The Kingdom of Morocco has been elected, in the person of Abderrahman Tlemçani, to the post of member of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), for the period 2024-2027, indicates a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad.
Morocco’s election, with 153 votes out of the 181 member states present and voting, took place on the occasion of the 30th meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Thursday in New York.
“This election, the first in the Kingdom, once again attests to the credibility and confidence enjoyed by Morocco’s efforts, under the High Vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, in terms of promoting and the protection of human rights, in particular in the fight against discrimination”, underlines the press release.
Morocco has, in fact, made significant efforts in the fight against racial discrimination and hate speech on the national and international levels, materialized in particular by the advances ratified by the 2011 Constitution and the proclamation by the General Assembly of the United Nations of the International Day for the Fight against Hate Speech on June 18, at the initiative of the Kingdom, recalls the same source, noting that this brilliant election consecrates the historic presence of Morocco within almost all Human Rights Treaty Bodies, testifying to the great credibility of the Kingdom’s action to strengthen the UN architecture.
This new electoral success, in the context of intense competition, is the result of an all-out mobilization of the entire diplomatic apparatus, confirming once again the relevance of the strategy pursued by the Kingdom, in accordance with the High Guidelines Royales, for the reinforcement of its presence within international organizations, notes the ministry.
The Moroccan expert, who was elected to sit on the CERD, Abderrahman Tlemçani, is a committed actor in civil society, known for his long career in the fight against discrimination and the promotion of a culture of living together, according to the press release.
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, made up of eighteen independent experts, is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.