Stop Torture: Morocco must ensure justice for Ali Aarrass and implement safeguards against torture

Ali Aarrass was held incommunicado by Moroccan authorities in a secret detention center where he says he was beaten on the soles of his feet, subjected to electric shocks to his testicles and suspended for long periods from the wrists. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said that he was convicted on the sole basis of a confession extracted under torture. Call for justice for Ali Aarrass and other survivors of torture in Morocco. Read More »

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Message Recipients: Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Justice
Ali Aarrass was tortured for 12 days by officials from the General Directorate for the Surveillance of the Territory (DST). He was held incommunicado in a secret detention center in Témara, Morocco where he alleges he was beaten on the soles of his feet, experienced electric shocks to his testicles and was suspended for long periods from the wrists.

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) said that he was convicted on the sole basis of a confession extracted under torture.

We call on you to:
- Implement the decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention calling for Ali Aarrass’ immediate release.
- Order that an independent and impartial investigation be opened into the torture of Ali Aarrass, and that his case be reconsidered in a fair trial excluding any confessions obtained under torture or duress.
- Institute video-recording and/or compulsory presence of defence lawyers during police interrogations in pre-arraignment detention as a safeguard against torture or ill-treatment.
- Keep a centralized and unified register of detainees accessible to concerned parties (relatives and friends, lawyers, government officials) at all times.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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