A technical workshop on the legal and conventional aspects of the protection of children online in Morocco was organised by the Ministry of Justice in partnership with the Moroccan Centre for Polytechnic Research and Innovation (CMRPI), with the support of the Council of Europe in the framework of the South Programme IV, and the participation of relevant institutions and stakeholders.
This technical workshop, facilitated by national and international experts, aims at developing concrete recommendations to improve the legal framework for the protection of minors online in Morocco, considering the technological developments of cybercrime targeting children.
Aware of the importance of protecting children from any situation that could violate their rights, Morocco has strongly engaged into several actions and initiatives to address this challenge, particularly at the legal level. The Moroccan Constitution indeed provides that the State shall ensure equal legal protection and equal social and moral consideration to all children, regardless of their family situation. In addition, other provisions and procedures have been established to protect children from any form of violence, physical, psychological or sexual abuse, abandonment or neglect that results in ill-treatment or harm to the interests of children.
The analysis of existing laws, as well as the contribution of the international conventional framework, in particular the three Council of Europe conventions on cybercrime (Budapest Convention), the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention), and the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Convention 108), provide a solid basis for endorsing concrete recommendations for any revision of the relevant laws in Morocco.
The South Programme IV is a joint programme of the Council of Europe and the European Union, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.