Kingdom of Morocco Remarkably Elected to UN Human Rights Committee

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Rabat, (Press Statement of MOFA) - The Kingdom of Morocco was elected, on Thursday in the person of Professor Mahjoub El Haiba as an expert, to the Human Rights Committee following a vote which took place in New York, on the occasion of the 38th Meeting of States Parties to the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.

Elected by 127 votes out of 171, among 14 other competitors vying for the 9 seats to be filled on the said Committee, the Moroccan expert will sit for a four-year term in this UN body in charge of monitoring the implementation of commitments incumbent on states parties under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified to date by 173 countries.

The success of this candidacy illustrates the confidence that the far-sighted policy by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God Assist Him,  enjoys, in terms of democratic reforms, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights as universally recognized.

This is tantamount to an undeniable recognition and clear support from the international community for the audacious and irreversible choices of the Kingdom, which has made of the promotion and defense of human rights one of the priorities of its national and international agenda.

 This new success reaffirms the trust and credibility enjoyed by national human rights mechanisms and the Moroccan expertise, well known within the UN human rights system, the same source said, adding that it is in line with Morocco's success during this week with the election of Mohammed Amarti to the Committee of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on Monday, September 14th.

Former Secretary General of the advisory Council for Human Rights (now the National Council for Human Rights) and First Inter-ministerial Delegate for Human Rights in Morocco, El Haiba is a professor of higher education in public law, human rights and international humanitarian rights in several universities of the Kingdom.

Professor Mahjoub El Haiba has a profound knowledge of international human rights mechanisms and long-standing experience covering a wide range of human rights issues including, in particular, transitional justice, environmental law, water law and humanitarian law, which earned him the appointment as a consultant for several regional and international organizations.

The election of Professor El Haiba is the culmination of a vast diplomatic promotional campaign led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, as part of its strategy aimed at ensuring more high visibility and an influential Moroccan presence on the international scene, in accordance with the High Guidelines of His Majesty the King, Mohammed VI, May God Assist Him.

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