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Shadow of Impunity: Torture in Morocco and Western Sahara

31st May 2015, 11:15:46 UTC

‘His Majesty King Mohamed VI informed me that he
will not tolerate torture, although he could not
rule out that there are isolated cases. Other
officials acknowledged that torture was not State
policy but that “bad habits” will take time to
eradicate. Measures, including the installation of
CCTV in police stations and training for officers,
have been proposed. The litmus test of such
commitments is accountability. Impunity is the
most powerful fuel for human rights violations.’
Opening remarks by then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanathem Pillay at a press conference in Rabat, Morocco, 29
May 2014

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