WASHINGTON - In light of the stream of allegations of racism against Sub-Saharan immigrants in Morocco, the government has decided to take action.
WASHINGTON – In light of the stream of allegations of racism against Sub-Saharan immigrants in Morocco, the government has decided to take action.
Currently in the works is an anti-racism draft law meant to protect the migrant community and pioneer anti-discrimination initiatives in the Maghreb.
Following the murder of a Senegalese immigrant by a Moroccan citizen and a widely publicized BBC report demonstrating personal testimonies from victims of racism in Morocco, the government is in a position where taking action to curb racial discrimination in Morocco is the only option.
After recent reports released by the National Human Rights Council [NHRC] pointing out Morocco’s capacity for hospitality and non-discrimination, the NHRC stated that the national and international legal framework for foreigners in Morocco and in particular the Constitution guarantees the principle of non-discrimination, the right to asylum and the equality of rights between nationals and foreigners.
Shortly thereafter, King Mohammed VI acknowledged and commended NHRC’s recommendations and reiterated his belief that the immigration issue raises legitimate concerns and must be approached holistically and from a humanist perspective.
The NHRC’s recommendations include: establishing a national institutional framework for asylum seekers and refugees which includes policy inclusion of such refugees, ensure that migrants have effective access to justice (including lawyers, interpreters, consular access, etc), develop training programs for administrations and authorities responsible for the issue of migration (police, border control, prison staff, etc), ban all forms of violence against migrants, ban exploitation of migrants in the workforce, among other recommendations to also curb human trafficking.
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