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Morocco hosts ‘masquerade’ civil rights forum (Aljaazeera)

Morocco’s foremost civil liberties activists won’t attend an international human rights forum that the government launched Thursday in the tourist hub of Marrakech. After numerous attempts this year to bar them from organizing, the activists call the event “a farce” designed to perpetuate misconceptions about the state’s self-branded progressivism.

The Moroccan Association of Human Rights, known by its French abbreviation AMDH, says that this year’s World Forum on Human Rights — an annual gathering of international rights activists — is a “masquerade” designed to deceive Western political and business partners about the North African kingdom’s 2011 political reform project, launched in response to an ongoing popular movement for civil liberties. A handful of other rights groups, including free press as well as gay and reproductive rights advocacy organizations, are also boycotting the event.


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