Marrakech: International Conference of Human Rights Institutions

13th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions in Marrakech.

Rabat – The 13th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions opened in Marrakech today.

The three-day conference is themed “Expanding the civic space and promoting and protecting human rights defenders, with a specific focus on women: The role of national human rights institutions” according to the state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).

The meeting’s main goal is to open a debate on national human rights institutions’ (NHRI) role in protecting activists, especially women. It will also look at enhancing civic rights.  

UN experts and regional and civil society organizations will be sharing their testimonies, experiences, and practices in various regions. Participants will also try to find sustainable solutions by incorporating societal, political, and economic factors to expose the threats to human rights activists.

A declaration will be prepared by the conference drafting committee to share the strategy and action plan relating to the NHRI and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). The declaration should have a long-term impact on the work of these organizations.

The conference is co-hosted by Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (CNDH) along with the GANHR, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). NGOs, human rights activists, and over 300 regional, international, and national institutions’ representatives will participate in the event.