Morocco Irked by U.S. Human Rights Report
Morocco, a key ally of the United States and the West in the war against terrorism, has rejected the latest U.S. State Department’s report on human rights in the North African kingdom, saying it includes lies.
The contents of the report published on April 13, 2016 by the State Department are “truly scandalous”. The reports’ allegations went “from approximation of information to pure and simple invention, from erroneous appreciation to lies”, said the Moroccan interior ministry.
In a press release, the ministry slammed the sources used to compile the report describing it as “unreliable” and “politically hostile.”
Morocco TV channels showed Tuesday footage of a meeting between Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad and U.S. Ambassador Dwight Bush on the report. The State Department issues a country-by-country report each year on human rights around the world.
”In recent years, the Moroccan government has continued to draw the attention of US authorities to the unfair (…) content of the State Department’s report on Human Rights”, said the Moroccan interior ministry.
Often, the cited exclusive sources are ”unreliable”, politically motivated and ”baseless”, added communiqué, denouncing the report’s hasty conclusions.
”Morocco, which is confident in the evolution of its societal model, conceived and implemented by Moroccans and for Moroccans, does not accept lessons from anyone”, stressed the interior ministry statement, noting that Morocco welcomes ”constructive criticism” but ”cannot accept fabricated facts and false claims”
The communiqué also referred to a dialogue opened by Moroccan authorities with American officials to provide comprehensive details on any case, but to no avail.
“Morocco wants no more evasive responses, but precise case by case answers,” said the statement.
Therefore, Moroccan authorities said they are compelled “to explore all possible paths” to expose the report’s errors and are “prepared to go to the end,” not excluding taking its case to the “highest authorities in the different national American institutions.”
But the government of the North African country pins high hopes that its American partners will restore truth, unmask the lies and recognize the major strides made by the Kingdom in all fields, including human rights protection.