King Mohammed has a project: to make of Morocco a state of law, official
Morocco, Politics, 3/21/2001
The political project that King Mohammed VI endeavors to achieve since his enthronement (in 1999) is to make of Morocco a state of law and a genuine democracy, the Moroccan human rights minister told the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva.
"This political project, which starts from the constitutional gains achieved by Morocco since its independence (in 1956), seeks to guarantee all basic rights and individual and collective freedoms, and participation of all citizens (men and women) in the management of public affairs," Aujjar said before the Commission's 57th session, meeting in Geneva March 19 through April 27.
The minister underlined that "the democratic transition Morocco is experiencing in serenity is the outcome of teachings that we drew from the past with the necessary political and intellectual courage."
After surveying the human rights and democratic progress scored under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, the minister laid a special emphasis on the creation of an independent commission in charge of paying compensations to the victims of forced disappearance and arbitrary detention.
Aujjar, who noted that the commission had already started its work, said "our approach in this file enjoys a wide national consensus and the backing of all political parties, trade unions and all trends, active in the field of human rights."
Morocco is also striving to lay down the foundations of a lasting economic and social development, he said, adding the Kingdom is determined to tackle with courage and tenacity all issues, including those of justice, administration, labor, public freedoms, women condition and child and disabled rights.
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