Please consider taking some time to act on behalf of our Moroccan brothers and sisters. As you see from the message, this movement to expel the leadership among expatriates may be in preparation for a new wave of persecution of the Moroccan church.
The Moroccan government is very sensitive to international criticism of their human rights abuses. What we are seeing in these brutal expulsions might have been expected under the tyranny of the former King (11 years ago), but his son the current King Mohammed VI considers himself above such acts.
It is the belief of the Moroccan church that this repression of foreign Christians is a precursor to even greater persecution of the Moroccan church. There is some indication that a second and third wave of expulsions have been planned by the Moroccan authorities. Your letter to the Moroccan embassy, and a phone to your congressman, or Member of Parliament, will make an enormous difference.
1. CALL THE MOROCCAN EMBASSY
Give your name, phone number and register your protest against recent human rights abuses in Morocco. You might say something like this:
“Good morning. My name is John Doe and I am a American/British/Canadian citizen. I have been watching the news coming from your country, and I am very upset at the brutal treatment you have given to foreign nationals living peacefully and legally in your country – expelling them without due process, having broken no laws. This is something I would expect from a third-world dictorship, but not from a great country like Morocco. These people were Christians simply living out their faith, even as thousands of Moroccans live in America/Great Britain/Canada with full freedom to practice their faith and respond to others about what they believe. The recent seperation of orphans from their foster parents in the Atlas Mountains was particularily cruel. (If this applies, you might also add…) I have been to Morocco and I love your country. But these actions would give me pause about ever coming again, recommending that others come as tourists, or investing in your country. I will be talking to my government representative about this situation a well. So please, would you register my complaint with your government? Thank you very much.”
If they want to engage in defense of their actions, politely respond “Thank you, but I would be grateful if you passed on this complaint to your government.”
Morocco Embassy, United States
1601 21st Street, NW
District of Columbia
2. WRITE A LETTER TO THE MOROCCAN EMBASSY
Right in a brief letter something similar to what is above.
3. WRITE A LETTER TO THE U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs
Write a brief letter on-line, registering your protest with the US congress committee that handles foreign affairs policy and holds the purse strings of financial aid. Again, cite very briefly your strong protest at the expulsion of US citizens and other foreign nationsl without stated reason or legal recourse, the seizure of personal property and funds in contradiction to Moroccan law, and the brutal repression of the free exercise of religion.
“As a US citizen, we have given Morocco over $131.5 million over the last five years. They should not treat peaceful and lawful Americans or any foreign nationals in this way.”
4. FOR COMMONWEALTH MEMBERS, WRITE A SIMILAR LETTER TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT OR YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
The British Foreign Secretary is:
Mr. David Miliband
King Charles Street
Or call the switchboard at 020 7008 1500
At least two British families were expelled in the last week.