19 January 8 2009 MOROCCO Meeting Summary
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The International Program Morocco Tom Fitton, the president Judicial Watch, met with the Moroccan delegate and staffer the President the Human Rights Consultative Council January 2009, its headquarters Washington, D.C. Mr. Fitton was asked discuss Judicial Watchs mission and activities nonpartisan and nonprofit watchdog group and the impact has had the promotion good governance. set forth its Mission Statement, through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality our nations public life and seeks ensure that political and judicial officials not abuse the powers entrusted them the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The International Program integral part its educational program. The U.S. Department States country study reports that U.S.-Moroccan relations are characterized mutual respect and friendship. Morocco was the first country seek diplomatic relations with the Government the United States 1777, and remains one our oldest and closest allies the region. formal Treaty Peace and Friendship was entered into 1787 and renegotiated 1836, which still force constituting the longest unbroken treaty relationship U.S. history. Accordingly, the U.S. has provided more than billion aid Morocco since 1953 meet strategic objectives most recently identified creating more opportunities for trade and investment, basic education and workforce training, and government responsiveness citizen needs. The U.S. acknowledges the many benefits has realized from maintaining good diplomatic relations with Morocco, not the least which the moderating force The International Program -Morocco Morocco has been the Middle East. Most notably, was the second Arab country host Israeli leader; the first Arab state condemn Iraq's invasion Kuwait 1990; and the first denounce the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks the United States. Through the Department States International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), other countrys citizen leadersthose most likely have impact their governments future policies and programsare invited the United States meet personally with and observe a variety NGOs, advocacy groups, and grassroots organizations that promote civic engagement and interaction with government. The Moroccan delegates with whom Mr. Fitton met have long been active politics and were keenly interested learning about the tools used Judicial Watch hold government and elected officials accountable: open records and open meetings laws. Mr. Fitton discussed the Freedom Information Act (FOIA) that operates the federal level and its limitations with respect Congress and the courts, well the Sunshine Laws that operate the state and local levels government. educational foundation, Mr. Fitton informed the guests that Judicial Watch makes available the public its Internet site the services offers part its Open Records Project the fight against government secrecy. And noted the uniqueness Judicial Watchs mission that when agency fails refuses produce the lawfully requested documents, pursues those documents court law filing suit against the offending agency. And all documentsbeginning with the FOIA request the final release documentsare posted Judicial Watchs Internet site for public viewing.