Marrakech – More than 5,000 people descended upon Bab Ighli and Bab Jdid in Marrakech to attend the World Human Rights Forum held on November 28-30. Among those in attendance was a group of survivors of the Tazmamart prison in the Sahara in the south of Morocco near Errachidia.Six former military officers, members of the Moroccan Army and Air Force, were interred in Tazmamart Prison in the early seventies on claims that they had participated in a military coup d’etat against then Moroccan King Hassan II, the father of King Mohammed VI. The six were Air Force Chief Warrant Officer Maguti Al Moufadal, Air Force Sergeant Ahmed Bouhida, Air Force Sergeant Mohammed Bouamlat, Army 2nd Lieutenant Ahmed Marzouki, Air Force Lieutenant Mohamed Alzemmouri, and Army 2nd Lieutenant Moudine Abdelali Sefreoui.According to Chief Warrant Officer Al Moufadal, although not convicted of any crime, the men were sentenced to terms ranging from 3 to 5 to 15 years. Nevertheless, all of them ended up being incarcerated in the prison for almost 20 years. Three years later, upon their transfer from the prison in Rabat to Tazmamart in 1973, he said, four fellow military officers disappeared and have never been heard from since. The conditions at the prison were hard. With each prisoner kept in a cell 2.5 meters by 3 meters, the men “spent 18 years and four months in the dark,” according to Sergeant Bouamlat. “We had no light, no medicine, no good food, and no family visits,” said Sergeant Bouhida. “We didn’t go outside and we were given 5 liters of water in each 24-hour period.”The soldiers were released in 1991, as a result of international pressure, according to Al Moufadal. The story he tells is that one of the soldiers in the group imprisoned in Tazmamart had been married to an American woman. When she learned that her husband was in prison, she appealed to U.S. President Ronald Reagan and international human rights organizations to get her husband out. In the meantime, her husband had managed to get a letter to her which told about the other prisoners. Her husband refused to be released unless the others were as well.While 58 soldiers were sent to Tazmamart prision in 1973, only 28 were still alive when the six men were released. “Our liberty was by the grace of the U.S. and European countries, and national and international human rights associations, and we thank them,” said Bouamlat.Although the government provided some compensation to the soldiers after their release, the soldiers say it was insufficient. Bouhida now supports an extended family of seven on the money he earns from fixing pots and pans and pressure cookers.Morocco has engaged in significant reforms in the last decade in terms of its treatment of prisoners and prison conditions with enactment of the Equity and Reconciliation Act of 2004 and ratification of the UN protocol against torture. The fact that that these former prisoners can attend a human rights forum and raise such issues in the country that imprisoned them all those many years ago, is an indication that Morocco is moving in the right direction, although there is still much to do.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians joined Bickley & Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM to provide insight on various players, including first-round pick D.J. Humphries.“His motor has to step up,” Arians said.“He has all the athletic ability, it’s just a matter of getting a higher energy level. He’s used to beating guys on just his athletic ability and now everybody is good and if your motor’s not running hot you’re going to get beat.” LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals Head Coach Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling When speaking on the offensive line, Arians said they will give guard Earl Watford a full week at right tackle and Humphries at left tackle. Arians wants “some position flexibility” with Humphries since he has not played on that side since he arrived in Arizona.“Personally, I played left (tackle) my whole life and this is the first time I ever played right (tackle), but I am starting to adjust and getting real comfortable,” Humphries said last week when he appeared on Burns & Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.After the Week 2 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers, Arians said that Humphries displayed “bad technique and bad effort.”Arians couldn’t shed much light on the Bobby Massie situation on Monday, but re-affirmed his position on the team when he comes back to the team.“Once we find out what the situation is he’ll be our right tackle.” – / 28 Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ D.J. Humphries looks to make a block against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Chiefs defeated the Cardinals 34-19. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share
I had the chance to spend a day ripping fresh singletrack at Massanutten, just outside of Harrisonburg recently. And by “ripping,” I mean squeezing the shit out of my brakes until I left a trail of smoke. I can’t remember the names of the trails I rode, because I was being led by a local who was like, “oh, yeah, let’s turn here…this should be cool, let’s go here…you’re gonna love this…” but the singletrack on the mountain was a beautiful mix of fast, bermy descents intermixed with methodical, rocky juggernaut-like stretches. Fun, challenging and gorgeous—occasionally, we’d pop out of the woods to pedal through an expansive meadow with thigh-high grass and sweeping views.Naturally, after the ride we needed food and beer. Not necessarily in that order. My local “guide” started rattling off the breweries we could hit—Harrisonburg now has three legit beer-makers. Instead of choosing favorites, we decided to go to Bella Luna Pizza, where we could sample the wares of all three. This wood-fired pizza joint prides itself on stocking a large selection of beer from Harrisonburg and Virginia. About the only beer they bring in from outside of the region is Bell’s Two Hearted, and you can’t really blame them for that, now can you?It was hot, and I just pedaled a dozen miles, so naturally, I wanted a pale ale—the underappreciated work horse of the craft beer world. Pale Fire is the newest brewery in Harrisonburg (they just opened their taproom in April), and they’re coming out of the gate strong with their doozey of a pale called Deadly Rhythm. It comes in at a super sessionable 4.8% ABV, but packs a vibrant, hoppy punch. The beer is crisp, but fruity with plenty of citrus hop character and just enough malt to give it a little backbone.The world is going gaga for “session IPAs” right now, but I’ll take a proper pale ale any day of the week—something like Pisgah Pale or this new standout from Pale Fire. Pales have a balance that the new breed of session IPAs don’t typically have. They’re not just hoppy, they have body and a legit malt bill. Seems like Pale Fire understands this as well as any long-standing brewery in our region. If Deadly Rhythm is any indication, I’m pretty stoked to have these guys on the scene.
TOP local cyclists will face the starter on Sunday morning when the 14th annual Victor Macedo Memorial road race wheels off from Homestretch Avenue at 07:30hrs.Organised by the Flying Stars Cycle Club, the race will commence with the traditional ‘roll start’ from Peter Rose Street in Queenstown to Homestretch Avenue, where it would officially start.Senior and junior riders will proceed to Dora on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, while the veterans, juveniles, and mountain bikers will proceed to the hill after the Splashmin’s Fun Park.The cyclists will turn at their respective points on the highway and return to Homestretch Avenue for the finish.TEAM Coco’s Jamaul John narrowly edged his fellow Junior cyclist, Raphael Leung, to win the 13th edition of the event last year.