Update 9 December 2016: Today, we received some fantastic news: both girls were found innocent and the charges were dropped by the court!
This is an amazing victory, but our work is far from over. We’ll continue urging Moroccan authorities to free all prisoners convicted because of their sexual orientation and to abolish anti-gay legislation so no one is prosecuted for who they are or who they love.
Update 6 December 2016: The verdict will be announced on December 9. Our partners in Morocco said the prosecutor is set on sending the girls to jail. We have only a few days left to convince authorities to drop the charges and set the girls free. Sign the petition and share it with your friends!
Update 7 November 2016: On 4 November, the girls were released on bail pending trial and the court hearing was postponed to 25 November. We’ve received concerning reports that C.S. is exposed to physical and psychological violence by her family. Both girls will continue to be under immense pressure until all charges are dropped unconditionally. Sign and share the petition now!
A harmless kiss and a gentle hug – and now three years in prison? This is what 16-year-old C.S. and 17-year-old B.H. from Morocco are facing RIGHT NOW.
After C.S. family found out about her relationship with B.H., they beat her and took her to the police station. Police officers inspected her and B.H.’s phones and found photos of them kissing, along with videos and personal messages. In Morocco, anything deemed "sexual activity" between people of the same gender is illegal. If we don’t help, they could end up in jail for up to three years.
The first hearing in court was today so the time is running out. Our partners in Morocco are rallying against the case. But it will take a huge, global outcry to convince authorities to set the girls free.
No one should be jailed because of who they love. Sign the petition asking Morocco’s Minister of Justice to free these two innocent girls.
Published: 04 November 2016.
This campaign is being run in conjunction with the Aswat Collectif and Akaliyat.
Correction 7 November 2016: An earlier version of this text reported someone had photographed the girls secretly. New information from our partners suggests C.S.’ parents found out about the relationship and reported them to the police. At the request from our partners we also removed the girls names from the copy and replaced them with the initials.