Mr. Ramid Emphasizes the Need to Enhance the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: They are the Society’s Awake Conscience


The participants to the 13th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions held in Marrakesh on Wednesday, October 10th , 2018 about “Expanding the civic space and promoting and protecting human rights defenders, with a specific focus on women: The role of national human rights institutions”, agreed, during the opening session, on the need to enhance the protection of human rights defenders, ensure good working conditions and take necessary measures to reinforce their roles. These activists are considered the main stakeholders in implementing the international conventions of human rights and building democracy.
The 13th conference, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 20th anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and the 25th anniversary of Paris Principles gathered national human rights institutions, UN experts, NGO’s, human rights defenders and the representatives of international, regional and national bodies.
In his statement, read in the conference by Mr. El Mahjoub El Haiba, the Interministerial Delegate for Human Rights, Mr. Mustapha Ramid, The Minister of State for Human Rights, considers the choice of Morocco to host  the 13th Conference an international recognition of the massive work and continuous efforts exerted by the Kingdom in the area of human rights, lauding the role of the National Human Rights Council and its important and effective status in international settings such as United Nation’s mechanisms as well as international and regional  HR networks.
He further stressed the dire need for the international community to provide clear answers and issue precise recommendations about international and national standards related to the expansion of civic space, reinforcement of the protection of human rights defenders and the enhancement of the culture of human rights protection. Emphasizing the need to make the support of NGO’s and national HR institutions a priority. Mr. Ramid recalled also constitutional principles about freedom of assembly and association, which enhance citizenship and guarantee its contribution to the elaboration and implementation of public policies.
The  Minister emphasized the need to reinforce the protection of human rights defenders and civil associations working in the field considered as “the society’s awake conscience”, lauding their leading role in consolidating the principles of governance and transparency and recalling the importance of strategic planning in the area of human rights such as the National Action Plan for Democracy and Human Rights that  includes a set of measures to strengthen the status of civil society and its functions.
Addressing the conference, Mr, Driss El Yazami, the President of the National Human Rights Council, highlighted the importance of the conference in focusing on women and their prominent role within human rights movement despite the threats that concern various issues, especially the ones that are considered sensitive or prohibited. He referred also to the children defenders of human rights about whom the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child has organized a study day.
Mr. El Yazami pointed out also that despite the great challenges faced up by national human rights institutions, they are a dynamic of reforms at the national level influencing the enactment of the laws and the adoption of public policies and decisions. He called, in this regard, for the building of the capacities of other stakeholders to monitor the violations and harassments against human rights defenders and civil stakeholders to fully conduct their roles.
In addition, he lauded the importance of partnership and cooperation with national stakeholders like the Parliament to ensure the success of national human rights institutions, evoking the memorandum of understanding that was concluded between the National Human Rights Council and the two chambers of the Parliament, which has led to the issuance of 14 consulting opinions concerning various issues and the integration of 30% of the CNDH recommendations in the final laws.
Mr. Driss El Yazami, recalled a number of emerging issues at the international level, which should inevitably be addressed, amid international recognition of the pivotal role of national human rights institutions. These issues involve the new  issues concerning immigration and exile, hate speech, climate change, the enterprise and human rights and the involvement   in the implementation sustainable development goals 2030, which requires the fostering of cooperation south/south and north/south to deal with all these issues. At the end of his statement, He brought to the fore Morocco’s arduous efforts to settle immigration issues, indicating the organization of an international conference to adopt the international charter on immigration next December 2018 in Marrakesh that will be attended by national human rights institutions. 
Speaking in the conference, Ms.Beate Rudolf, the President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, called for the need to statement the protection of human rights defenders and national human rights institutions’ fieldwork to address current issues amid the increasing pressure they face across the world. “We witness how authoritarian, illiberal and anti-human rights discourses are gaining strength, and how these words turn into attacks on civic space and against human rights defenders,” she said evoking the double attacks and pressure against women for no other reason except “daring to speak out in public, thus challenging patriarchal norms.”
This three-day conference aims to foster cooperation and dialogue among national human rights institutions, provide a space for the exchange of ideas and experiences about human rights issues and present realistic solutions for current challenges.

    
      
         
 

Read more news

All news

Mr. Ramid Emphasizes the Need to Enhance the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: They are the Society’s Awake Conscience


The participants to the 13th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions held in Marrakesh on Wednesday, October 10th , 2018 about “Expanding the civic space and promoting...

The Sixth Periodic Report Consolidates Morocco’s interaction with the UN Human Rights Mechanisms

The sixth periodic report submitted to Human Rights Committee reflects the Kingdom’s commitment to promote its interaction with all UN mechanisms for human rights.

In his statement to the...