Morocco - From collective pardon to collective amnesia?
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.
The IER commissioners had tackled the long-standing demands of human rights associations: primacy of international law, separation of powers, adhesion to the International Criminal Court, the adoption of a national strategy to eradicate impunity, etc. The King, who at the time issued a collective pardon instead of an official apology, assigned the human rights advisory council (CCDH), a permanent body, to implement the IER's recommendations.