Target: El Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Justice and Liberties
Goal: Drop charges of adultery against imprisoned man and woman and free them immediately.
Moroccan journalist Hicham Mansouri and a married female friend were recently charged with adultery after plainclothes police officers allegedly stormed Mansouri’s home and arrested the pair. The charges against them may be politically motivated, and they violate international human rights laws. Sign the petition and demand that the charges be dropped and the pair be freed.
Adultery laws violate the internationally-recognized right to privacy as laid out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Morocco is subject to. Mansouri maintains that the officers who broke into his home forced him and his friend to strip naked and take compromising pictures. They then refused to let him speak to his lawyer and questioned him about his relationships with other journalists, all of which suggests that the accusations against Mansouri have underlying political motivations.
Mansouri’s friends report that he was being harassed and that he had been assaulted in Rabat, his home city, several months before his arrest. Mansouri, the Director of Programs at the Moroccan Association for Investigative Journalism, was active in training journalists to expose corruption.
Mansouri and his friend were each sentenced to jail time and fines, and a recent appeal upheld the court’s initial ruling. However, the initial trial did not meet fair trial standards and the charges themselves violate international human rights laws. Sign the petition urging the authorities to do the right thing and let Mansouri and his friend go.
Journalist Hicham Mansouri has dedicated his career to exposing corruption in high places, a pursuit that has no doubt earned him many enemies. It appears that these enemies have come for him, as Mansouri has been convicted of adultery, fined, and jailed. However, he maintains that he was set up and that the charges are false and politically-motivated. I urge you to drop the charges against him and free him immediately and unconditionally.
Mansouri and a married female friend were at Mansouri’s home one evening when plainclothes police stormed in. Mansouri claims that he and his friend were then forced to strip naked and take compromising photos. Next, he was taken to the police station, where he was denied access to a lawyer and questioned about his journalistic activities and relationships with other journalists.
Mansouri and his friend have been tried and convicted. Their sentence has been upheld in an appeal. However, the initial trial did not meet international fair trial standards, and the charges themselves violate the right to privacy as laid out in the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, to which Morocco is a state party. There is therefore only one correct course of action: drop the charges against Mansouri and his friend and release them immediately and unconditionally.
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