Tazmamart: Fort-Militaire-Secret du Maroc. Consequences d'un Internement du 18 Annees

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6936.1111 (Published 23 April 1994)
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  1. D Summerfield

    Evelyne van Ginneken, Ronald Rijnders Johannes Wier Foundation for Health and Human Rights, pp 118 ISBN 90-73550-10-6

    Tazmamart tells a kind of Gothic horror story, one that is still unwinding. After unfair trials on charges of sedition, 59 former soldiers “disappeared” from Morocco's official prison system and were sent to a secret detention centre, Tazmamart, in the Atlas mountains. For 18 years they were held incommunicado and in almost complete darkness in small single cells which they never left. They were exposed to extremes of temperature, with poor food, little water, and no medical care. Thirty one died during this ordeal, and survivors' accounts suggest that at least 12 of these had pulmonary tuberculosis and 10 a terminal psychosis. One committed suicide a …

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