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Morocco and Human Rights: Irreversible Strategic Commitment

Morocco launched the construction process of an environment of freedom and respect of human rights quite earlier. It has, therefore, developed an original method of promoting and protecting human rights; following a particular path at an appropriate pace, taking into account its fundamentals, its strategic choices as well as its specificities.

The Kingdom got also involved in promoting and defending Human Rights on the basis of the principle, underlined by His Majesty King Mohammed VI’, in his speech to the Nation, on the occasion of the celebration of the 51st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "The respect of Human Rights and the international conventions emphasizing those rights is not a luxury or a fashion for which we make sacrifices, but a necessity dictated by requirements of edification and development”.

In his speech on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, His Majesty the King reaffirmed "the constant commitment of Morocco to the noble values and principles, enshrined in this historical act" and "its firm commitment to human rights in their universal and global nature”.

Relying on the asset of the reform process initiated by His Majesty Late King Hassan II, His Majesty King Mohammed VI launched a comprehensive process of political, economic and social reforms, aiming at setting up a modern, democratic and united society, thus anchoring the Kingdom, permanently and irreversibly, in democracy and rule of law.

In his reformist vision, the King has given a top priority to broadening the scope of fundamental freedoms, implanting democratic practices and strengthening institutions, within the framework of a new conception of authority, one that places the citizen at the heart of any public action.

This experience in the path of democratization and modernization is original, being the result of the strategic choices, made in the aftermath of independence. The Kingdom opted for political pluralism, tolerance and legalism as the basic grounds for its political and institutional life. Moreover, the market economy, free enterprises and openness to competition have constituted the pillars of its economic and social development. In the cultural field, respect of diversity, dialogue and inclusion have always been the engine of its action.