Al Hoceima Protests Peaceful Demands Legitimate Moroccos Human Rights Council

Rabat – The president of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) has called the protests in Al Hoceima city and its neighboring areas ‘peaceful’ and their demands ‘legitimate’.Invited as a guest on Moroccan TV show, “Dayf Al Oula,” on Tuesday, CNDH president Driss El Yazami, said that “protests in Morocco have increased from 10,000 to 16,000 protests per year,” noting that is a “healthy phenomenon shows that Moroccan citizens are aware of their rights and take to the streets peacefully to call for them.”Talking about the law of protests in Morocco, El Yazami said that the principle is “to inform authorities, not [receive] authorization,” saying that one of the recommendations that the CNDH issued is to “request for a permission” to stage a demonstrations. El Yazami went on further to say that the CNDH has a responsibility to proactively intervene if there is tension may lead to the violation of human rights.“We have followed [the protests] from the very beginning,” he said. “More than 99 percent of freedom of speech and protests are guaranteed in the Rif [Al Hoceima region].”El Yazami added that most demonstrations were peaceful except for a case of a protest where some police were put at risk of harm.“However, all that appeared is that the demonstrations are peaceful, carrying social legitimate rights,” he reiterated.El Yazami noted that the language used by the protestors sometimes cannot be “accepted,” such as the “underestimation of the association,” adding that it can hinder the council from playing the role of a mediator.The seven months of protests in Al Hoceima came following the death of Mouhcine Fikri, the fishmonger who was crushed to death in a trash compactor while protesting the confiscation of his merchandise by authorities on October 28, 2016. read more