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Plan to ban menthol cigarettes prompts late lobbying blitz

Washington, As federal officials finalize a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes, dozens of interest groups have met with White House staffers to try to influence the process, which has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives while ...

HRW slams trial of Moroccan activist for insulting the king

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Al-Araby

It seems that Moroccan authorities’ policy can be summed up in the Moroccan proverb “speak, and you’ll bleed from the nose,” said Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its latest report on freedom of speech in the Moroccan kingdom. On Tuesday, the New York-based human rights watchdog called on the Moroccan government to drop the charges against Rabie Al-Ablaq, a Moroccan activist and a key figure in the Hirak Rif protests that erupted in the north of Morocco in 2016. Charges against Al-Ablaq are based on two videos the activist posted last year on Facebook and YouTube, in which he addressed the Moroccan…

Moroccan party submits bill for Hirak Rif prisoners amnesty

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Al-Araby

A Moroccan opposition party has introduced a bill to the Moroccan parliament seeking amnesty for the prisoners related to the Hirak Rif movement, eight of whom remain behind bars since protests over social injustices in North Morocco erupted in 2016. Nabila Mounib, the head of the United Socialist Party, proposed the draft law on Monday that aims to end the protesters’ long sentences, including the uprising’s leader Nasser Zefzafi, who was sentenced in 2017 to twenty years in jail. “The presence of the best youth of the region behind bars and the issuance of harsh sentences against them simply…