Human rights groups have accused the French authorities of capitulating to pressure from their Moroccan counterparts over a new agreement on judicial cooperation between the two countries. Last Tuesday, June 16th, Members of Parliament on the National Assembly's foreign affairs committee backed the accord, which Paris hopes will bring a definitive end to more than a year of bitter discord between the two nations. However critics say the measure could undermine the independence of French judges and courts and will mean that victims of alleged crimes at the hands of Moroccan authorities will be too afraid to make formal complaints in France. “In the face of Moroccan demands, France has completely caved in,” says lawyer Patrick Baudouin, honorary president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).
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