2020 Human Rights Report Communiqué

On March 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of State released the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which includes Morocco. The U.S. Mission in Morocco follows human rights throughout the country and works closely with the Government of Morocco, as well as with other partners such as the National Council on Human Rights and the NGO community, in the preparation of each year’s report. The U.S. Embassy welcomes Morocco’s constructive engagement in this consultative process.

The U.S. Mission recognizes the positive steps that the Moroccan government took in 2020 by creating several gender-based violence (GBV) police units to support GBV victims. Other changes included efforts to improve prison conditions to address overcrowding, limiting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the release of vulnerable inmates and through conducting extensive COVID-19 tests and medical consultations in prisons.

The 2020 report also notes concerns regarding limits to freedom of speech and assembly in Morocco.

The Embassy looks forward to the continued cooperation of the Government of Morocco and civil society partners in addressing these and other critical human rights issues.

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 Ace 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 the Department of State website: https://www.state.gov/reports-bureau-of-democracy-human-rights-and-labor/country-reports-on-human-rights-practices/