The government is committed, through its 2021-2026 programme, to completing the implementation of the major projects resulting from the constitutional reform, with a view to consolidating the democratic choice and enshrining human rights and the rule of law, said Tuesday in Rabat, the Minister of Justice, Abdellatif Ouahbi.
Speaking at the last meeting of regional consultations for the preparation of the national report for the fourth cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), organized by the Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights (DIDH), Abdellatif Ouahbi indicated that the Delegation managed, in a short time, to hold 12 regional consultation meetings on the UPR mechanism, as part of the preparations for the presentation of the said report which will be discussed next November.
This initiative aims to place human rights issues and interaction with the competent UN mechanisms at the heart of the concerns of the various actors involved in their promotion at the territorial level, with the same degree of interest as at the national level, he continued during this regional meeting organized in Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, in the presence of representatives of government departments, civil society organizations, academics and international partners of DIDH. According to the Minister, this meeting is the last stage of the national consultation process, which will be completed by meetings with Parliament and civil society organizations, before moving on to the final preparation stage to discuss the national report.
Abdellatif Ouahbi recalled that the government’s vision is based on an approach in which human rights constitute a major cross-cutting issue in public policies, and whose commitment to its implementation is a responsibility shared between the various actors. , which makes public debate and cooperation a constant factor in government policy on human rights, which today needs qualitative initiatives.
For his part, the Interministerial Delegate for Human Rights, Ahmed Chaouki Benyoub, stressed that “Morocco is an exception in its regional environment with regard to its approach to dealing with human rights issues in accordance with the standards universal”, emphasizing that the UPR mechanism is “the commitment of a country and a nation”.
The holding of these regional meetings was favorably received by the various parties, he said, welcoming the support of all the partners to create the conditions conducive to their success.
He underlined that the UPR is not a simple document but it is a commitment in terms of public policies, calling to continue on this path in view of the strong institutional framework available to Morocco, headed by the National Human Rights Council (CNDH). For his part, the President of the Regional Council of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Rachid El Abdi, indicated that the region is a key partner of the government in the field of human rights, noting that its role is no longer limited to development issues, but also encompasses the dimension of human rights.
He reaffirmed the region council’s adherence to all initiatives aimed at the convergence of public policies and its commitment to implementing a regional development model based on a participatory vision involving all sectors, including the human rights system. ‘Man.
As for the secretary general of the CNDH, Mounir Bensalah, he indicated that the Council followed all the stages of the process of regional consultations, organized within the framework of a participative approach, stressing that this initiative is intended to be a privileged space for interaction (governmental institutions and local actors).
Mounir Bensalah expressed the interest accorded by the Council to the UPR in view of its prerogatives as a national institution and its attributions in matters of monitoring and evaluation of public policies.
This regional meeting was an opportunity to present the new information system for monitoring the implementation of the recommendations of the UN human rights mechanisms, which was developed by DIDH through support in partnership with the European Union and in coordination with national sectors and institutions.
This system allowed the processing of approximately 942 recommendations issued by the UPR mechanism, treaty bodies and special procedures.