The files of journalists Soulaimane Raissouni and Omar Radi still cause concern among international human rights bodies. UN special rapporteurs have seized the Moroccan government asking for more clarification on these two files before drafting their final report, which should be submitted to the Human Rights Council and the United Nations Secretary-General.
Thus, a correspondence was sent this Sunday, July 26 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, by the special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the special rapporteur on the right that everyone to enjoy the best possible state of physical and mental health, from the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and the special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, to the Moroccan government.
These rapporteurs wish, via their letter, to draw the attention of the Moroccan government to ” informations “That they received concerning” allegations that journalists human rights defenders Omar Radi and Soulaimane Raissouni, both detained and convicted possibly in connection with their journalistic work, have started a hunger strike and protested against their prolonged pre-trial detention and the charges brought against them ”.
As a reminder, was sentenced to 6 years in prison, which he is serving at Oukacha 1 prison in Casablanca. He is accused of ” foreign funding, undermining the internal security of the State ” and D'” indecent assault with violence and rape ”. While Soulaimane Raissouni was sentenced to 5 years in prison for “rape with violence and forcible confinement “ against an individual from the LGBT community.
The UN rapporteurs thus provided, in their correspondence to the Moroccan government, all the information they received on the two journalists Raissouni and Radi, in particular the reasons for their arrest, the dates of the interrogations and hearings, their detention. preventive measures, their state of health in prison, the requests for provisional freedoms rejected or the hunger strike they started to protest against their trial ” inequitable“.
Without wanting at this stage ” prejudge the facts ” of which they were informed, the UN rapporteurs expressed their “ serious concerns about the allegations concerning the conditions of detention of Mr. Radi and Mr. Raissouni which, if proven to be correct, would not appear to meet international standards ”.
In this sense, the UN rapporteurs, and as it is their responsibility by virtue of the mandates entrusted to them by the Human Rights Council, asked ” the cooperation of the Moroccan government to clarify the cases which have been brought ” to their attention, and require government comment.
In a statement to MoroccoLatestNews, human rights expert Aziz Adamin explains that the four special rapporteurs “ enter into the so-called United Nations special procedures system. And they generally have four basic roles: carrying out country visits and investigations, submitting an annual report to the United Nations Secretary-General, presenting thematic reports on human rights developments, and finally receiving complaints. and the grievances of the stakeholders, that is to say of the victim, his family, his lawyer or an association for the defense of human rights ”.
The human rights expert continues that “ this note, from the rapporteurs, comes after the data has been collected and analyzed. Then, it was sent to Morocco for it to provide its answers concerning the inquiries and requests for information provided and the observations which were addressed to it. After receiving the responses, the four rapporteurs will prepare a final report which will be submitted to the Human Rights Council for adoption, as well as to the Secretary General of the United Nations ”.
According to our interlocutor, “ the final report that will be submitted to the CDH could help resolve the cases of journalists Omar and Soulaimane if Morocco takes seriously the observations that will be drafted by the four rapporteurs. He may even have taken part in the defense of journalists on appeal ”, he said.