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Morocco not required to provide certificate of good conduct in human rights

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The Moroccan parliamentarians have organized a conference devoted to the hostile and flagrant attacks of the European Parliament, which recently expressed concern about freedom of the press and allegations of corruption in Morocco.

On this occasion, the participants in this conference, attended by parliamentarians, representatives of civil society, experts and jurists, declared that “the Kingdom of Morocco, which has all the means guaranteeing and preserving the human rights, is not required to provide a certificate of good conduct in this area.”

The speakers also noted that the Kingdom was not under the obligation to justify itself or to prove its innocence, rejecting that Morocco is the object of one-upmanship within the EP.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rachid Talbi Alami, noted the list of allegations was long as evidenced by the deliberate intention of the sponsors of hostile and detrimental acts in Morocco.

He stressed that the motives and aims of this aggression were well-known since it targeted the international positioning of the Kingdom, its economic emergence and its place on the international and continental chessboard.

Referring to freedom of expression and opinion in Morocco, Mr. Talbi Alami noted that no one could doubt that the Kingdom ‘is a State of law and institutions, a State with an institutional democracy exercised by parties and trade unions at through free and fair elections, affirming that Moroccan political formations are as authentic and credible as their European peers.”

Mr. Talbi Alami also deplored the “unfounded” judgments of some MEPs, who are waging a hostile campaign against Morocco on the basis of erroneous information, unverifiable data from a single source and unilateral reports drawn up on request.

The Chairman of the Morocco-European Union (EU) joint parliamentary committee, Lahcen Haddad, for his part, said that Morocco faces a number of MEPs who use the European Parliament (EP) as a platform to attack Morocco in an organized way and with great means.

Mr. Haddad clarified that the Kingdom had no problems with the European Union or with its various structures, but rather with deputies known for their hostility towards Morocco.

Mr. Haddad noted that 112 questions and 18 attempted amendments hostile to Morocco were raised in the EP in 2022, claiming the existence of a “systematic war” against the Kingdom.

For his part, the president of the Authenticity and Modernity group, Ahmed Touizi, indicated that the European Parliament had become “a platform to attack and provoke Morocco”, noting that there is a Morocco-EU Joint committee that MEPs had chosen to ignore and freeze in order to attack the Kingdom directly.

Mr. Touizi stressed that some MEPs did not seek to defend human rights but to “attack the territorial integrity of the Kingdom”, explaining this hostility by the geostrategic position that Morocco now occupies on the continental level thanks to the enlightened vision of HM King Mohammed VI.

He said the EP, which seeks to “blackmail Morocco”, could not afford to ignore the great advances made by the Kingdom in the field of human rights, knowing that the Moroccan Parliament has adopted legal texts aimed at protecting freedoms and human rights.

This meeting, organized by the two Houses of Parliament, examines the basis of the methodical attacks and false aggressions transmitted by the EP against the Kingdom in a systematic and presumptuous manner.

It brings together MPs, representatives of civil society, experts and lawyers to discuss the instrumentalization of the human rights issue, the attacks on the Kingdom’s territorial integrity and the exploitation of the Pegasus case.

The Moroccan Parliament announced on January 23, in a joint statement issued by its two chambers, its decision to reconsider its relations with the European Parliament by subjecting them to a global reassessment in order to take firm and appropriate decisions in light of the European Parliament’s recent positions on Morocco.

In this regard, the Parliament decided to set up an ad-hoc committee on the subject, composed of representatives of its two Houses, dedicated to the re-evaluation of relations with the EP.

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