The Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco organized, this Wednesday, a panel discussion on the involvement of local actors in the process of the Universal Periodic Review as a tool for promoting good practices and recommendations to strengthen respect for these rights.
Alongside the work of the 51e session of the Human Rights Council currently taking place in Geneva, the Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights (DIDH) and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco organized, this Wednesday, September 21, 2022, in partnership with the High Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights and UPR Info (network of NGOs interested in human rights), a panel discussion on the involvement of local actors in the process of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as a tool for promoting good practices and recommendations to strengthen respect for these rights.
This panel discussion was distinguished by the contribution of high-level panelists, including the current President of the Human Rights Council, Federico Vollegas, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, the director of the branch of the Universal Periodic Review at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the director of the UPR Info network, as well as by the presence of the interministerial delegate for human rights, Ahmed Chaouki Benayoub.
At the opening of this meeting, Omar Zniber, Ambassador Permanent Representative of Morocco in Geneva, underlined that the UPR is one of the most important and successful instruments of the Human Rights Council. Indeed, the UPR has steadily improved its effectiveness over the years since its creation in 2007, in terms of its modalities, principles and objectives.
On this occasion, Omar Zniber stressed that the case of Morocco is eloquent and constitutes an example to follow, insofar as the involvement of local actors in the preparation of the national report to be submitted to the UPR has been a success, in within the framework of a cycle of meetings, which criss-crossed the 12 regions of the Kingdom.
This event was also marked by the intervention of the interministerial delegate for human rights, Ahmed Chaouki Benayoub, in which he highlighted the conclusions of the 4e UPR cycle held in Morocco. He thus underlined that DIDH conducted a series of public dialogues with territorial actors in the 12 regions of the Kingdom, between April and June of this year (2022).
These regional consultations made it possible to confirm the merits of the national choice to launch a process aimed at anchoring territorial strategic planning through the development of executive plans to implement the national action plan for democracy and human rights. ‘man.
The consultations and dialogues carried out at the territorial level have confirmed that the local debate is about economic and social empowerment, the implementation of cultural rights and the safeguarding of the enjoyment of basic human rights.
Likewise, the centrality of permanent local interlocutors has become all the more evident.
Finally, Ahmed Chaouki Benayoub stressed the need to continue to develop tools to integrate human rights, the gender approach and the rights of the child into local development plans, as well as indicators of relevant monitoring and evaluation.
For their part, the various panelists presented dense and rich presentations aimed at highlighting the importance of regional actors in the promotion of the culture of human rights and in the implementation of the recommendations resulting from the UPR. .
Many concrete examples of good practice in a number of countries were highlighted. Emphasis was also placed on the coordination that must take place at the local level and involving civil society, the private sector, administrations and academics. Similarly, it was noted that it is in rural areas that often there are handicaps to the implementation of human rights, particularly with regard to vulnerable populations (disabled, young people, isolated women, etc.).
This meeting also had a notable presence of many country delegations (United Arab Emirates, Spain, Romania, Iraq, China, Togo, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Norway, Netherlands, Suriname, France, Portugal, Japan, Israel, Qatar , Bahrain, Argentina, Cambodia, Republic of Korea, Benin…) and representatives of international organizations and NGOs.