Morocco loses human rights battle in AU

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), July 2, 2017 (SPS) - The Moroccan delegation participating in the session of the AU Executive Council in Addis Ababa, led by Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, has failed to remove paragraphs from the report of the Executive Council on the visit of the African Commission on Human Rights and Peoples to the occupied parts of the Sahrawi Republic.

The Moroccan delegation's defeat came after the adoption by the Executive Council on Sunday of a document proposed by Nigeria confirming the maintenance of paragraphs 88 and 89 of the report of the Committee of Permanent Representatives and adherence to the implementation of the previous decision on completing the visit of the African Commission on Human Rights and Peoples' to the region and witnessing the situation of human rights there, in addition to proposing practical arrangements between the African Union and the Kingdom of Morocco.

Following the adoption of the Nigerian proposal by the Executive Council, the participating Moroccan delegation reduced its presence, where the ministerial delegation left, keeping only some diplomatic staff inside the conference hall. (SPS)