UN Rapporteur on Independence of Judges Cancels Morocco Visit

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Rabat – The UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego Garcia-Sayan, has announced the cancellation of his visit to Morocco, initially scheduled for March 20-26.Garcia-Sayan had to cancel his visit to the country because the Moroccan government failed “to ensure the necessary conditions for his visit.”“The Government of Morocco has not been able to ensure a work programme consistent with the needs of the mandate and the terms of reference for country visits by special procedures,” he said in a statement published in the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) website. Read also: Morocco Rejects Amnesty International’s ‘Biased, Inaccurate’ ReportsGarcia-Sayan added, “It is most regrettable that the suggestions of places to visit and schedule of work were not fully taken into consideration by the Government. It is an essential precondition for the exercise of the mandate of Special Rapporteur that I am able to freely determine my priorities, including places to visit.”He took to Twitter to reiterate why he canceled the trip.“I had to cancel the mission on judicial independence to Morocco that began today. When a State does not provide adequate facilities it is not serious to carry out a mission,” tweeted Garcia-Sayan on Tuesday.The UN human rights office stressed that “governments are obliged to guarantee and facilitate [special rapporteurs] freedom of movement and freedom of inquiry.”Garcia-Sayan’s visit was to examine the independence and impartiality of judges and prosecutors and the independent exercise of lawyering.

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