to information in Morocco. Hicham coordinated professional journalism training sessions for the Centre Ibn Rochd d'Etudes et de Communication and has been an exceptional coordinator for Free Press Unlimited training sessions. Now he faces charges for his human rights work. If convicted, Hicham can face up to five years in prison.

Hisham Almiraat

Hisham Almiraat

A journalist that would not be silenced

Charge: Threatening the internal security of the State

Hisham Almiraat (real name Hisham Khribchi) is a medical doctor by trade. He is also a political blogger and commentator. Hisham has dedicated his life to promoting freedom of information and expression. As the former Director of Advocacy for Global Voices online, he spent much of his time promoting freedom of expression across the globe. Hisham has contributed to many publications including for Foreign Policy and the BBC. He recently set up the Association des Droits Numeriques (ADN), the first organization in Morocco dedicated to raising awareness about promoting and undertaking digital research on digital rights. Hisham also worked for Free Press Unlimited where he not only educated young journalists on digital security, but coordinated training sessions to enhance their professional skills. If convicted, Hisham can face up to five years in prison.

Maâti Monjib

Maati Monjib

A historian and human rights defender

Charge: Threatening the internal security of the State

Maâti Monjib is a human rights defender who has dedicated his life to ensuring justice prevails. He is a political analyst, journalist and historian. Maâti founded the Centre Ibn Rochd d'Etudes et de Communication, an organization dedicated to training journalists and media practitioners and promoting discourse on human rights and social issues. He has facilitated several activities for international media development organizations such as Free Press Unlimited, that promote investigative journalism, ethics, professional skills and digital media. Now he is on trial for his right to free speech and association. If convicted, Maâti can face up to five years in prison.

Maria Moukrim

Maria Moukrim

An investigative journalist with a passion for the truth

Charge: Receiving foreign funding without notifying the General Secretariat of the government

Maria Moukrim is an investigative journalist who dedicates her work to shining a light on issues that matter most and has led several ground-breaking reports. Her work as a journalist has sometimes put her in risky situations, but this has never kept her from doing her job. Maria has over 15 years of experience in the field of journalism. She was the co-founder of the Arabic-language weekly Assahifa, the first independent paper in Morocco (1998-2000) and chief editor of the weekly Moroccan Arabic Al Ayam based in Casablanca (2000-2012). Maria was also the President of the Association Marocaine pour le Journalisme d'Investigation (AMJI) and co-founder of electronic media Febrayer. She devotes her spare time to educating the new generation of journalists through journalism training. Maria was an excellent trainer for Free Press Unlimited projects. If convicted, Maria can face large fines.

Mohamed Essabr

Mohammed Sabbr

An advocate of youth education and supporter of freedom of expression

Charge: Threatening the internal security of the State

Mohamed Essabr has dedicated his work to the education of Moroccan Youth. As director of Association Marocaine pour l'Education de la Jeunesse (AMEJ), he contributes to the future of the Moroccan youth. His efforts later extended to journalistic education. Together with Free Press Unlimited, a training for journalists and citizen journalists on digital media was organized. This training focused on professional and ethical journalism for citizens and reporters, a way to enhance professional journalism and aid free speech in Morocco. He is now facing trial for his efforts to support freedom of expression and could face up to five years in prison.

Rachid Tarik

Rachid Tarik

An investigative journalist and leader in the media community

Charge: Receiving foreign funding without notifying the General Secretariat of the government.

Rachid Tarik is more than an investigative journalist. During his career he wrote and published articles in different news papers, but the last decade he wrote for Le Matin du Sahara. In 2010 he won the first prize of the investigative journalism award, after which he also became juror for the award. In addition he devoted himself to the development of media in Morocco. As a prominent speaker at several journalism conferences and the director of Association Marocaine du Journalisme d'Investigation (AMJI) he applied himself to the cultivation of freedom of information and freedom of expression. His belief in the value of fair, balanced, investigative journalism now has him on trial. If convicted he can face heavy fines.