Human rights group Amnesty International has issued a report documenting widespread torture by the Moroccan state, contrary to its public commitment to reform.

Examples included abusing protesters, raping detainees with objects and beating confessions out of suspects.

The report, released Tuesday by the London-based group, also noted that those accusing the police of torture are now being prosecuted for slander and defamation, in a bid to discourage them from speaking out.

The report acknowledges that there have been improvements over the past 20 years but said there is often a large gap between public commitments to end torture and actual practices.

The Moroccan government response, which was included in the report, rejected the findings, calling into question the credibility of Amnesty's sources.