Morocco announced the decision to run for a seat in the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2023-2025 term, supported by the African Union, the League of Arab States and a number of other regional groupings.
Boubacar Larco, president of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights, says that the 2011 constitution responded positively to many of the human rights demands that the human rights movement fought for in Morocco, and this is considered a fundamental breakthrough in human rights field.
Morocco has joined the global human rights suit by ratifying some international conventions and related protocols. The government has also submitted its official periodic reports on contractual agreements and the universal periodic review. Moreover, the Ministry of Human Rights in Morocco presented the achievements made in this field in the period 2012-2019.
On the other hand, the human rights movement, including the National Council for Human Rights, has submitted its parallel reports to government reports and its annual reports on the human rights situation in the Kingdom of Morocco.
The president of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights stated that through an extrapolation of facts, and human rights recommendations, it is concluded that there is a strong dynamic for establishing a state based on human rights and laws, but he notices some delay in the ratification of some structuring laws to be conformed to the constitutional requirements and international conventions approved by Morocco, and be up to the level the human rights gains that Morocco has been accumulating.
“I particularly mention here the delay in ratifying the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Criminal Code, law adequacy for associations and demonstration, the approval of the National Action Plan in the Field of Democracy and Human Rights. This delay reflects negatively on the reality of human rights gains in Morocco, creating contradictory views and different assessments about human rights situation among all intervenes.”, explained the head of the organization.
The importance of the decision to run for membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council lies in the fact that Morocco is continuing to promote human rights standards with full commitment, and acknowledgment of the role of this mechanism in front of the world, as well as to its citizens of Morocco, especially since UNHRC seat requires such responsibilities and commitments.
The UNHRC is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights in all parts of the world.
The council has the power to discuss all human rights issues and cases that require the council’s attention throughout the year. It holds its meetings at the United Nations office in Geneva.
“The Human Rights Council is composed of 47 member states, elected by a majority of the members of the United Nations General Assembly by direct and secret ballot. The General Assembly takes into account the contributions of the candidate countries to the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as their voluntary commitments and obligations in this regard, the term of the council’s members is three years, and it is forbidden to re-elect a member after 2 consecutive terms. Morocco has previously been elected to this council for two consecutive terms”, The president Boubacar details the role of the Human Rights Council and how its members are elected.