Morocco’s interaction with the recommendations of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is strictly guided by the principles and provisions of the Constitution and by international human rights conventions ratified by the Kingdom, according to a report presented on Wednesday in Rabat by the ministerial delegation for Human Rights.
The report on Morocco’s interaction with treaty bodies and the 2022 and 2023 periodic review, presented during a dissemination meeting of the results of the review of Morocco’s national reports by United Nations human rights mechanisms, underscores that the Moroccan constitution is a genuine charter of human rights and that the Kingdom has strongly adhered to international human rights standards, with the adoption of 9 international conventions and 6 optional protocols.
Morocco has also received twelve visits from UN human rights mechanisms and special procedures, and has an institutional framework conducive to the consolidation of commitments in the field of human rights, demonstrating the Kingdom’s full commitment to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as a cooperative mechanism.
The document highlights the regular submission of national human rights reports and the importance of implementing recommendations and commitments.
The report notes that Morocco has developed its approach to interacting with the UPR, under its 4 cycles, by strengthening the role of parliament, national human rights institutions, and opening-up to civil society and local authorities, while expanding consultations to all twelve regions of Morocco.
Furthermore, it points out that Morocco recorded an acceptance rate of recommendations during the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council held in 2022 at 75.8% (232 out of 306 recommendations).
The report provides an overview of recommendations received by Morocco during these sessions, focusing on principles of legislation and harmonization of the national legislative framework with international standards, gender equality and combating discrimination against women, rights of migrant workers, economic, social, and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights.
It also reveals upcoming deadlines for Morocco in 2024, including the presentation of the mid-term report of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism and the combined national report for the second, third, and fourth periodic reports on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Source: The North Africa Post