The impact of impunity on violating cultural rights in Morocco

Authored by: Osire Glacier

Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138807679
eBook ISBN: 9781315750972
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613763


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This chapter argues that in Morocco, and in North Africa and the Middle East generally, power structures in place rather than cultural determinism produce the human rights violations prevalent in those regions. Of course, few would be surprised to learn that Morocco ranks among the world’s worst nations in terms of its human rights record. 1 In fact, the commonplace abuses committed by the Moroccan state against its citizens reinforce popular beliefs that equate Arab-Muslim nations with authoritarianism. The unbridled violation of human rights is essential to authoritarian regimes after all. This reality has led some scholars to argue that Arab-Muslim culture is intrinsically authoritarian and, therefore, incompatible with democratic values. 2 Others have gone as far as to divide the globe into two opposed camps: a despotic East and a democratic West. 3

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