The Moroccan National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) was reaccredited as an “A” status independent national institution in accordance with the Paris Principles governing national institutions for the protection and promotion of human rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1993.
The Council reported in a statement that during a session held between March 20 and 24, the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA), whose secretariat is ensured by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), examined the case of the Moroccan National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) that was represented by a delegation led by the Council’s President, Amina Bouayach.
The Sub-Committee examined the legal structure governing the Council, its provisions, operations, and its campaigns for the defense and advancement of human rights. Further emphasis was placed on rights and the avoidance of their potential violations, as well as contact with the international system and its administrative structure at both the central and regional levels.
In this regard, the Sub-Committee stressed the conformity of Law 76-15 on the reorganization of the Moroccan National Council for Human Rights with the Paris Principles, according to which the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture, the National Recourse Mechanism for Child Victims of Violations of their Rights, and the National Mechanism for the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities were created.
The Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) is part of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), which examines applications for accreditation and re-accreditation of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) around the world in order to assess the compliance of these institutions with the Paris Principles.
The Paris Principles include a series of principles on the legal status of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), their independence, their prerogatives in the promotion and protection of human rights, the guarantee of their pluralism, and the availability of material and human resources that allow them to carry out their tasks.
“The Moroccan National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) welcomes the assessment of the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) attesting to the independence of the Council’s actions and its effectiveness in carrying out its missions relating to the prevention, promotion, and protection of human rights,” concluded the Council’s statement.