Morocco elected to the United Nations Committee against Torture

The candidate of the Kingdom of Morocco, Abderrazak Rouwane, was elected to one of the five vacant seats on the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT), for the period 2022-2025, the foreign ministry announced on Monday. African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad.

ERunning with 11 candidates for 5 seats to be filled within the CAT, Morocco’s candidacy was able to garner 93 votes, thanks to a significant mobilization of the entire diplomatic apparatus, the ministry said in a press release. adding that the Moroccan expert will thus sit for a term of 4 years, for the period of 2022-2025.

This vote took place during the work of the 18th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the statement continued, specifying that these elections were held on Monday in Geneva.

The success of the Moroccan candidacy testifies to the confidence and credibility enjoyed by the Kingdom within the international community and the importance of its role in the protection, respect and promotion of human rights. This is the Kingdom of Morocco’s 7th election to the United Nations Human Rights Bodies in the past two years, thus it is present in seven UN Human Rights treaty bodies, ensures the text.

The Kingdom of Morocco, it is added, has long been engaged in the strengthening and promotion of Human Rights, under the leadership of His Majesty the King may God assist Him, by initiating a long process. aiming to update its legal arsenal as well as the creation of national institutions working for the protection of human rights and the prevention against any form of torture or inhuman treatment.

The Kingdom of Morocco signed the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on January 18, 1986 and ratified it on June 21, 1993, the same source recalls.

The Committee against Torture is the body which monitors the application of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, adopted on December 10, 1984. It is made up of 10 independent experts “of high moral character and possessing recognized competence in the field of Human Rights “.

Abderrazak Rouwane, who has the necessary experience and skills in the field of Human Rights, has extensive knowledge of legal and universal systems in this area. During his professional career, he held the post of Secretary General of the Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights and was elected, on November 28, 2020 in Niamey, Member of the Permanent Independent Human Rights Commission of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the statement said.

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