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UN Approves Morocco’s Human Rights Program Despite Criticism by NGOs

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Rabat – The United Nations’ Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has accepted Morocco’s response to the recommendations of its Universal Periodic Review, delivered on September 21 in Geneva by Mustapha Ramid, Minister in charge of Human Rights.

While many states lauded Morocco’s commitment to human rights, commending the kingdom’s decision to accept the majority of UNRHC’s recommendation, for many NGOs, Morocco still has a long way to go.

Ramid’s presentation, in which his stated that “Morocco appreciated the interest given to all institutional reforms during the review, which it had pursued by amending the constitution,” was applauded by countries including Afghanistan, China, Azerbaijan, and Egypt.

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“Morocco fully supported 191 out of 244 recommendations, 78 percent of the total number of recommendations, including 23 recommendations that were fully implemented; 44 recommendations were taken into consideration, and 9 recommendations were not accepted as they did not fall within the mandate of the Human Rights Council,” said Ramid during the speech.

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The minister also explained that the kingdom’s total or partial rejection of certain recommendations was based on “compliance with the principles and provisions of the Moroccan Constitution and ratified international Conventions.”

Among these rejected recommendation are the death penalty, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and the family code, which for Ramid were red lines Morocco will not cross.
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Ramid’s response on these “red lines” brought him under the fire of many national and international NGOs.

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The National Human Rights Council (CNDH) was the first to take the floor after the positive feedback delivered by the participating countries. The CNDH expressed its disappointment to see that the government led by the PJD did not accept all the recommendations, reiterating its opposition to the death penalty and support for its abolition in Morocco.

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Morocco – Société Générale Maroc Clients Panic After Thousands Of Dirhams Withdrawn From Accounts

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Rabat – Société Générale Maroc’s (SGM) clients woke up to a bad surprise this morning. The bank charged several clients’ accounts a sum of MAD 2,000, justifying the withdrawal as “credit card sign-up fee for a virtual purchasing card.”

After hundreds of customers of the SGM bank saw their bank accounts accidentally debited sums of money without having carried out any transactions, clients took to social media to express their dismay, demanding answers from the bank.

Some rushed to the bank customer relations center to try to understand what is happening, as the switchboard is currently blocked. The issue seems to be a general attack on all servers of the bank.

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The bank confirmed that the issue is simply a technical error in the information system of the bank error that touched about 900,000 clients’ accounts.

Speculations about an alleged hacking attack pushed a number of customers to block their banking accounting, while a bank official assured that SGM will reopen their accounts without any extra fees.

This is not the first time the bank has encountered similar problems. In late June, the Moroccan subsidiary of the French bank experienced severe disruptions in wage transfer operations managed by the bank. Thousands of clients did not receive their salaries on time.

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After the incident in June, Société Générale explained that “the computer engineering that manages the transfers [had] experienced malfunctions that disrupted the operations.”


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African Lion Military Exercise 2017 – Moroccan, And US Forces In Joint Military Manoeuvres

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RABAT MOROCCO –   US Embassy and military sources said Moroccan and US forces are among nearly 1 300 troops from across the world taking part in a major military exercise in southern Morocco.

Military personnel from Britain, France, Germany, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Spain and Tunisia are also taking part in the joint manoeuvres known as African Lion 2017.

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The annual exercise began on Wednesday and runs until April 28 around the southern towns of Tifnit and Agadir. It includes land, air and naval elements.

They are led by the Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa and sponsored by the US Africa Command.

 The manoeuvres aim to improve the operational capacities of the US military and “interoperability” with its partners around the world, the US embassy in Rabat said in a statement.

American and Moroccan forces form the bulk of the troops taking part.

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Meet Najat Rochdi, Moroccan Woman Recently Appointed MINUSCA Deputy Special Representative Of The UN

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Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced last week the appointment of Moroccan woman Najat Rochdi as his new Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), where she will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Ms. Rochdi was born in 1961 and has four children.

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Ms. Rochdi grew up in the city of Oujda, located about 15 kilometres (9 miles) west of the Algerian border.

Ms. Rochdi received a high school degrees in Mathematics in Oujda, and a DEUG degree in the very same city, before moving to further her studies in France, Canada, and Morocco.

Ms. Rochdi has an extensive experience in development and humanitarian affairs. She has been serving as the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Cameroon since 2013. She served as Deputy Director in charge of Policy, Communication and Operation in the UNDP Geneva Liaison Office and as UNDP Regional Coordinator of Information and Communication Technology for Development in the Arab Region (ICTDAR) in Cairo, Egypt.

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Prior to her tenure with UNDP, she held senior level positions in the Moroccan Government, including Deputy Minister of Small and Medium Enterprise, Director General of International Cooperation and Development in the Ministry of Post and Information Technology and Advisor to the Prime Minister. She has also been a professor at the Collège Royal and at the Information Sciences University in Rabat, Morocco.

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Ms. Rochdi holds a Doctorate in Mathematics and Engineering in Computer Sciences from the University of National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA) in Rabat and the University of Montreal.

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Abandoned by his wife, he sets himself on fire

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Between life and death, this young man who set himself on fire, last Thursday, by the fire at his home in the district, Moulay Rachid, group 4, in Casablanca, is always in the service of the Burns at the Hospital University Ibn Rochd, with 3rd degree burns.

Following a misunderstanding, his wife left him, on the feast of the sacrifice, to return to the parental home. Since then, every time her husband ask to return to the matrimonial home. But in vain.

She says she has more to live with him under the same roof. To protest this decision, the husband himself home before going out asking relief. Neighbours intervene to save covering of sheets and by alerting the civil protection.

 
 
 

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Infrastructure – The Grand Theatre in Rabat will be ready in 2018

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The Grand Theatre Rabat is a project characterized by a modern design with a futuristic architecture that involves and requires methodologies and implementation techniques and building very complex and developed.

Good news for lovers of r’batis and slaouis shows. The work of the great theater of Rabat entered a very active phase. The site shows a very satisfactory rate of progress to be ready in the year 2018. This project required a total budget of 1.452 MDH. This includes the design, construction and equipment of the project. “At today’s date, the work contracts of the Grand Theatre Rabat covering all lots were awarded, and the designated national and international companies are successful companies that specialize in achieving similar benefits.

This is lots of scenic equipment and systems, completion of the exterior building envelope, supply and equipment armchairs systems and architectural batch of home and the auditorium. Ongoing work on the site are the structural works, civil engineering, steel structure and technical lots, “says Nada El Kasmi, deputy general manager of the company Bouregreg cultures, a subsidiary of the Agency for the development of the valley Bouregreg.

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And further that “in terms of progress, deep foundations are completed, slabs and elevations of the basement, ground floor, R 1, R 2, R 3 and R 4 are made + , building the hull in the “Back of House” part is made up to 70%. ” Regarding other work packages, the execution of studies and are produced under validation and the production phase will be launched very soon. Timeliness is central to our daily concerns given the technical complexity of implementation, says Nada El Kasmi.

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Work of the brilliant Anglo-Iraqi architect, the late Zaha Hadid, the Grand Theatre Rabat is a project characterized by a modern design with a futuristic architecture that involves and requires methodologies and implementation techniques and building very complex and developed. “This is equipment that has several peculiarities. We first mentioned the architectural aspect as it is a project characterized by a unique architecture that will help to complement the wealth of monuments in the city of Rabat and the position as a cultural and tourist center of the region, “Ms. El Kasmi.

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Moreover, from a technical point of view, Nada El Kasmi explains that “it is a high quality equipment which will have an auditorium that has the particularity to offer an acoustic and a class sightlines World and which will accommodate large variety of performances such as operas, symphony concerts and Rabat that will make a major destination on the national and international cultural scene. ” Another feature of the project is its location. Indeed, the Rabat Grand Theatre takes place on one of the most prestigious locations in Rabat, surrounded by the Hassan Tower, the Mohammed V Mausoleum and the river Bouregreg, the source added.

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A very sophisticated design

It is noteworthy that the design but also monitor your progress work on the site are via 3D modeling software given in the building consists of several complex structures and curves and for which the establishment plans 2D is not enough. Also, these complex structures such as concrete shell, the ribbon wall -which is a curved and convex wall that represents the outline of the auditorium and supporting the balconies and terraces of this dernier-, front pillars are … works directly involved in building stability and for which an increased vigilance and monitoring are required during implementation.

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Morocco – Man Slaughter’s His Friend Like A Goat Just Because He Wins A Girl They Both Wanted

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Mohamed is serving a sentence of three years Oukacha prison. It is now two months since he returned home to Assalam neighborhood in Sidi Bernoussi. The father, who was arrested because of drug trafficking, and found his friend Abdelilah, a street vendor of 45 years with whom he spends most of the time.

As usual, they meet this afternoon of Tuesday 13 September. They make a turn to the area before sitting down in a cafe. Night is falling. A few moments later, a young woman returns to the coffee and sits in the corner. The eyes meet. The young woman smiled. And the two friends decide to invite him to their table by betting on who manages to seduce her. Their invitation is accepted and the young woman joined them. The atmosphere is relaxed, the three laugh, chat and share jokes as if they had known long ago.

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Over time, it seems it’s Abdelilah who will win the bet. It shows a lot of interest in it, drinking his words, his words, and laughed uproariously when he tells a joke … Mohamed is found “out” despite all his efforts to charm. Proud of himself and sure of its effect on the young woman, Abdelilah invited him to accompany him. She accepted without hesitation.

Both, together, take the path to a local at one of his friends. On the other side, behind Mohamed’s not all alone to his home. But he can not digest his friend, older than him to ten years, comes to seduce the young woman and spend the night with her. Because of this, he stayed awake all night. So goes the next day in the arms of Morpheus and not out in the evening.

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It provides psychotropic pills he swallows quickly before heading to a market in the region. Here he looks at his friend, Abdelilah in full swing, trying to sell his onions. He slips quietly behind him. He quickly pulls him by the hair to the then slaughtered like a sheep. The scene lasts only a few seconds before Mohamed takes to their heels.

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The Anassi police hurries to the scene of the crime. The body is discharged to the morgue. The information was gathered by investigators who learn that Mohamed was staying with her in-laws residing at Sidi Bernoussi. No less than a quarter of an hour, it is sticky. For what mobile he killed his close friend? Mohamed replied that he felt humiliated when her friend arrived to seduce the young woman. He was caught by a lightning jealousy

Saturday, September 17, Mohammed is brought before the public prosecutor at the Court of Appeal which kept him in custody charged with premeditated murder and felonious.

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Morocco – Logicom settled to the Morocco, technological sphere grows

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The Morocco continues to attract international companies. Just arrived, the French brand Logicom comes to officially announce its presence to the Morocco.

 

This telecommunications company specialized in the field of consumer electronics, and more particularly in the sector of telephony and the new technology unveiled Thursday in Casablanca its activities just as the identity of his Tenor Distrib partner during a press briefing.

 

The Logicom brand behind it more than a quarter century of experience. Founded in 1993 by Jean Bessis, it develops and markets Featurephones, Smartphones, tablets, DECT and Internet of things in line with the technological developments of the market. It provides including Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR.

 

The brand continues to innovate and expand its presence throughout the world, it exports its products to different countries of Europe and Africa such as: the Belgium, the Switzerland, the Italy, the Spain, the Portugal, the Tunisia, the Algeria, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius and Cameroon. It is now present in 4,000 points of sale in France and more than 1,000 outlets internationally.

 

With an annual growth of 15%, Logicom was able to sell more than 55 million units, including through their direct partnership with Google, allowing it to guarantee its customers the best quality products with the latest versions of Android. According to the GFK for the 1st quarter of 2016, Logicom is ranked 3rd in terms of quantities sold. She realized a turnover of $ 100 million in 2015.

 

For its part, Tenor Distrib, new partner of Logicom, is a subsidiary of the Tenor holding group involved in value-added services. She is one of the 4 exclusive distributors of the products and services Inwi since February 2007 and covers the whole of the national territory through Inwi 74 stores and 1,000 resellers authorized for distribution of the Inwi products. She now realize an annual turnover of about 600 MD.

 

 
 

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Morocco – Boom in Early Retirement From Public Service

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Voluntary departures are almost becoming the rule from a few hundred a year before 2014 to more than 15,000 this year

 

The pension reform has been one of the flagship of the current Government achievements. Today, the legal age for retirement in the public service is at 63. But in fact, officials can still leave public administration more early by opting for early retirement, which is becoming a rule. The figures are instructive. In the space of a few years, retirement applications have exploded.

 

The effect of the reform, which comes into force is one of the main causes well obviously. Because early retirement was an option very little possible for officials except in case of force major. Thus, during the first nine years which preceded the reform, early retirement between 2006 and 2014 were barely 1,250, either an annual average of 138 pension. But as early as 2015, the number jumped to 7,500 cases. The year underway and according to a still provisional toll, the number of departures, early retirement has already exceeded the 15,000 records mainly in the sector of education. In a decade, therefore, the retirements have been increased by 15 times. In response to this grouped leak of the officials, the Minister in charge of the budget, Driss Azami Al Idrissi, said simply that the Government could not prohibit officials to resort to a legal provision under the Act.

 

Locking, really?

 

Certainly, the Government introduced changes to the voluntary retirements in the public service, but it seems already today that the changes will be very little deterrent effect. The new law, which comes into force in August requires agents of male sex in public administration to justify a period of actual service of 24 instead of 21 years before. For agents of the male sex in the public service, the required duration of effective service in the administration is 18 years instead of 15 years in the past. Even with these changes, government officials will still have all the latitude to leave the public service at age 60 or even earlier if they have already passed the minimum length of service without other constraints.

 

However, the new reform was made inevitable according to officials, because of the many more retirees of the public administration in comparison with active officials, which has the result of putting the financial balance of the pension to the test. On this point, reform, adopted in the forceps, brings no answers. It seems that a revision of the said reform has become a necessity unless you prefer to wait for the comprehensive reform that will not take place for several years. Reminder, the Government has managed to bring in pension reform at the last minute before the end of the current legislature after a tug of war that lasted months with unions.

 

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ministere_de_la_fonction_publiqueDe all sectors of the public service, the teaching is most affected by the demands of retirement. National education is indeed one of the largest employers.

 

With an increasing number of applications, the Minister of national education and vocational training, Rachid Belmokhtar, had developed a new circular in April 2015. The latter had set new eligibility criteria.

 

Thus, only officials totalling at least 30 years of effective work could benefit from early retirement. As a reminder, regulation before gave it the right to request an early departure to employees who have reached 15 years of service for women and 21 years for men and forced the State to respond positively to this demand for more than 30 years of service people.

 

In addition, the circular stated that thirty years of service must be justified until August 31 of each year, not counting periods of momentary stoppage of work and periods of disciplinary suspension.

 

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