Upon Morocco’s invitation, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Tendayi Achiume, will arrive in the country on Thursday.
Rabat – Achiume’s visit to Morocco is will last until December 21. She will meet with government officials, local NGOs, and victims of racism as part of her fact-finding mission.
Morocco’s human rights minister, Mustapha Ramid, is expected to welcome Achiume today before her scheduled meetings with stakeholders and academics including the Rabita Mohammedia des Oulemas, Mohammadia’s League of Scholars.
Achiume will reportedly visit Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Tangier, Tetouan, Nador, Fez, and Agadir.
At the end of her stay in Morocco, as in each country, the Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference during which she will present her “final observations, recommendations, and reports.”
The reports of each examined countries are given to the Human Rights Council annually during its June session.
Achiume has already examined the United Kingdom. In her report about the UK, she wrote: “I am shocked by the criminalisation of young people from ethnic minorities, especially young black men.”
Achiume condemned the fact that young black men in the UK are “over-represented” in police criminal search and prison system.
Morocco received a total of 11 visits between 2000 and 2016 from UN Rapporteurs on several issues such as politics, economy, social and cultural rights, said Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The UN established the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in 1993. Tendayi Achiume, appointed in September 2011, is the fifth Special Rapporteur on racism.