Human Rights and the State in Morocco: Impact of the 20 February Movement

The Moroccan state started to seriously interact with the human rights discourse in the early 1990s due to long domestic struggles by human rights advocates and global pressures to reform. At the same time, human rights organizations have developed and set aside much of their political lineage, taking up an active role in policy advocacy and pushing for alternatives to meet growing social and societal demands. The 2011 movement has revitalized the human rights approach to politics and social problems, and culminated a decades-long struggle to peacefully and gradually move to a social rights-based contract with the state. Such a state of affairs no longer seems far off.

Arab Reform Initiative - Human Rights and the State in Morocco: Impact of the 20 February Movement
Maati Monjib, a Moroccan human rights activist and co-founder of Freedom Now, protests against his ban to leave Morocco and police harassment during a sit-in in Rabat | October 2015© Abdelhak Senna/EPA