The institutional strengthening of the DIDH

The project entitled “Reinforcing Organizational and Technical Competencies of the Interministerial Department for Human Rights (DIDH)” is an institutional twinning project between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco. It aims at promotingrespect of Human Rights and consolidating Democracy in Morocco through both capacity building and institutional enhancement of its prerogatives.

The program, falls within the second article of the association agreement signed between Morocco and the European Union, which states that "respect for democratic principles and fundamental human rights as laid down in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, as well as for the principles of the rule of law underpin the internal and international policies of the Community and of South Africa and constitutes an essential element of this Agreement".

It lasted24-month and aims at strengthening dialogue, cooperation and interaction of Morocco with the European institutions in the field of Human Rights. In partnership with a consortium composed of Spain, France and Austria, DIDH aims through this project to achieve the following results:

  1. The implementation of a management and monitoring system of DIDH with clear responsibilities and defined results to achieve.
  2. Buildingcapacities of  DIDH staff on international human rights law ;
  3. Promoting Human Rights approachin public policies;
  4. Promoting the harmonization of the national legal arsenal with international human rights standards ;
  5. The implementation of a follow-up-system of the UN recommendations on human rights.

With an estimated budget of 900,000 Euros, the project involves the following partners:

CPCS - Spain

The Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC) is an agency of the Spanish government’s-Ministry of the Presidency -whose mission is to promote the analysis of the national and international legal and politicalsituation including the development of public law and social sciences.

NCCHR – France

The National Consultative Commission for Human Rights is the national institution for the promotion and protection of human rights (NHRIs). It ensures, to the government and parliament, an advisory role and makes proposals in the field of human rights, law and humanitarian action and respect for the fundamental public libertiesgranted to citizens.

BIM - Austria

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights is an independent research institution specialized in human rights founded in 1992 in Vienna, Austria. Its objective is to contribute to the scientific discourse on human rights at national, European and global levels and provide a connection between scientific research and legal practice.

The project consists of five main components;

  1. The institutional strengthening of  DIDH ;
  2. Building capacities of DIDH managers and government departments and national institutions in fields of common interest;
  3. The process of harmonization of the national legal arsenal
  4. The integration of human rights approach in public policies ;
  5. Monitoring the implementation of UN recommendations concerning human rights.

Up to July 2016, the institutional twinning project achieved an implementation rate that allowed the final achievement of certain results and the progressive realization of others. The most significant achievements include the institutional strengthening of the DIDH, namely information systems, documentation and archives, capacity building,  the implementation of tools concerningthe integration of the Human rights approach in public policies and monitoring the implementation of the UN's recommendations.

Thus the information systems plan and the conceptual framework for documentation and archives have been finalized. Further support was provided through three internship-visitsfor DIDH staff.

Adding to this, eight training and coaching sessions were conducted on the basis of previously established training plan on the international human rights law, the development of national reports and the handling of individual complaints in addition to the organization of a seminar on the fight against torture and a debate on human rights.