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CNDH report on Gdeim Izik trail observation

The National Human Rights Council (CNDH) will hold a press conference to present its report on Gdeim Izik trial observation on 2 November 2017 at 9h30 at its headquarters in Rabat, Morocco.

The CNDH had entrusted team of seven senior officers to monitor the different stages of this trail where 23 defendants were prosecuted. The defendants were arrested following the death of 11 law enforcement officers at the events of dismantling the Gdeim Izik camp (a site close to Laayoune city) on 8 November 2010.

To be noted that the CNDH has already published a preliminary report on the conduct of the trial before the military court. Later on, the decisions rendered by this court were revoked and the case was brought before the Court of Appeal, following of the promulgation of a new law on military justice stipulating that the military court is no longer competent to prosecute civilians.

CNDH’s observing team monitored different hearings of the trial as of December 2016 to 19 July 2017, when the judgement was pronounced. The CNDH report aims to determine whether the case has met the conditions of a fair trial, as provided for by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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