The most difficult question for Dr. Abdelhay Moudden came from a teenage boy who wanted to know what Morocco’s Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER)1 was going to do about all those accused of torture and murder during les annees de plomb – the “years of lead” as they are known here. This was the period between independence from France in 1956 and the death of King Hassan II in 1999, during which some 50,000 people either disappeared or were killed or raped or detained illegally for years...


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