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Date of posting : June 28, 2016

Development process launched by HM King in Moroccan Sahara highlighted in Geneva

The strategic importance of the development process launched by HM King Mohammed VI in the Moroccan Sahara was highlighted Monday during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

During the council debate on monitoring Vienna Declaration and Action Plan, the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Morocco, Mohamed Aujjar, stressed that the southern provinces experience political, economic, social and cultural momentum that confirms the commitment of the population in the implementation of socio-economic and cultural development policies in the region.

Indeed, he said that the major projects launched by the Sovereign during his recent visit in the Saharan cities are part of the continuous efforts of the Kingdom to the transformation of the Sahara in a strong pole of development in Africa and the world for the benefit of the local population.

Waiting for a final and mutually acceptable political solution to this artificial dispute on the basis of the autonomy initiative, continued the ambassador, Morocco remains committed to the implementation of its new model of development.

This model, he explained, is to create and strengthen socio-economic and cultural conditions of a developed and stable Sahara, providing local populations with the objective means for full enjoyment of their human rights.

Mr. Aujjar further indicated that the pioneering reforms, stemmed from a political will of the Kingdom and was distinguished by its participatory and consultative approach integrating all the components of the Moroccan society plural.

“The pioneering experience of Morocco in transitional justice has been at the heart of the second generation of reforms launched since 1999”, said the diplomat, adding that promoting the rights of women and children was a national priority alongside the social action undertaken particularly in the context of the national human development Initiative.

These reforms, he added, continued with the strengthening of the role and mandates of national institutions responsible for human rights, including NHRC and its 13 regional commissions, Ministerial Delegation for Human Rightss and the institution of the Ombudsman.

The Ambassador on the other hand claimed that the Constitution adopted in July 2011 laid the foundations of a new national pact centered on human rights, governance, advanced regionalization, plurality of the rich Moroccan identity, and Hassani culture.