Top advocacy groups to boycott Morocco rights forum

Members of the Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH) shout slogans during a demonstration outside the parliament building on November 16, 2014, in RabatTwo of Morocco’s main advocacy groups said Monday they would boycott a global human rights forum later this month, after accusations that the government had interfered with their work. The independent Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) announced the boycott a day after organising a protest in front of parliament against what it called a “systemic ban” on its activities. AMDH President Ahmed el Haij had hinted that the group would boycott the conference due to be held in Marrakech on November 27-30. “The situation that we are experiencing doesn’t seem compatible with our participation” in the World Forum on Human Rights, he said.

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