has been an active member since it joined the Human Rights Council in 2014.
Morocco has shown a mixed record on country-specific situations, voting in
favour of some resolutions, but also supporting other initiatives aimed at
protecting rights-abusive governments from international scrutiny.
Voting Record in 2016
Voting Record in 2015
Voting record in 2014
In its first year since re-joining the Human Rights Council, Morocco has a mixed record regarding support for Council action on country situations. Morocco voted in favor of all resolutions on Syria adopted at the Council. It also supported the resolution on North Korea, consistent with its position on the North Korea resolution at the UN General Assembly. However, Morocco abstained on all other country resolutions put to a vote under agenda Items 2 and 4, including the Sri Lanka resolution. Morocco supported a no-action motion presented by Pakistan to adjourn the substantive debate on the Sri Lanka resolution, a procedural move that is anathema to the Council’s mandate of addressing situations of concern. Morocco also regrettably joined the joint declaration put forward by Saudi Arabia that backed the government crackdown in Egypt, despite the massive rights violations it entailed. Morocco voted in favor of all resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories (OPT).
In spite of its inconsistent voting record on country resolutions, Morocco has a strong record of engaging in the Council’s consideration of country situations. Morocco co-sponsored several resolutions, in addition to those co-sponsored by its regional groups. It was also among the main sponsors of the March 2014 Libya resolution, and of the March and September 2014 Syria resolutions. In doing so, Morocco is among the Council members that co-sponsored the largest number of country resolutions at the Council. Finally, Morocco made regular and substantive contributions to country-specific debates of the Council – though some of these interventions were rather uncritical of the violations committed by the government under scrutiny. It also supported the convening of the three special sessions held by the Council in 2014.
Morocco could improve its engagement in the Council's work on country situations by engaging more consistently across the spectrum of country situations considered by the Council. In particular, it should express stronger concern about serious human rights violations in its oral statements, and refrain from offering support to governments that are committing such abuses.