Rabat – International NGO the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor has called on the Moroccan government to “respect” the process of medical students.
In a press release, published on August 19, the NGO expressed support for the medical students and condemned the “arbitrary measures taken by the authorities against them.”
The medical students have been carrying out protests and strikes since March. They are protesting against poor medical training conditions, as well as the government’s decision to privatize medical education services.
In the statement, the human rights NGO said that it has been following the situation of medical students with concern.
“The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor is following with concern the protests of medical students at faculties of medicine in the Kingdom of Morocco and the unjustified arbitrary measures taken by the authorities against them,” the NGO wrote in its press release.
The Geneva-based organization also called on the government to respect the protests of the medical students.
For the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, Morocco should work to “find serious and reasonable solutions” to strengthen public universities against the privation of medical studies.
The NGO also attacked the Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Said Amzazi, who has repeatedly called for the students to take the final exams. He has threatened to fail those students who continue the boycott.
“Those who will take the exams are welcome, and those who will miss it should shoulder their responsibility,” said Amzazi.
In response, the NGO said it deplores the “government’s threat against 18,000 students to fail or expel them because of their protest.”
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor also condemned the suspension of three professors for supporting the students’ protests.
The ministry’s statement to suspend the professors reads: “due to your breach of professional commitment… you have been suspended from work with the suspension of your salaries.”
The NGO condemned the suspension of the professors and called on the government to “bring back the three academics to work without conditions, especially that the decision to arrest them violates the most basic rights guaranteed by the Moroccan Constitution and international conventions.”
It also recalled that the Moroccan constitution grants the right to peaceful assembly and freedom to express opinions during peaceful protests.