Morocco’s Achievements in Human Rights Field Highlighted in Geneva

Geneva – Minister of State for Human Rights and Relations with the Parliament Mustapha Ramid highlighted on Tuesday in Geneva Morocco’s key advances and achievements to uphold human rights.

Speaking at the High-Level Segment as part of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council Ramid reaffirmed Morocco’s constant commitment to continue its positive interaction with the United Nations human rights system and its mechanisms including the Universal Periodic Review mechanism to which the Kingdom voluntarily submitted in September 2019 its mid-term report on the implementation of the recommendations issued under the third cycle.

The Kingdom is also keen to submit its reports to the treaty bodies he said adding that last year Morocco had submitted the single national report on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination as well as the single national report on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

As part of the implementation of its international commitments the Kingdom has continued to strengthen its legal arsenal and harmonize it with those commitments through the reform of the penal system with the adoption of a law on forensic medicine and the preparation of a draft penal code.

In addition the Kingdom has strengthened its institutional framework for human rights in particular through the reorganization of the National Human Rights Council and the strengthening of its competences he noted.

After recalling that the implementation of the sustainable development objectives set out in the 2030 Program calls for the creation of conditions for a more egalitarian world the minister of State noted that Morocco under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI set up a special committee to prepare a new development model based on a participatory approach whose main objective is to reduce social and territorial disparities and make the Moroccan citizen at the heart of development.

Regarding the issue of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom Ramid reaffirmed Morocco’s commitment to the United Nations process to reach a realistic and pragmatic political solution based on compromise with full respect for the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco and its territorial integrity.

While the population of the Moroccan Sahara is benefiting from significant economic and social development and broad participation in local public affairs and contribution to national constitutional institutions our citizens held against their will in the Tindouf camps in Algeria suffer daily from humiliation and deprivation of their fundamental rights and freedoms he pointed out.

The refusal of the host country to conduct a census of the inhabitants of these camps is contrary to the Security Council’s recurrent resolutions since 2011 he stressed.

In another vein Ramid expressed the Kingdom’s commitment to continue its efforts to achieve international peace and security and combat new threats mainly terrorism violent extremism and incitement to hatred and xenophobia as the most serious threats to human rights stressing that Morocco is also committed to maintaining its cooperation with brotherly countries in the rehabilitation of the religious domain and the promotion of the values of fraternity moderation and tolerance.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse