Alarm Phone Morocco and the Moroccan Association of Human Rights in Oujda reported of increasing arrests of mostly Sub-Saharan migrants in several Moroccan cities. This included an operation in Oujda on March 11, in which 81 people were arrested, including 7 minor children and 26 women. In their testimonies, those arrested reported of excessive force and harassment, including the breaking and entering of migrants’ homes. Among the arrested were those with legal documents and those without, children, sick people, students, as well as migrant activists who support other precarious migrants in Morocco. Some people were released successively over three days, but the rest of the detained people were brought before the prosecutor on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
We express our deep concern and condemn these arrests, arbitrary detentions and deportations carried out against migrants. We denounce any use of excessive force during police searches and will continue to fight tirelessly for the rights of migrants and the freedom of movement for all!
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