1. The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights congratulates
the rapporteur of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy,
Mr Bogdan Klich, on his comprehensive report, and supports by and
large the proposed draft resolution.
2. The Parliament of Morocco was granted partner for democracy
status on 21 June 2011 (see Resolution 1818
(2011)). Beforehand, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human
Rights supported the request of the Parliament of Morocco in this
respect, whilst stressing the need to pursue constitutional reform, adhere
to certain Council of Europe conventions and respect human rights
and fundamental freedoms in Morocco. In June 2013, the Parliamentary
Assembly evaluated this partnership in its Resolution 1942 (2013) on the evaluation of the partnership for democracy in
respect of the Parliament of Morocco, for
which the committee had also contributed an opinion.
3. Since 2013, co-operation between the Parliament of Morocco
and the Parliamentary Assembly has further developed and Morocco
has pursued reforms in line with the commitments stemming from Resolution 1818 (2011). However, with respect to the human rights situation,
most of the concerns mentioned in the committee’s opinion of 2013,
and set forth in Assembly Resolution
2004 (2014) remain valid,
in particular on the use of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment,
poor conditions of detention, and violations of the freedoms of
expression, assembly and association. Moreover, new issues of concern
have appeared in the meantime.
4. Thus, the committee wishes to propose some amendments to further
strengthen the draft resolution regarding human rights aspects.