It’s official. The Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights was finally attached to the Ministry of Justice, headed by Abdellatif Ouahbi, secretary general of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM).
This formalization of the attachment of human rights management to the Ministry of Justice puts an end to the controversy that arose in militant circles after the appointment of the government from which the ministry in charge of human rights had disappeared.
Thus, the decree defining the prerogatives of the Minister of Justice, and published in the latest issue of the Official Bulletin (BO), it is reported that the Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights is attached to the department headed by PAMiste, Abdellatif Ouahbi.
In the third article of the decree, signed by the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch and his Minister of Justice, it is stipulated that “ the Interministerial Delegation in charge of Human Rights is attached to the Ministry of Justice, and that the Minister of Justice is responsible for all its structures“.
Abdellatif Ouahbi, appointed Minister of Justice on October 7 by King Mohammed VI in Akhannouch’s government, will thus exercise the powers entrusted to the government authority responsible for justice, in accordance with the laws and regulations in force.
He will also exercise the mission of developing and implementing government policy in the field of defense, protection and promotion of human rights, as well as in the field of international humanitarian law, and this , in coordination with the authorities and ministerial departments concerned.
After the announcement of the new government, it is recalled, several observers called for an end to the ambiguous situation of the Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights, at the time of Mustafa Ramid, former Minister of State and of human rights, which oversaw it, alongside a ministerial delegate appointed by a Dahir.
Moreover, a conflict had erupted before the elections within the Delegation between Mustafa Ramid, Minister of State for Human Rights and Relations with Parliament, and Chawki Benayoub, Ministerial Delegate for Human Rights , on the limits of their respective competences.