A book tracking the evolution of human rights in Morocco was presented by author Mohamed Saadi Monday at the International Book Fair of Casablanca (SIEL). During the presentation of the Book, entitled "Le difficile chemin des droits de l'homme au Maroc: du déni à la reconnaissance" (the challenging path of human rights in Morocco: from denial to recognition), Saadi showed enthusiasm about the progress made so far in Morocco, particularly in the institutional domain, thanks to modifications of several laws in favor of human rights. The question of strengthening human rights in Morocco is addressed immediately by Saadi within the first lines of his book's introduction. The author effectively writes that in the last few years the human rights situation in Morocco has evoked significant interest nationally and internationally.
Saadi went on to comment on the democratic and political opening witnessed since the final years of the reign of HM Hassan II and reinforced with the reforms undertaken under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI. In this respect, he said these reforms gave way to a new dynamic in favor of human rights creating huge expectations about a new political era in departure from prior practices. Saadi, however, notes that despite positive and significant changes towards the reinforcement and guarantees of human rights, formidable challenges still remain in terms of poverty, illiteracy, constitutional reforms, reconciliation with the past, fostering the rule of law and citizenship rights, promoting Amazigh culture, combating corruption and bureaucracy and reinforcing the independence of the magistracy.
The 180 page book was published in 2010 and is broken down into chapters discussing the evolution of human rights in Morocco, institutional reforms, legal reforms, the fight against terrorism and the decline of human rights in Morocco, the experience of reconciliation, the Amazighe culture and the respect of cultural diversity and illegal immigration and international immigration law.