The Human Rights Watch (HRW) report for the year 2021 did not give adequate attention to national efforts aimed at promoting the situation of migrants and refugees, said the Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights ( IDH).
In response to HRW’s allegations, DIDH stressed that this organization has remained faithful to its style of questioning Morocco’s management of migration and asylum affairs, estimating that only half of the refugees have regular residence permits and work permits.
HRW also mentioned alleged violations of the rights of migrants, including arbitrary searches and detentions and forced displacements, without once again providing the slightest detail on these cases, noted DIDH.
The Delegation indicated that HRW did not pay due attention to Morocco’s efforts to promote the situation of migrants and refugees, cited among good practices at the regional level and hailed internationally, taking into account the achievements made in terms of the legal recognition of migrants, the examination and processing of asylum applications and the strengthening of economic and social rights, through the opening of economic and social integration channels for the benefit of migrants and their families and refugees and asylum seekers.
The same source recalled, in this regard, that the Kingdom is making these efforts in a regional environment marked by the presence of the phenomena of terrorism and human trafficking, from which many refugees and migrants suffer.
With regard to the other cases cited in the report, and in view of the selective and politicized methodology followed by HRW, the DIDH refers this organization, in the event that it wishes to verify the facts, to the data provided by the Kingdom within the framework of treaty practice and government-accepted recommendations on them.
The Interministerial Delegation further informed that the full interaction with the reports of HRW and other international NGOs will be the subject of a detailed thematic report which will be published next May, after the publication of all the reports from these organizations.