Morocco elected to the UN Human Rights Committee

The Kingdom of Morocco was elected on Thursday in the person of Professor Mahjoub El Haiba as an expert on the Human Rights Committee following a vote which took place in New York, on the occasion of the 38th Meeting of States Parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Civil and Political.

Praised by 127 votes out of the 171 voters, among 14 other competitors vying for the 9 seats to be filled on the said Committee, the Moroccan expert will sit for a four-year term in this UN body responsible for monitoring the implementation of commitments incumbent on the States Parties under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified to date by 173 countries, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad.

The success of this candidacy illustrates the confidence and credit enjoyed by the far-sighted policy driven by King Mohammed VI, in terms of democratic reforms, the building of the rule of law, and the protection of human rights. as universally recognized, underlines the press release.

It constitutes undeniable recognition and clear support from the international community for the irreversible choices of the Kingdom, which has made the promotion and defense of human rights one of the priorities of its national and international policy, adds the ministry.

This new success reaffirms the capital of confidence and the credibility enjoyed by the national human rights mechanisms and the Moroccan expertise well known within the UN human rights system, the same source continues, specifying that it follows in the wake of that accomplished by Morocco during this week after the election of Mohammed Amarti to the Committee of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on Monday, September 14.

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Former Secretary General of the Consultative Council for Human Rights (now the National Council for Human Rights) and First Interministerial Delegate for Human Rights in Morocco, El Haiba is a professor of higher education in public law, law land use planning, human rights and international humanitarian rights within the Kingdom’s several universities.

He has a deep knowledge of international human rights mechanisms and long-standing experience covering a wide range of human rights issues, including in particular transitional justice, environmental law, human rights law. water and humanitarian law, which earned him the appointment of a consultant to several regional and international organizations.

The election of Professor El Haiba is the culmination of a vast diplomatic promotional campaign led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, as part of its strategy aimed at guaranteeing more high visibility and an influential Moroccan presence on the international scene, in accordance with the High Royal Guidelines, the press release concludes.

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