Human rights activists gather to discuss the “deteriorating economic and social situation” in Morocco

An accurate diagnosis of the causes of “living conditions and the deterioration of economic, social and cultural rights” in Morocco with “examination of ways to address and prospects for social struggle,” included in the activities of a dialogue table organized by Moroccan activities linked to the “Moroccan Coalition of Human Rights Bodies,” Friday night, at the headquarters of the Moroccan Human Rights Association in Rabat.

Moroccan human rights, trade union and political leaders gathered around this roundtable, in an effort to “evaluate the social struggle and discuss the current situation in Morocco” from a human rights point of view, primarily, without compromising the economic and social dimension that dominated. most of the interventions that enriched the conversation space.

The first interventions were economic, according to economist Najeeb Aksabi, of the website Al-Areef al-Akhbar al-Kubra (The Secrets of Numbers and Indicators), which was reviewed by the same speaker and said that “the international context of the crisis can not be denied; But most of the reasons for what we are currently experiencing are internal and not external, ”noting that“ the global economy is not good, it is moving from a bad situation to worse, ”according to Aksabi’s description.

The economist added, in his diagnosis, that “the growth expectations are disappointing in most reports from international institutions,” adding that for Morocco, “the data and indicators remain from the High Commissioner’s Forward Planning Report on 2022/23. . worrying, “considering that it is” evidence of data evidence. ” An official institution on the deterioration of the economic and social situation, especially when the High Commissioner spoke of the continuation of high inflation to poverty rates in Morocco.

Aksabi pointed out that what we are experiencing, in short, is “stagflation in the shadow of inflation,” or what is academically known as “stagflation”; He sees this as a “special economic situation” exacerbated by the rise in fuel prices and the consolidation of the trade deficit.

In turn, Abd al-Razzaq al-Idrisi, general secretary of the National University of Education-Democratic Orientation, spoke about “cultural rights that are often forgotten in the third place after economic and social rights,” noting that they are rights. which remains closely related to a very sensitive and vital sector, which is education, which he says is threatened by the “high school dropouts and illiteracy figures”; Before criticizing the union itself, “the school abandoned its basic educational and educational roles.”

The voice of the Moroccan Association for the Protection of Public Funds was present in the discussion, in the person of a member of its national office, Maryam Benkhouia, who monitored the contribution of her civic organization to efforts to “corruption, bribery and influence and power, ”and emphasizes in this regard the need to link the responsibility for the management and spending of public money with accountability, and to activate it through the role of the judicial and regulatory bodies involved in the constitution. ”

In her intervention, Benkhouia cited figures she saw as “disturbing” about the state of administrative corruption in Morocco, and warned of its “direct impact on the kingdom’s loss of valuable growth points”.

On the other hand, Younes Ferrachine, coordinator of the “Moroccan Social Front,” explained the context of the establishment of the latter, noting that the idea of ​​its establishment came in the context of “retreat and the gains of rights and strikes freedoms in Morocco, ”according to the speaker’s expression, which went on to say that“ the struggle is by trade unions and traditional parties. ” It proved its limitations and effectiveness, in a way that necessitated the grouping of groups and the unification of social protest dynamics into one framework.

Verashin pointed to the need to activate what he called the “proximity strategy” within the struggle of the “social front” so that the latter could adopt “local claimants who have their own peculiarities”. It requires “means of struggle mobilization through an intellectual, framework and communicative effort” in view of the fact that “the various militant activities fail to link major human rights demands with the daily life of the citizen.”

The intervention of Ali Boutawala, secretary general of the Social Democratic Vanguard Party, made an effort to talk about possible solutions to “give new impetus to the struggle, especially in left-wing circles in Morocco,” and noted that “The diagnosis of the current situation in Morocco includes a dialectical link between what is political, economic, social and human rights.” However, he added that “politics is the determining factor for the rest of the fields.”

Boutawala went on to say that “what is currently needed is how to mobilize forces for a qualitative shift in the struggle in Morocco,” citing in this regard the reasons represented in “the decline of field mobilization, and the absence” of the institutionally strong opposition. ” This, according to the left-wing leader, led to a “deep crisis of confidence in society that threatens to paralyze the social system,” before concluding by saying: “The unification of the left is an existential necessity, not only not a political one. “

The talk of the “unification of the Moroccan left” silenced the intervention of Abdel Salam Laaziz, secretary general of the Federal National Congress, and asked a fundamental question: “What do we expect from the left in the current situation?” Before you provide some elements of the answer by saying that the fusion between its components is “not forced,” but rather motivated by the return of the mind to the left and its work.

The Moroccan left-wing leader, whose party took part in the “Federalization of the Democratic Left” experience, stressed that “openness to citizens and their concerns remains the essence of the demands for change in Morocco,” pointing out that the left work should focus on strengthening “the institutions of self-defense for society,” according to his description. , with “pursuing a policy of proximity and field.”

It is noteworthy that the Moroccan Coalition of Human Rights Bodies, founded in 2011, brings together about 20 human rights bodies, organizations and activities from different regions and spectrums, and aims to “bring together the dispersed human rights organizations in Morocco and unite the social struggle. . in certain files, ”according to one of his leaders at the dialogue table.

The last discussion at the discussion table was shared by Mustafa Al-Brahma, the national author of the Democratic Approach Party, who referred to the danger of “political fragmentation and the forces of human rights struggle” on the anti-struggle act, before aimed at the necessity of accepting the two conditions of “clarity and unity” in order to bring about a “break with the present social balance of power.

In a short speech, the Brahmins called on the various militant actors of all sects and levels (mass base as well as the leadership) to actively work on the formation of the “Rescue Front” based on a specific program of demand, purely that unifying efforts to strengthen the purposeful action of the struggle.

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