The Human Rights Council (HRC) opened on this morning of Monday, February 22, 2021, the work of its forty-sixth session, which will be held almost exclusively online until March 23. UN Secretary General António Guterres emphasized immunization, stressing that “ vaccines must be a global public good, accessible and affordable for all “. He further noted that ten countries have shared more than three-quarters of the doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered to date ” Failure to ensure equitable access to vaccines is another moral flaw “, did he declare.
Guterres further considered it urgent to redouble efforts to give effect to his call to action for human rights, focusing on two areas: the scourge of racism, discrimination and xenophobia; and the most widespread human rights violation of all, namely gender inequality. The Secretary-General recommended stepping up the fight against the resurgence of neo-Nazism, white supremacy and racially and ethnically motivated terrorism, saying these hate movements are emerging as a transnational threat.
This session began with a high-level segment, which will be attended by senior officials representing more than 130 countries from Monday 22 February to Wednesday 24 February, who will address human rights issues of particular interest to their country or that cause their concern.
In this context Mustapha Ramid Minister of State in charge of Human Rights and Relations with Parliament, highlighted the dynamics of Morocco’s interaction with the UN human rights mechanisms and its openness to special procedures of the HRC. ” The Morocco, he said, continued to implement its commitments in collaboration with the treaty bodies, highlighting the ongoing interaction with the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Likewise, as part of the consolidation of its serious adherence to the dynamics of reform of the treaty body system, the Kingdom has adopted the simplified procedure for the presentation of a number of its periodic reports. “.
Ramid also dwelled on the national approach adopted by Morocco, in accordance with royal directives which are based on the Kingdom’s own capacities, ” in order to face the coronavirus pandemic and remedy its effects “, Emphasizing that” This approach is distinguished by its pro-activity, complementarity and comprehensiveness, while ensuring a fair balance between the precautionary measures taken, the challenges of the economic and social context and international commitments in the field of human rights. man “.
Has the Kingdom indicated ” mobilizes all its capacities and resources in order to strengthen the protection of the right to life and the right to health, and to support vulnerable and affected social groups, to mitigate the effects of the crisis on national enterprises and to develop an economic recovery plan “. He also highlighted the smooth running of the national free vaccination campaign against Covid-19 for the benefit of all Moroccans and foreigners residing in Morocco, thus consolidating the effective anchoring of social rights and enshrining the principle of equality and non-discrimination between all groups.
Regarding the issue of the Moroccan Sahara, the Minister reiterated Morocco’s commitment and attachment to the UN process for a compromise around a realistic and pragmatic political solution that respects the sovereignty of the Kingdom and its territorial integrity. In this same context, the minister drew attention to the ordeal endured by the populations in the Tindouf camps in Algeria. ” If the development projects implemented in the southern provinces of the Kingdom of Morocco have had a very positive impact on the living conditions of the population, it is clear that some of our fellow citizens imprisoned in the Tindouf camps live in dramatic conditions, in violation of the principles of human rights and fundamental freedoms », Remarked the Minister. In this regard, he called for urgent intervention to free these populations, in particular children who are exploited and recruited into armed militias in flagrant violation of the relevant international charters and standards.
Finally, the Minister of State announced Morocco’s candidacy for the CDH for the period 2023-2025, with the support of the African Union, the League of Arab States, and several other regional groupings. Regarding the current voting process, subject of ” great concern for delegations ”, The President of the Council Mrs. Nazhat Shameem Khan assured that the Bureau remained seized of this question. The Secretariat is exploring and testing several virtual voting options, in case the current limitation on in-person participation continues until March 23.