Target: King of Morocco Mohammed VI
Goal: Release and pardon the four men convicted of homosexual acts
On July 2, 2014, a Moroccan court upheld the conviction of four men, charging them with participating in “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex,” according to Human Rights Watch. Amid concerns of an unfair trial, these men will be jailed for having consensual sex with another adult, which violates their privacy rights. Urge King Mohammed VI to overturn this unjust sentence, as the government shouldn’t concern themselves a person’s sexual orientation.
The appeals court that upheld the conviction based their claim on what the men said while they were in police custody, and all six men later retracted these statements when they were in court. (Four out of the six defendants were convicted of participating in homosexual acts.) Witnesses were not called in, nor was evidence reviewed, and all defendants denied they were homosexual. The court still decided to uphold the conviction.
Of the men that were arrested and convicted, some were also charged with incitement to prostitution, public drunkenness, and driving under the influence. One of the men is sentenced to three years in jail, another to two-and-a-half years, while the others have shorter sentences. While information regarding this case is hard to obtain because of the remoteness of the area, it is believed that all six of the defendants have also been banished from the region.
Similar cases around the world have emerged, with the government severely punishing adults for homosexual acts. Consenting adults shouldn’t be punished for their sexual orientation, as this violates their rights to privacy and freedom of expression. Tell the king of Morocco to overturn this sentence, and pardon the men.
Dear King Mohammed VI,
Recently, four men in your country were convicted of homosexual acts, which is illegal in Morocco. These men will spend years in jail because they had sex with someone of the same sex. Not only do I think this is a waste of manpower and resources, but your law enforcement is violating their rights to privacy and expression.
I am writing this letter demanding for their immediate release, as it is ridiculous to punish someone for their sexual orientation. The government has no business in this issue, and it is only fostering an atmosphere of intolerance and hostility. All adults should be free to have consensual sex with whomever they wish without fear of prosecution from their government.
[Your Name Here]
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