2019 Human Rights Report Communiqué

On March 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of State released the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include Morocco and Western Sahara. The U.S. Embassy in Rabat follows human rights throughout the country and works closely with the Government of Morocco, as well as with the National Council on Human Rights and the NGO community, in the preparation of each year’s report. The U.S. Embassy is encouraged by Morocco’s continued constructive engagement in this consultative process.

The U.S. Embassy recognizes the positive steps that Morocco took in 2019, including implementing the National Preventative Mechanism to comply with the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture.  The United States also acknowledges the passage of legislation providing for the teaching of Tamazight in public and private schools, illustrating greater inclusivity in the educational system.  While the Moroccan constitution guarantees freedom of expression and the press, there were cases of undue limits on freedom of expression.  The Embassy looks forward to continued cooperation with the Government of Morocco and civil society partners in the preparation of the 2020 report.

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974. The publication of this annual report reflects U.S. interest in, and support for, the advancement of human rights around the world.

For more information or to view the full text of the report, please visit http://www.humanrights.gov