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Morocco
INTRODUCTION
1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Defense
4. Economy
a. Figures
5. Health
6. Education
a. Universities
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. Human rights
12. History
13. Cities and Towns



























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Human rights


Political oppression in Morocco has eased drastically since the 1990's. For the average citizen of Morocco, the country is very free and there are no form of infringements on the rights of the individual.
Freedom of expression is fairly good in Morocco compared to other Arab and Muslim countries. Some questions are not discussed in media, though, like the royal family and the matters concerning Western Sahara.
There is no form of pre-censorship but there is a well established culture for self-censorship in the media. Still, many journalists are persecuted for breaking law, a number that increase.
Morocco has objected to the visits of certain human rights groups to both mainland Morocco and the contested territories.
Religious freedom exists. Morocco is one of few lands allowing marriage between Muslim women and non-Muslims. Renouncing Islam remains illegal.
Since 2005, Moroccan men are no longer permitted to take more than one wife. Women are secured at least 10% of the seats in the parliament. Since 2006, Moroccan citizenship can be transferred from mother to child, before this was only from father to child.
Gay rights in Morocco are both good and poor. Homosexuality is punishable with up to 3 years imprisonment. Yet, this is sleeping jurisprudence and homosexuality is acted out openly in large cities. Even lesbian relationships are in some cases exhibited to the public.
Morocco is active in the international work on stopping certain extremist groups in planning and carrying out terrorist attacks. Predictably, the country is criticized by international organizations like Amnesty International in these efforts.

Western Sahara
Oppression against dissidents demanding Sahrawi rights and independence for Western Sahara continues. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) criticized the lack of human rights in this region in 2006.

Foreigners
Morocco has taken measures in preventing illegal immigration of bounty-hunting citizens from several African countries using Morocco as the bridge to Europe. Many indicators suggest that Morocco is doing less than it could in protecting international law of European countries and peoples in this matter.




By Tore Kjeilen