50 bodies of King Hassan II opponents discovered in southern Morocco
The bodies of 50 opponents of former Moroccan King Hassan II were discovered on Sunday in graves in southern Morocco by a Moroccan human rights group.
According to the Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER), the group which made the discovery, the victims died in the 1970's and 1980's in non-official detention centers at Tagounit, Agdz and Kalaat Mgouna. Many such detention centers existed in Morocco between 1961 and 1999, during King Hassan II's reign, according to AFP.
The IER is a state organization established by King Mohammed VI, son of Hassan II, to look into human rights’ violations prior to his becoming king.
Though more reform-minded than his father, Mohammed VI has also been accused by of rights violations connected with Morocco's counter-terrorism laws.
IER representatives released the names of the 50 victims, and are in the process of informing the victims' families of the find. The families will have the option of visiting the grave sites if they choose.