1. The Committee on Legal Affairs
and Human Rights congratulates the rapporteur of the Committee on Political
Affairs and Democracy, Mr Bogdan Klich (Poland, EPP/CD), on his
very comprehensive report and, on the whole, endorses the draft
resolution which has been proposed.
2. On 21 June 2011, the Parliamentary Assembly granted the Moroccan
Parliament partner for democracy status (see Resolution 1818 (2011)). The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights had
previously supported the Moroccan Parliament’s request in this regard,
while stressing the need for the country to pursue constitutional
reform, accede to certain Council of Europe conventions and respect
human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country. On two occasions, in June 2013 and
2015, the Assembly carried out an evaluation of this partnership
in its Resolutions 1942
(2013) and 2061
(2015), to which the committee also contributed
with an opinion.
3. As underlined by the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy,
co-operation between the Moroccan Parliament and the Assembly has
intensified since 2011 and Morocco has successfully pursued reforms
to strengthen democratic governance.
4. The committee therefore wishes to propose some amendments
to further strengthen the draft resolution concerning the aspects
relating to human rights in order to encourage the Moroccan authorities
to guarantee that the rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined
in the 2011 Constitution are fully implemented in practice. In addition,
given that the committee has regularly considered issues relating
to the death penalty in Morocco, on the basis of information documents
presented by its general rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, it would like to encourage the
Moroccan authorities to abolish the death penalty entirely.