The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination congratulates
the rapporteur of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy
on its detailed analysis of the situation in Morocco from the point
of view of democratic institutions and fundamental freedoms. It
supports the draft resolution and agrees with the assessment that
the partnership for democracy with the Parliament of Morocco is
overall very satisfactory.
The principle underlying partner for democracy status, namely
open and constructive co-operation to strengthen democracy, human
rights and the rule of law, prompts the Assembly to underline the
positive developments, without disregarding any of the more critical
aspects, and to assure the Moroccan authorities of its political
support for the reform process.
Accordingly, it needs to be pointed out that in certain areas
more progress could be made in the implementation of the political
commitments entered into by Morocco. Such is the case with regard
to gender equality, despite the remarkable progress made since 2004,
and the respect for the right to private and family life.
The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination again emphasises
the excellent co-operation with the Moroccan parliamentary delegation,
both in terms of its members’ active participation in the committee’s
work and with regard to the opportunities given to the delegation
to carry out regional inter-parliamentary co-operation activities
in Morocco on issues dealt with by the committee.