Prisoners abused in most Moroccan jails

2012-10-30 21:26
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Rabat - Prisoners in most Moroccan jails are subjected to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" due to a lack of effective controls and inspections, the kingdom's National Human Rights Council said on Tuesday.

"These acts were noted in the majority of prisons visited, with a prevalence and intensity that varied from one to the next," said a report that the NHRC will present to King Mohammed VI, who appoints the organisation's members.

"The violations include beatings with truncheons, suspending [inmates] from doors with handcuffs, striking the soles of the feet, slapping, pricking with needles and burns," the report said.

In September, the NHRC also criticised what it called the "archaic and inappropriate" state of psychiatric hospitals in Morocco.

The prison violations go against "laws governing penitentiary establishments and against all relevant conventions that view these acts as forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment", it said.

It added that temporary detention and slow legal proceedings were the primary cause of overcrowding in the kingdom's jails.

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