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21 November 2005 by -

There was much discontent on October 31 during the inauguration of Mehdi Ben Barka square in Paris, near Lipp brasserie, where the Moroccan socialist leader was abducted on October 29, 1965. A few days earlier, the Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER) had published a list of 50 "persons who died in the Tagounit, Agdez and Qalaât Mgouna detention centers," a number deemed to be unbelievably low by victims' families. The granddaughter of one person on the list was indignant: "Currently, the IER has done nothing thus far to establish the circumstances of my grandfather's death.

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06 December 2004 by -

The Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER), created by royal decree in April 2004, is now halfway through its mandate. A unique experience in the Arab-Muslim world, this «national commission for truth, equity and reconciliation», set up at the behest of King Mohamed VI, was given one year to shed light on «flagrant violations» of human rights that took place in Morocco between 1956 and 1999.

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09 May 2005 by -

The Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER), set up in 2004, was due to complete its work and publish its findings by 12 April. But it is far from achieving its mandate and has asked for an eight-month extension. The IER's three main tasks are to document human rights violations committed between independence in 1956 and the arrival of King Mohammed VI in 1999, to draw up a compensation scheme for victims and to propose administrative reforms aimed at curbing abuse.

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19 December 2005 by Pierre Hazan

On December 16, Moroccan King Mohammed VI ordered that the Equity and Reconciliation Commission's (IER) final report be made public. The King's dahir (royal decree) establishing the IER has been interpreted in radically different ways since it was issued on January 7, 2004. For some, this commission - the first of its kind in the Arab-Islamic world - was a source of hope for democratization. The many skeptics, on the other hand, saw it as a cunning tool for Morocco's king, designed to reinforce his legitimacy and to project the image of a modern country concerned with human rights. What has IER revealed?

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23 January 2006 by Pierre Hazan

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has reason to be satisfied. Since completing its work a couple of weeks ago, the Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER) has been flooded with compliments. The United States, France, Great Britain and many other countries have expressed their support for this unprecedented initiative in truth and democratization in the Arab-Islamic world. Never before has a country in this region embarked upon such a critical assessment of its past. But beyond the symbolic nature of the IER report, what exactly does it say?

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29 March 2005 by Emmanuel Chicon and Benjamin Bibas

The Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER) will soon complete its report that should theoretically be submitted to the King by mid-April (see IJT n° 15 and 19). The signs are that this transitional justice process is still controlled by the Palace (or Makhzen), which runs the kingdom. But the young guard may find the recent rise in Islamism a useful argument for strengthening its position.

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07 February 2005 by BENJAMIN BIBAS and EMMANUEL CHICON

With its official report due out in the spring, the Morocco's Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER) needs to act fast. After its inaugural hearing on 21-22 December in Rabat, the Commission is starting to fan out its public sessions in those regions most affected by the repression during the "years of lead". 

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19 February 2007 by Laetitia Grotti

One year ago on January 6, 2006, the 17 members of Morocco's Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER) were closing up shop after submitting their final report to King Mohammed VI. The Moroccan truth commission had received a flood of compliments from the international community praising the recommendations in its report, especially those advocating legislative and constitutional reforms. One year later, however, the results have been rather mixed.

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