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UN human rights expert to visit Morocco to assess racism, discrimination

The UN Special Rapporteur on racism will visit Morocco from 13 to 21 December to examine the country’s efforts to eliminate racial inequality and discrimination.

“My mission to Morocco, which will include visits to Rabat, Tangier, Tétouan, Agadir, and Casablanca, will focus on all facets of racial inequality that pose an obstacle to the full enjoyment of human rights,” said  Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume. “I seek to collect information on possible incidents of racism and related intolerance in the country, as well as structural forms of discrimination and exclusion.”

The Special Rapporteur said she would examine the situation of the Amazigh peoples of Morocco, as well as the life experiences of black Moroccans, Jews and other minorities.

The independent expert’s visit to Morocco begins just a few days after Marrakesh hosted the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. “I anticipate that my mission will closely monitor refugees and migrants’ experiences with discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance,” Achiume said.

During her official mission, Achiume intends to convene civil society consultations during which she can meet with a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society actors, community representatives, and individual victims of racism and discrimination. She will also speak with government officials.

“I especially look forward to hearing from women, young people, faith leaders, refugees, migrants, people deprived of liberty, those with disabilities, and others whose experiences with racial and ethnic discrimination are likely to be compounded with other grounds of discrimination,” Achiume said.

The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference on 21 December 2018 at 11:30 am to share her preliminary observations and recommendations. This press conference will take place at Hôtel La Tour Hassan, 26, Avenue Chellah, Rabat. Access to the news conference will be strictly limited to journalists.

Achiume will submit a full report of her visit to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in July 2019.

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