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Global Voices Stands in Solidarity with Moroccan Free Expression Advocates
Global Voices community member Hisham Almiraat (center) with friends at the Global Voices 2012 Summit in Nairobi. Hisham and six colleagues go on trial this week in Morocco. PHOTO: Ivan Sigal

The Global Voices community demands justice for seven free expression advocates who are facing trial in Morocco due to their advocacy.

The seven advocates have sought to defend human rights, hold authorities accountable to the public, and uphold rule of law in their country. Five have been charged with “threatening the internal security of the State” and two face charges of “receiving foreign funding without notifying the General Secretariat of the government.”

Among those charged is Hisham Almiraat, a medical doctor and long-time member of our community. We cannot remain silent in the face of this threat to our friend. Hisham has had a leading voice in Morocco’s blogosphere for nearly a decade. He co-founded citizen media projects Talk Morocco and Mamfakinch, and served as Global Voices’ advocacy director. Balancing profession and passion, Hisham has spent many years working to improve the lives and well-being of Moroccans, both as a civil society advocate and as a medical doctor.

We see this not only as a threat to our friend and colleague, but also to our broader mission. As a community of bloggers and activists from over 160 countries, we invoke the universal human right to free expression each day, as we tell stories from underrepresented communities around the world.

We call on allies to support our message, and on foreign governments to hold the Moroccan government to account on its actions and principles. #Justice4Morocco

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR CALL

Sign this open statement from our community [CLICK TO SIGN]

Support the campaign on social media using the hashtag #Justice4Morocco

Read and share stories about the case: Read and share Hisham’s past coverage for Global Voices, and testimonials from the Global Voices community.

 

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