DIDH denounces AI's impartial report

Once again, the Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights (DIDH) has expressed its dissatisfaction with Amnesty International’s continuation of its campaigns against Morocco, through its report delivered on December 13, 2022, concerning the events at the point crossing Nador-Melilla, June 24, 2022.

According to the DIDH, which expressed itself on this subject via a press release, Amnesty’s report on the events in Nador-Melilla is ” biased and ordered with a unilateral source, whose allegations lack supporting evidence, objectivity and impartiality. Principles that must be respected, as long-standing traditions in the work of international non-governmental organizations working in the field of human rights“.

Thus, the DIDH expressed its astonishment that the NGO relied, in its sources, on three associations, ” one known for its radical political positions, which do not qualify it to carry out an impartial and honest investigation, and the second known for its hostility to the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco, in addition to having nothing to do with the subject and location of the events, while the third association, in turn, did not conduct any investigation into the subject“.

In this sense, the DIDH considered that “ Amnesty source is dysfunctional from the start”and in fact, the Delegation can only present the shortcomings of the organization’s report.

Among the weaknesses and shortcomings contained in the AI ​​report and listed by the DIDH, figure ” the suspicious ignorance of the data contained in the response of the public authorities on the said events, in interaction with the special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council, published on September 12, 2022″.

The second shortcoming, continues DIDH, is that AI ” merely paid a visit to the city of Melilla for a period of five days, without obtaining any evidence to prove her allegations, which forced her to turn to other parties, including the sources aroused, including impartiality is challenged“.

The third weakness in AI’s report and raised by DIDH is the NGO’s persistence “to increase the number of victims, without relying on credible documents or the results of investigations or authentic documents “.

Faced with this report impartial of AI, DIDH wished to recall the facts concerning the events that took place at the Nador-Melilla crossing point on June 24, 2022, noting that all the arrests made are motivated by the commission of reprehensible acts by law and that the attack left 23 would-be illegal immigrants dead, in addition to injured illegal migrants and law enforcement officials, as announced by public authorities in their response to the joint statement of the Human Rights Council’s special procedures of the United Nations, and to which ” AI remained indifferent, as did the instruction of an investigation, still in progress, carried out by the judicial authorities“, specifies the DIDH.

Also, the Delegation made a point of stressing in its statement that ” the public authorities had specified that the security forces did not resort to bullets, but were content to repel the attackers with the legal means at their disposal, despite their proven dangerousness“, while ensuring in the management of this incident to use force in a proportional manner in accordance with the law and the requirements of the maintenance of public order and the protection of HR, for which the public authorities have assumed full responsibility on the forensic expertise plan.

To conclude, the DIDH denounced the negligence by AI of the major role of the Kingdom of Morocco in the management of the migration problem and asylum seekers, in addition to the efforts made by Morocco in favor of the integration of migrants in all areas, thus rejecting outright the elements contained in his report.

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