Rabat - The US State Department's report on the status of human rights in Morocco unexpectedly charged Morocco’s government with unfulfilled human rights commitments regarding its practices between 2012 and 2013.
Rabat – The US State Department’s report on the status of human rights in Morocco unexpectedly charged Morocco’s government with unfulfilled human rights commitments regarding its practices between 2012 and 2013.
The report shocked the country and prompted a statement by the Moroccan Minister of Communication asserting that the report contains flaws and ignores the achievements of Morocco with respect to human rights.
The report is not the first to point the finger at Morocco; however, Morocco feels “persecuted” since this is the first report that addresses the performance of the coalition government led by the Justice and Development Party.
“Mr. Mustapha Khalfi, the spokesperson for the government, immediately released a statement criticizing the U.S. report and called a press conference to demonstrate the freedom of the press in 2013.
“The government does not want to give the impression that Morocco is a country that violates human rights,” said Ikbal Ilhami, a Moroccan journalist in Al-akhbar newspaper.
The content of the US report is based on the information provided by its staff at the embassy of Morocco who relied on the news and reports of Moroccan NGOs and newspapers.
As an emerging country, Morocco is subject to criticism by the west at any time. However, many think that as a government that has successfully made it through the“Arab spring” and gained the trust of the people who voted for it, reacting to criticism by denial should be based on strong arguments in order not to lose that trust.
“The government should not freak out when an American report reveals information about it,” the same source added.
Edited by Elisabeth Myers
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