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Date of posting : April 21, 2018

Human Rights: U.S. Department of State Highlights Consolidation of Morocco’s Democratic Process

 The United States highlighted, Friday, the consolidation of Morocco’s democratic process, stressing the “credible” nature of recent elections, held in October 2016 in the kingdom, which were “free of systemic irregularities.”

“International observers considered the elections credible (…) and the process was free of systemic irregularities,” noted the report on Human Rights Practices for 2017, published by the U.S Department of State.

The same source, which underlined that the elections were considered as “free, fair, and transparent” by the major political parties and domestic observers, pointed out that “voters were able to choose freely” their favorable candidates.

Regarding migrants’ rights, the Department of State highlighted the policy of regularization and integration adopted by Morocco and commended its willingness to cooperate with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian international organization to provide “protection and assistance to refugees, returning refugees, asylum seekers, and other persons of concern.”

“The government also provided funding to humanitarian organizations to provide social services to migrants, including refugees,” according to the same source.

The report also shed light on Moroccan authorities’ efforts, in collaboration with their Spanish counterparts “to break up trafficking networks and arrest traffickers.”