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The National Human Rights Council... A new horizon for human rights

In accordance with the provisions of Morocco’s Constitution, in particular Article 161, which establishes the National Human Rights Council as a constitutional body and Article 171, which states that the composition, mandate and operating mode of the Council shall be governed by law;

In accordance with Articles 36, 45 and 52 of Law No. 15.76 concerning the reorganization of the Council, promulgated by virtue of Royal Decree No. 1.18.17 of 22 February 2018, His Majesty King Mohammed VI has appointed :

- Mr. Mounir Bensalah, Secretary-General of the Council;
- Ms. Soulma Taoud, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima;
- Mr. Mohamed Amarti, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of the Oriental Region;
- Mr. Abderrahmane Lamrani, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Fez-Meknes;
- Ms. Houria Tazi Sadeq, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Rabat-Salé-Kenitra;
- Mr. Ahmed Taoufik Zainabi, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Beni Mellal-Khenifra;
- Ms. Saadia Waddah, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Casablanca-Settat;
- Mr. Mohamed Mustafa Laarissa, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Marrakech-Safi;
- Ms. Fatima Aarach, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Draa-Tafilalet;
- Mr. Mohammed Charef, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Souss-Massa;
- Mr. Brahim Laghzal, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Guelmim - Oued Noun;
- Mr. Taoufik Berdiji, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Laayoune- Sakia El Hamra;
- Mrs. Maimouna Essayed, Chairperson of the Council’s Regional Commission of Dakhla- Oued Eddahab.

His Majesty King Mohammed VI has appointed as members of the Council:
- Mr. Mustpha Raïssouni;
- Ms. Malika Benradi;
- Ms. Nezha Guessous;
- Ms. Amina El Messaoudi;
- Mr. Elie El Baz.

Upon the proposal of the delegated President of the Supreme Council of the Judicial Power, His Majesty King Mohammed VI has appointed :
- Ms. Aicha Naciri;
- Mr. Abdelkerim Elaazani.

Upon the proposal of the President of the Higher Council of Ulemas (Muslim scholars), His Majesty King Mohammed VI has appointed:
- Ms. Zahira Fountir;
- Mr. Driss Ben Ahmed Khalifa.

Further, the membership of the Council, as provided for in article 36 above, shall include, in addition to the above-mentioned members:
- The Council members appointed by the Chief of the Government:
 Mr. El Mahjoub El Haiba;
 Ms. Zhour El Horr;
 Mr. Mohamed El Bakir;
 Mr. Ali Karimi;
 Ms. Fatima Chaabi;
 Mr. Mehtat Rakkas;
 Mr. Mohamed Benajiba;
 Mr. Omar Oudra.

- The Council members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives:
 Mr. Omar Benitto;
 Mr. Abdelmoutaleb Amiyare;
 Mr. Abdelhafid Adminou;
 Mr. Driss Sentissi.

- The Council members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Councilors:
 Mr. Mustapha Mrizak;
 Ms. Ajmiaa Heddad;
 Ms. Aziza Bekkali Kacimi;
 Mr. Omar Adkhil.

- The Council member appointed by the Mediator:
 Mr. Mohamed Haidare.
- The Council member appointed by the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad:
 Mr. Ali benmakhelouf.

The new membership of the National Human Rights Council represents intellectual and social pluralism, as well as cultural, linguistic and territorial diversity. This promotes positive accumulation and create qualitative development in support for irreversible choices to ensure the universality and indivisibility of human rights.

The multifaceted approach, adopted in the selection and appointment of experienced members in the field of human rights by His Majesty the King, constitutional institutions and elected bodies, including through transparent and open nominations, reflects the qualitative value added to the best practices relating to the membership in national human rights institutions as set out in the Principles Paris, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.

The Council members will discharge the Council’s broad mandate based on a three-dimensional approach to the protection and promotion of human rights as well as the prevention of all violations that may occur. This includes, inter alia, the establishment of a national mechanism for the prevention of torture, a child redress mechanism and the monitoring mechanism for the rights of persons with disabilities, the strengthening of mediation mechanisms and evaluation of public policies, etc. All these open up new horizons for human rights in the mandate of the Council within the framework of the firm choices of the Moroccan State.

The Council will hold a reception in honor of the new members on Tuesday 23 July 2019 at its headquarters in Rabat.
 

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