Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Morocco and Western Sahara

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Morocco and Western Sahara

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Jan. 23: The Moroccan parliament unanimously voted to eliminate a clause in the penal code that allowed a rapist to go unpunished if he married his victim. The loophole sparked protests after a 16-year- old girl from Larache committed suicide in 2012 after being forced to marry her rapist. [BBC, 1/23]

Feb. 28: Two-hundred migrants from sub- Saharan Africa seeking work or asylum in Europe successfully stormed the Moroccan border into the Spanish enclave of Melilla. On February 24, 300 migrants attempted to make the crossing but were driven back by security forces, and on February 28, 150 successfully reached the Spanish territory. [BBC, 2/24, 2/28]

Mar. 28: Over 800 sub-Saharan African migrants attempted to climb the barbed-wire fences surrounding the Spanish enclave of Melilla on the Moroccan coast - Moroccan and Spanish authorities turned most back. On March 27, Moroccan forces turned more than 1,000 migrants back. [NYT, 3/29]

Apr. 1: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced that it would invest $737 million in tourism infrastructure for the port of Casablanca. The GCC created a joint venture enterprise to support the Jordanian and Moroccan monarchies during the 2011 Arab spring. …

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