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Newsletter, Issue 24, November 2011

Editorial

Last October witnessed the first ordinary session of the (Moroccan) National Human Rights Council. The Council was created in March 2011 and its members were appointed later on in September.

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CNDH CALLS FOR A LAW TO CRIMINALIZE SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW

"Respect for the international humanitarian law is only a first step towards effective implementation. It is necessary to take a set of procedures and legislative and administrative measures to implement the provisions of this law..."

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NETWORK OF AFRICAN NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS ADOPTS A DECLARATION AGAINST TORTURE

Chairmen of NANHRI member institutions met in Rabat on 7 and 8 September. They called for the strengthening of the role of African national human rights institutions in the prevention of torture.

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CNDH SG CALLS FOR CORRECTION/INTEGRATION BASED PUNITIVE POLICY THAT RESPECTS HUMAN RIGHTS

CNDH SG Mr. Mohammed Essabbar called for the reconsideration of the Moroccan punitive policy and for the humanization of punishment through a correction and integration based policy.

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CNDH ENTRUSTED WITH ACCREDITATION OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS FOR 2011 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

Under law 30.11, laying down terms and conditions of neutral and independent election observation, the (Moroccan) National Human Rights Council (CNDH) is entrusted with the accreditation of national and international observers for the 2011 parliamentary elections, due on November 25, 2011.

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CALL TO ELIMINATE ALL KINDS OF STIGMATIZATION AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DRUG USERS

The (Moroccan) National Human Rights Council (CNDH) organized, in partnership with the Association for the Fight against AIDS (ALCS) and participation of RDR Maroc and Hasnouna associations, a national seminar to advocate against the stigmatization of drug users on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at its headquarters in Rabat.

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CNDH PRESIDENT CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF HIV/AIDS EFFECTED PERSONS AGAINST ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION

Participants of a seminar on AIDS advocated for human rights based approach to fight against the disease

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TRIBUTE TO MR. AHMED HERZENNI, A MAN OF SINCERITY AND LOYALTY, A MAN OF HONOR, COURAGE AND VIRTUE

"Your servant says what he thinks and does what he says, does not do what he does not say and does not say what he does not think. Do not fear for him.", Mr. Ahmed Herzenni

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CNDH SG and members of Palestinian reconciliation committee exchange on the experience of Moroccan truth commission

A delegation from the Palestinian reconciliation committee visited the Moroccan National Human Rights Council (CNDH) from 17 to 21 October 2011 to exchange on the Moroccan experience in the field of transitional justice, mainly through the experience of the Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER).

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CNDH SG BRIEFS BRITISH EXPERT ON CNDH MANDATE AND HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN MOROCCO

CNDH SG Mr. Mohammed Essabbar met Ms Harriet Austen, expert in human rights and international relations and former human rights consultant in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, on September 26th, 2011, at CNDH headquarters in Rabat.

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