PANDDH Implementation: A Meeting with Civil Society

40 human rights associations attended the meeting organized by the Ministry of State for Human Rights on January 8th, 2018.These NGOs represent different stakeholders defending  categorical rights such as those of women’s rights , children’s rights and persons with disabilities’ rights or issues such as development, the environment, culture and the law.

In his opening statement, Mr. El Mustapha Ramid, the Minister of State for Human Rights, recalled Ministry‘s will to share its vision with civil society organizations and its readiness for dialogue and consultation on human rights issues in Morocco. The Ministry is coordinating with the Government’s General Secretariat to publish the Plan in the Official Gazette, added Mr. Ramid.

Addressing the meeting, Mr. Chawki Benyoub, member of the Steering Committee that elaborated the Plan, considered the Plan’s adoption as an official recognition of Moroccan civil society’s efforts and commitment, highlighting the human rights dynamics that has taken place in Morocco in the last years, which is characterized mainly by the adoption of 2011 constitution.

According to Mr.Boubker Largo, member of the Steering Committee, nongovernmental organizations play key roles in promoting human rights. Such a vision is deeply enshrined in the plan. Civil society’s roles and its participation in assessing and implementing the plan’s measures along with the enhancement of its capacities and possibilities should be upheld, said Mr. Largo.

Likewise, Ms. khadija Rebbah, member of the Steering Committee, hailed the Plan‘s contribution to the development of the public debate on human rights. The Plan has two main values: a strategic and a practical one. She added that the gender approach is integrated into all the axes to promote and protect women human rights in all the fields. 

This meeting, that exceeded three hours, was an opportunity for the participations to discuss different issues such as impunity, the creation of human rights mechanisms, partnership between the State and civil society, law enforcement, the implementation of the national mechanism, education, the Plan’s recommendations, legal review, the Plan’s reference, protests, women rights and field constraints.

At the end of the meeting, the Ministry set up January 25th, 2018 as a deadline for the associations to submit their proposals concerning the implementation of PANDDH measures.


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