Moroccan govt slams report

2009-10-09 09:30

Rabat - Morocco's information minister is dismissing a report by Human Rights Watch accusing authorities of discriminating against groups supporting minorities or fighting corruption.

Khalid Naciri says the report was "not at all objective". He told said on Thursday that Human Rights Watch "gave credence to a number of associations that do not exist or have no followers".

Moroccan law requires local authorities to register associations that go through standard administrative procedures. Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday that police sometimes refuse to process documents for groups that "displease the authorities".

Among groups cited are those representing Berbers or Sahrawis from the disputed Western Sahara.