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Moroccan journalists Omar Radi and Soulaiman Raissouni to start hunger strike on the Human Rights Day

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Moroccan journalists Omar Radi and Soulaiman Raissouni have announced that they will start a hunger strike on Wednesday evening to protest against their pre-trial detention. Their initiative is part of the Human Rights Day, celebrated by the UN every December 10.

Arrested a few months ago, the two journalists consider the measure «punitive for their ideas and positions». It is also an opportunity for them to show solidarity «with all political detainees, journalists and any person harassed because of their ideas», read a joint statement.

At the same time, the two journalists invited civil society actors to engage in this form of protest, by participating in the hunger strike.

The call to join this hunger strike was also launched by the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH), which urged «all human rights bodies, politicians, trade unions, feminists, young people to defend freedom, dignity, social justice and equality».

Having reached Yabiladi, this appeal is also intended as an action to demand respect for freedom of expression, in accordance with international commitments made by Morocco.

In accordance with the health measures linked to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the AMDH has also planned to welcome a maximum of 20 hunger strikers on the morning of Thursday. This meeting will take place in parallel with a campaign on social media, to demand the release of political detainees.

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