Blog archive: Morocco

  • 22nd June 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Moroccan army has set up an emergency field hospital to care for hundreds of strawberry packers who have tested positive for coronavirus over the last few days. The outbreak in Kenitra province, north of the capital, Rabat, is the biggest so far recorded in Morocco which has seen only 10,000...
  • 2nd June 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    By world standards, Morocco's Covid-19 epidemic was never very large and it's steadily getting smaller. At the peak in April, new cases were averaging more than 200 a day but the average during the past week has been only 43 a day. Between May 10 and the beginning of June, the number of...
  • 28th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Health authorities in Algeria and Morocco say they intend to continue treating Covid-19 patients with anti-malaria drugs despite safety concerns raised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Algeria claims to have had "great success" using hydroxychloroquine in combination with antibiotics...
  • 1st May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Police in Morocco have arrested more than 80,000 people during the last six weeks for violating the coronavirus lockdown, according to official figures from the Direction Générale de la Sûreté Nationale (DGSN). On Wednesday alone, 4,582 were arrested – the highest daily total so far. Other...
  • 22nd April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    More than 60 cases of Covid-19 have been detected at a prison in Morocco. This is the third outbreak in the country's jails which altogether hold about 80,000 prisoners. On April 8, a staff member staff at the vast Loudaya prison in the desert near Marrakesh was taken ill with the virus and...
  • 27th December 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Senior legal figures from Arab and African countries are gathering in Rabat today for the annual Middle East Law Conference. The three-day event is held under the patronage of Morocco's king. Justice ministers, public prosecutors and members of supreme courts from countries in the region...
  • 24th December 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A British organisation linked to the Trump-Russia affair is working with Saudi partners and the Moroccan justice ministry to hold a law conference in Rabat this week. Besides helping to host and publicise the event, the London Centre of International Law and Practice (LCILP) will...
  • 19th May 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A month after the US State Department published its annual country-by-country report on human rights, the Moroccan government has suddenly erupted in fury over the section about Morocco. On Tuesday, the interior ministry denounced the report as a list of "inventions" and "lies" and...
  • 8th July 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Five young males – one of them a minor – are reported to have been arrested by Moroccan tourism police for fast-breaking during Ramadan. According to Morocco World News they bought orange juice from a stall in Jamaa el Fna, the large square in Marrakesh. Article 222 of the...
  • 11th December 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For several weeks now, a Twitter account known as Le Makhzen or @chris_coleman24 has been posting what appear to be leaks from the Moroccan foreign ministry’s email traffic. This has mostly gone unnoticed outside Morocco, perhaps because the leaks have so far revealed little that...
  • 20th August 2014
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    The Rif mountains, home to a large portion of Morocco's cannabis farms. Photo: Chico Boomba In the article below, Alex Russell looks at renewed debate in Morocco about one of the country's most important (but illicit) agricultural products. The article was first published by...
  • 4th August 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      The power to grant a pardon can be a useful element in any country's legal system. It allows a measure of discretion in cases where the law is believed to have treated someone unfairly. But debates about the principle stretch back centuries – certainly to the time of Plato – and in...

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