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Mr. Mohamed Elamine Semlali, Chairperson of RHRC of Dakhla - Aousserd

Civil servant and President of the Nature Initiative association

Mr. Mohamed Salem Cherkaoui, Chairperson of RHRC of Laayoune - Smara

Born in 1975 Mr. Salem Cherkaoui was the Head of the regional administrative office of the (former) Advisory Council on Human Rights in Laayoune. He supervised several training workshops in the field of human rights in the Southern Provinces. He is a former member of several associations, including the Moroccan Forum for Truth and Justice and the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights.

Ms Souad El Idrissi, Chairperson of RHRC of Al Hoceima - Nador

Lawyer and civil society activist

MS Salma Taoud, Chairperson of RHRC of Tangier

Salma Taoud is a university Professor in Physics. She is a founding member of Amnesty International Morocco.

Mr. Mohammed Charef, Chairperson of RHRC of Agadir

Mohammed Charef is a geographic - urbanist and expert in the field of migration, population mobility and urbanism. He is a graduate of the Aix-En Provence regional planning institute (IAR). He holds a PhD in planning geography (University of Poitiers -1986) and a PhD in Sciences (the Free University of Brussels -2000). He is a professor of geography at the University of Ibn Zohr in Agadir and director of Regional Migration Observatory: Spaces and Societies (ORMES). He is an associate member of the MIGRINTER-CNRS Poitiers team, France, and a member of several networks and geography associations. He is in charge of the Master’s Degree on Migration and Sustainable Development. He is a member of several scientific boards. He authored several publications in the area of populations, migration and development. A visiting professor at several foreign universities including the University of Aix en Provence, the University of Metz, Saint Joseph University in Beirut, University of Poitiers, the Free University of Brussels, University of San Antonio Texas, ... etc . He is also a consultant and an expert on migration issues with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, the Council of Europe, the United Nations Population Division, the Advisory Council of Moroccans Living Abroad, etc.

Mohamed Amarti, Chairperson of RHRC of Oujda - Figuig

Born in 1957, in Oujda Mr. Mohamed Amarti is a professor of higher education at the Faculty of Economics and Law and Social Sciences, University of Mohamed 1st in Oujda. He holds a PhD in law from Mohammed V University in Rabat. Mr. Amarti is director a human rights and international humanitarian law centre. He is a member of the national board of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights and the Moroccan Association of Constitutional Law.

Mr. Allal Al Basraoui, Chairperson of RHRC of Beni Mellal - Khouribga

Mr. El Bassraoui is a lawyer. He is a former member of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights and a national board member of the Moroccan Commission for Human Rights.

Ms Fatima Aârach, Chairperson of RHRC of Errachidia - Ouarzazate

Born in 1963, in Taza Ms Fatima Aarrach is a lawyer accredited by the Supreme Court. She holds a BA in private law (Mohamed V University in Rabat - 1992), and the lawyer certificate of proficiency. Ms Aarrach is the president of the Network of Development Associations of South East Oases (RADOSE). She is the General Secretary of the Union of Women's Action, Errachidia section. She is a member of the regional coordination of Community Reparation program in Errachidia. She is also in charge of Anajda SOS center for abused women and children in this region.

Ms Soumicha Riyaha, Chairperson of RHRC of Casablanca - Settat

Ms. Soumicha Riyaha is a trainer in the areas of human rights, women's rights, protection mechanisms, gender issues, listening to abused women, etc. Expert in training and developing training programs, Ms. Riyaha held various positions in this area: consultant at CAWTAR (Center of Arab Women for Training and Research), expert at the Arab Institute for Human Rights in Tunisia, since 2005 (she is currently responsible for its programs in Morocco and represents the Institute in the Working Group on Human Rights Education in the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network), member of the trainers team of the Geneva Institute for Human Rights, etc. Ms. Riyaha led and published several field researches, including one on the situation of the mentally ill in Morocco (1979), a field research on the psychology of women and reliance on superstition, etc. Ms. Riyaha contributed to several publications on raped childhood, the reality of women's rights in Morocco and a guide to good governance.

Mr. Mohammed Mustapha Laârissa, Chairperson of RHRC of Marrakech

Born in 1955 in Marrakech. Mr. Laârissa holds a PhD in Philosophy, (Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne University). He is a qualified university professor of philosophy at the Faculty of Arts, Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech. He is a member of the Policy Analysis Club and Abderrahim Bouabid Foundation. He contributes in several journals and is a member of the multidisciplinary centre on Culture, Heritage, Tourism at the Cadi Ayyad University.

Mr. Abdelmajid Makni, Chairperson of RHRC of Fez - Meknes

Born in 1960, in Rabat Mr. Makni holds a BA in Political Science (1988) at the Faculty of Law and Economics (Mohamed V University –Rabat). He has been the regional coordinator of the Social Development Agency in the Region Fez - Boulemane since 2007. Mr. Makni is a trainer in the areas of association management, sustainable human capacity building, mobilization of local resources, etc. He is the representative of several international NGOs in Morocco including People Health Movement. He initiated and directed community programs in the area of childhood and disability. Mr. Makni is consultant to various non-governmental organizations. He is the Secretary General of a group for the promotion of disability rights. He contributed to several publications and articles in the areas of childhood, disability and rehabilitation, including a book on disability in Morocco: In Our Own Words (1997).

Mr. Berdiji Taoufik, Chairperson of RHRC of Tantan - Guelmim

Born in 1970, in Tan-Tan Mr. Berdiji holds a diploma of higher advanced studies (DESA) in public law. He prepared a PhD in political science on the local elite of Laayoune (2010). He is a member of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs and a civil-servant at the municipality of Lmarssa. He was vice-president of the League of Human Rights Defenders in Laayoune. He is the secretary general of a civil society network (Forum of Sakia Al Hamra-Oued Ed-Dahab for Development and Democracy). Mr. Berdiji is the founding president of several associations including Alibdaâ Assaharaoui and Tan-Tan Association for Integral Development, etc.

Mr. Abdelkader Azrii, Chairperson of RHRC of Rabat - Kenitra

Born in 1955 in Safi Mr. Azrii is civil society, trade union and social activist. He was a member of the House of Councillors. He chaired the parliamentary group of the Democratic Confederation of Labor (CDT) and was vice-chairman of the Committee for Justice, Legislation and Human Rights. He was also vice-president of the Franco-Moroccan friendship group between the House of Counsellors and the French Senate. Mr. Azrii chaired the Movement of Democratic Initiatives. He is also a member of steering Committe of the Forum of Alternatives Morocco. He is a former member of the executive board of the Democratic Confederation of Labor. He was member of the Special Commission for Education and Training, which established the National Charter for Education and Training, and of the Committee in charge of the drafting of the current Labor Code.

Mr. Mustapha Laaraki

Mr. Mustapha Laaraki holds a BA in law, political science department (1980). He is has been journalist since 1984. He has been writing on human rights issues at the daily Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki since 1986. He was the chief editor from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Laaraki is a founding member of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights (1988) and of the Moroccan Observatory of Prisons. He was a member of the Preparatory Committee of the National Congress on Children’s Rights (1994). He is a member of the executive board of the Attofola Achaâbia movement and a member of the National Union of Moroccan Press since 1984. He is a member of the national board of the Union.

Mr. Mohammed Derouiche

Born in 1960, in Rabat Mr. Derouiche Mohammed is a professor. He taught at Ibn Tufail University before joining the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Mohammed V-Agdal. He worked as an expert for the Social Development Agency (2006 to 2009) and for the National Observatory for Children’s rights working on children's issues, education, health and protection. He is a national and international expert in childhood and youth issues. He holds the French Ministry of Youth and Sports’ BAFA certificate. He is a member of the executive board of the Union of Moroccan Educational Organizations. He is the founder and the director of the scientific journal "Fikr" and the national coordinator of the Encyclopedia of the Arab Maghreb and member of the Federal Executive Movement "Attofoula Achaâbia". Mr. Derouiche. He is also a member of the Union of Moroccan linguists. He is the Secretary General of the National Union of Higher Education and President of the Union of Higher Education in the Arab Maghreb States.

Ms Hennou Allali

Ms Hennou Allali is a board member of the National Medical Association and a member of the Association of Rural Girls Education.

Mr. Abdelhak El Azizi

Mr. Abdelhak El Azizi is a lawyer. He is a member of the Moroccan Bar Association and a board member of the Arab Lawyers Union.

Abdeslam Moussaoui Chefchaouni

Born in 1953, in Fez, Mr. Abdeslam Chefchaouni a founding member of the Moroccan Forum for Truth and Justice and member of the Executive Board of the Forum. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Moroccan Coalition to abolish the death penalty. He is educational attaché at Abdelkarim Lahlou high school in Casablanca.

Mr. Ahmed Berkia

Born in 1960, in Safi. Mr. Berkia is a trainer in training engineering, international human rights mechanisms, monitoring mechanisms, networking techniques and advocacy and disability rights. He is the head of the training of trainees section at the fight against illiteracy and non-formal education department in Rabat. Mr. Berkia is a civil society actor engaged in the protection and promotion of disability rights. He holds a BA in public law, Faculty of Law, Marrakech (2009). He is also a trade union officer in the fight against illiteracy and non-formal education and social development sectors. In 2000, Mr. Berkia, with other actors, founded the Morocco Disability and Rights Forum, which is the first association concerned with disability rights in Morocco. He is the national coordinator of the "Al Mounasara" group, the first national network concerned with the rights of children with disabilities in Morocco, and the founder and leader of the national coalition for the promotion of disability rights. M. Berki joined the national, regional and international campaign for the publication of the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Mr. Habib Belkouch

President of the Center for Human Rights and Democracy. Mr. Belkouch is human rights consultant for several national and international governmental and nongovernmental institutions. He has held various positions in this area. He was an expert consultant to the Minister of Human Rights (1998-2000), the director of the Documentation, Information and Training Center on Human Rights (2000-2005), migration program director at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (2005-2006) and a national coordinator of the International Human Rights Cooperation projects. Mr. Belkouch contributed to drafting several reports, including a report on 50 years of human development in Morocco (2005), a report on children situation analysis in Morocco: 2005-2006 (UNICEF 2006), and studies, including “The National Legislation for the Protection of Foreign Minors in Morocco (the International Organization for Migration 2008), "Migration, Human Rights and Maghreb Context" (2007). He has also contributed to preparing national reports addressed to UN Human Rights committees, and supervised several training sessions in the areas of human rights and transitional justice, in Morocco and abroad. Mr. Belkouch is the coordinator of the UNESCO’s Arab Research-Policy Network on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He is a member of the national board of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights and a founding member of Amnesty International - Morocco. He takes part in several dynamic networks in the Maghreb and the Arab world. He authored several publications: A collection of international human rights conventions ratified by Morocco (2003-2004), Children Education and Intellectual Development (Fennec edition), Moroccan Youth Trends in the Twenties, etc.

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