Moroccan group reports on deaths, jailings

Dec. 17, 2005 at 6:54 PM
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RABAT, Morocco, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Morocco's Equity and Reconciliation Committee says the government killed 592 people between 1956 and 1999.

In its report, the committee said some enemies of King Hassan II vanished without a trace -- presumably killed -- the BBC reported. The report listed the graves of 85 people who died while in detention.

The committee identified 9,280 people entitled to compensation.

The report is the first of its kind in a Muslim country. But the Moroccan Association for Human Rights said the committee did not go far enough.

The association has listed people it wants prosecuted for human rights abuses.

Abdullah Abdeslam, a leader of the group, said far more people were killed than the committee said -- including 1,500 during protests in March 1965, and between 500 and 1,000 in more protests in 1981.

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