UN human rights committee praises Morocco for pursuing democratic reforms
Morocco-UN, Politics, 11/6/2004
The UN human rights committee on Friday praised Morocco for "pursuing democratic reforms" and for the existence of a developed network of NGOs for the defence and promotion of human rights in Morocco.
In its final observations adopted at the end of the 82nd session, the committee said Morocco presented its fifth report in time adding that since the presentation of the previous report this North African country has kept carrying on democratic reforms and passed several new bills, including the family code.
The committee also noted that Morocco has incepted the ombudsman institution (Diwan Al Madhalim) while the country committed to carry on reforms to implement the rights contained in the civil and human rights pact.
The North African country also upholds the rights of prisoners, namely the implementation of the provisions of Article 11 to safeguard these rights, said the committee noting that despite the fact that no death penalty was carried out since 1994, the number of offences liable to incur the penalty has increased. The committee recommended that Morocco, in line with article 6 of the pact, should cut down the number of the death penalty offences to abolish the capital punishment, as well as commute all such penalties.
This UN body asked Morocco to present its coming report on human rights on November 1st 2006.
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