Human Rights: U.S. Department of State Highlights Consolidation of Morocco’s Democratic Process
Date posted : April 21, 2018
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.” 21/04/2018
New York: Several Petitioners Highlight Relevance of Autonomy Plan to Resolve Sahara Conflict
Date posted : October 9, 2017
Several petitioners highlighted, on Wednesday before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly, the relevance of the autonomy plan as an ideal solution to definitively resolve the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara.
Speaking on the occasion, Carroll Eads of U.S NGO “Capitol Hill Prayers partners,” urged the UN Committee to consider the autonomy plan as the basis for a solution to this artificial conflict that has lasted too long.
She stressed that the Moroccan plan is considered by the Security Council as a reliable, serious and credible solution to resolve the conflict over the Sahara. This is a form of self-determination, she said.
For her part president of “Priority PR Group,” Karen Hardin, welcomed the efforts of the UN secretary-general aimed at re-launching the negotiations between the two sides and resolving this issue on the basis of the autonomy plan for the Sahara.
She said time is ripe to think outside the box to find a “new and innovative way to achieve self-determination”, as advocated by the UN chief.
In her turn, Donna Sams of the “Antioch Church” stressed that the Moroccan autonomy plan is capable of constituting the third way to definitively resolve this conflict and put an end to the sufferings of the population held against its will in the Tindouf camps.
In this regard, she recalled the position of former special envoy of the UN secretary-general, Peter Van Walsum, and of former special representative, Eric Jensen, who both considered the Moroccan autonomy plan as the only viable solution to this conflict.
For his part, British lawyer, Andrew Rosemarine, noted that the autonomy plan, a “just, flexible and far-sighted” project, is the only solution that can ensure the well-being of the Sahrawis in the long term, as it guarantees a “high degree of self-determination” for the inhabitants of the Sahara.
The international expert added that the plan, presented to the UN in 2007, “is part of the building of a democratic and modern society, based on the rule of law, individual and collective freedoms as well as on economic and social development.”