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Discrimination Against Migrants Persists in Morocco: Report




(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat- Citizens and migrants alike continue to experience discrimination in Morocco, according to a recent report carried out by a civil council, composed of 13 Moroccan associations, dedicated to countering all forms of discrimination practised in the country. Despite the 2011 Constitution's protections, the report reveals that discriminatory violations based on gender, color, race, sexuality, disability, and social situation is still prevalent in many regions of the kingdom. The report reveals that stereotypes continue to hamper social progress as immigrants in Morocco, falsely perceived by some to be uneducated or unstable, face continued collective discrimination. Drawing from migrant testimonies, including those of the Anti-racist Group in Defense of Migrants and Foreigners (GADEM) and the Lumière Association on Immigration in Morocco (ALCEMA). the report maintains that 92 percent of immigrants have been subjected to racism, 23 percent of whom asserted that their skin color was the main reason they were attacked in a public space, while 13 percent believed religion was the primary factor. The report suggests that violence and discrimination triggers insecurity among those subjected to it and hinders Morocco's social integration. ALCEMA reveals that discrimination against women housekeepers is also on the increase, adding that foreign women domestic workers are the most vulnerable to this kind of discrimination. The same source states that discrimination against children is taken for granted; many children born to single mothers cannot obtain identity documents, due to their mothers fear of societal judgment and punishment by law since Article 490 of the Penal Code criminalizes sexual intercourse outside of wedlock. Another widely practiced form of discrimination is based on sexual orientation. Same-sex relations are punishable by law according to Articles 483, 489, 490 and 491 of the Penal Code. 'These people are discriminated against because of their sexual identities and self-expression,' the report emphasized, adding that they are also deprived of other fundamental rights like healthcare, education, employment, and social security. The civil council is composed of the following organizations: Colombe Blanche Association for People of Special Needs (ACB), Hasnouna Association for the Support of Drug Users (AHSUD), Youth Association (AJJ), Anti-racist Group in Defense of Migrants and Foreigners (GADEM), the Lumière Association on Immigration in Morocco (ALCEMA), Alternative Citizens Movement (ALCI), Anir Association, Thissaghnasse Association for Culture and Development (Asticude), Aswat Association Against Discrimination Based on Sexuality and Gender Identities (ASWAT), Protection of Women's Rights Initiative (IPDF), Prometheus Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IPDDH), Young Women for Democracy (JPD), and Oasis Verte for Development and Democracy"

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Discrimination Against Migrants Persists in Morocco: Report

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