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Rapporteur highlights ‘the very high quality of dialogue between PACE and the Parliament of Morocco’

“After meeting different game-players of the political reform process in Morocco – parliamentarians, ministers, independent authorities related to human rights and representatives of civil society – my impression is that reforms are on track and developing at various speeds,” said Bodgan Klich (Poland, EPP/CD), rapporteur on behalf of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly, speaking at the end of a fact-finding mission to Rabat (5-8 February).

“An area where progress is quite remarkable is the independence of the judiciary, with the cutting of ties between the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Justice,” he noted. “I was also impressed by the pragmatic and humane efforts made by the Kingdom in a difficult context towards migrants, and its willingness to strengthen the public education system, which is the basis for a greater social equality in the years to come,” he added.

“In this very positive context, the future judgments of the courts in cases linked to the social events in the Rif region, especially in Al Hoceima, will be of great interest, in particular as regards reform of the judiciary in the context of fair trials and also the limits placed on the freedom of the press,” he said.

Recalling that “the technical co-operation of Morocco with the Council of Europe is exemplary,” Mr Klich hoped that “the very high quality of the dialogue between the Parliamentary Assembly and the Parliament of Morocco, made possible by the Partnership for Democracy since 2011, could give a new impetus to the political dialogue between Moroccan authorities and the Committee of Ministers.”

Mr Klich’s fact-finding visit is part of the third evaluation of the Partnership for Democracy in respect of the Parliament of Morocco, a status Morocco was the first to be granted by the Parliamentary Assembly in 2011.