A seminar, in which several international human rights organizations participated, highlighted, on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 in Kenitra, the partnership between the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) and the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) respect for human dignity and the prevention of torture.
Organized at the headquarters of the Royal Institute of Police of Kenitra, this international seminar has as its theme “Standards and practices for the prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment during arrest, hearing and custody on sight”.
The DGSN and the CNDH reviewed all aspects of their partnership, reflecting the agreement signed between the two organizations on August 14, 2022, by the Director General of the DGSN, Abdellatif Hammouchi, and Amina Bouayach, President of the CNDH .
The latter announced to the audience, which included several foreign ambassadors, delegates from missions accredited to Morocco and international experts, that the overwhelming majority of the recommendations of the CNDH in terms of foresight and the fight against torture were respected to the letter. by the public prosecutor’s offices, the police and the gendarmerie.
“I can tell you that our recommendations are respected up to 80 to 90%,” said the president of the CNDH. Afterwards, a video addressed to the conference by Juan Mendez, international expert in the fight against torture, was viewed by the audience.
After a visit to Morocco in 2012 in his capacity as UN special rapporteur, Juan Mendez drew up a report in which he claims to have recorded “significant progress” in the fight against torture. The expert nevertheless reported that efforts “still have to be made”.
On this point, the response was not long in coming. Amina Bouayach and Mohamed Dkhissi, wali and central director of the judicial police at the DGSN, reported on the efforts made by Morocco since the publication of this report.
They observed that today’s seminar is being held three years to the day after the entry into force of the mechanism for preventing and combating torture set up within the National Human Rights Council. .
Mohamed Dkhissi stressed, for his part, that the partnership between the two organizations has never ceased to function and that, on the contrary, it has grown through exchanges of experience, field visits and training. human rights police officers. “We were pioneers in this area,” said the central director of the judicial police.
In his speech, Mohamed Dkhissi made a point of clarifying to the assistance specific terminologies misused when it comes to evoking the work of the police. “We should no longer say arrest, but arrest, no longer say interrogation, but hearing and we can no longer say either detention, but custody”, he specified. “The police do not extricate confessions, but seek the truth and the reality”.
Africa was represented at this seminar by Remy Ngoy, President of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR). In a statement for Le360, this Gambian official praised Morocco’s achievements in human rights and torture prevention, saying the Kingdom “can be proud to be a model for African countries”.