RABAT, Morocco — Violent interrogation methods are still widely used by the Moroccan authorities to crush dissent and forcefully extract confessions from detainees, even though the government has pledged for years to eradicate torture, a new report by the human rights group Amnesty International says.
“Morocco’s leaders portray the image of a liberal, human-rights-friendly country,” Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, said in a statement with the report, which was released Tuesday morning. “But as long as the threat of torture hangs over detention and dissent that image will just be a mirage.”
The Moroccan government did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the report.
Based on interviews between 2010 and 2014 with more than 150 men, women and children, the report concludes that police and security forces routinely inflicted beatings, asphyxiation, stress positions, simulated drowning, and psychological and sexual violence. People in custody were also routinely denied access to a lawyer.