The Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, Omar Hilale underlined, in an interview with the prestigious American magazine “Newslooks”, That the reforms of“huge proportion”Launched by HM King Mohammed VI enabled achievements“remarkable”Throughout the national territory, including the Moroccan Sahara.
“During the last two decades, the far-reaching reforms launched by His Majesty King Mohammed VI have enabled remarkable achievements aimed at promoting and protecting the rights of every person throughout the national territory without any distinction whatsoever.”, Asserted Mr. Hilale during this interview carried out by the eminent American journalist Rachel Alexander.
The Ambassador observed that today, more than any other country in the region, Morocco has put in place legal and institutional guarantees of full, effective and irreversible respect for human rights.
He further indicated that human rights constitute “the backbone”Of the Moroccan Constitution, which affirms the Kingdom’s attachment to human rights as they are universally recognized, adding that under the Constitution, international conventions duly ratified by the Kingdom take precedence over domestic law. “It is fundamental knowing that Morocco has adhered to all international human rights instruments”Mr. Hilale said.
The ambassador wanted to explain that the situation of full enjoyment of human rights in the Moroccan Sahara “is no differente ”from other regions of the country, as evidenced by the elections of September 8, which also took place in the Moroccan Sahara, in a climate of serenity and tranquility and in accordance with international democratic standards. A reality confirmed by international and local observers, he said.
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The participation rate of the populations of the Moroccan Sahara in this triple ballot – the highest at the national level with 63% – provides information on the attachment of these populations to their Moroccan nature, as well as their desire to contribute to socio-economic development in Morocco. and in their region, through the implementation of the New Development Model of the Southern Provinces launched by HM King Mohammed VI in 2015, he said, specifying that this innovative model has a budget of more than eight billion dollars.
Mr. Hilale recalled that in 1975, when Morocco recovered its southern provinces, this part of the Kingdom was a “complete” desert, noting that today the Sahara is “one of the most developed not only in Morocco but also throughout the region ”, thanks to Morocco’s achievements in terms of infrastructure (airports, Olympic sports facilities, universities, roads, etc.), all achievements which have been recognized by the Secretary General United Nations.
At the international level, the Kingdom is engaged in a “constructive, voluntary and sustained interaction” with the UN human rights system, in all its components, the diplomat added, adding that Morocco has received, during the last years, more than 13 visits, including to the Sahara, by United Nations human rights mandate holders. “This is by far the highest number of visits to a country in the region”, He said, adding that the Kingdom also extended an open invitation to all the mechanisms of the UN.
In addition, the ambassador exposed the maneuvers of the separatist group of the “polisario” which constantly resorts to “unfounded” allegations and fake news in an attempt to mislead the international community about the human rights situation. ‘Man in the Moroccan Sahara.
In this sense, he stressed that the resolutions of the UN Security Council, including the one adopted on October 29 (2602), constitute the “best” response to these lies, noting that in these resolutions, the United Nations executive body welcomes Morocco’s interaction with the special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the role of the regional commissions of the National Human Rights Council in Dakhla and Laâyoune.
They also highlight the initiatives undertaken by Morocco in favor of the promotion and protection of these rights in the Sahara, said Mr. Hilale, stressing that Morocco is a country “firmly” attached to the strengthening and protection of rights. of Man throughout its territory, including its southern provinces.