What is the Interministerial delegation for human rights?
The Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights is a governmental structure that reports to the Head of Government. DIDH is in charge of coordination, dialogue and partnership between the different stockholders in promoting and protecting human rights. DIDH is a permanent mechanism for coordination among different programs and projects in elaborating and follow-up human rights publicpolicies’.
What is the purpose behind the creation of DIDH?
DIDH was created to meet the needs at the level of governmental coordination in the area of human rights, especially in interaction with UN human rights system and the insurance of fulfillment of Morocco’s commitment in:
- Coordinating and elaborating reports to be submitted to treaty bodies, Human Rights Council and the interaction with Special Procedures mechanisms.
- Follow-up of UN recommendations’ through national public policies and sectorial programs
How does DIDH conduct its coordinating mission?
DIDH is keen to conduct its mission in cooperation with all concerned governmental departments’via the exchange of information and data as well as coordination and interministerial consultation in various issues related to human rights.
What is meant by “international commitment in the area of human rights”?
When a country ratifies a treaty, it assumes a legal obligation to implement the rights recognized in that treaty. However, becoming a party to a treaty is only the first step, because recognition of rights on paper is not sufficient to guarantee that they will be enjoyed in practice.
So, in addition to their obligation to implement the substantive provisions of the treaty, each State party is also under an obligation to submit periodic reports to the relevant treaty body on how the rights are being implemented.
Morocco is a state party to 9 human rights treaties.
What are Special Procedures mechanisms?
Special procedures mechanisms are one of the main components of UN human rights system. They are formed based on Human Right Council recommendations. They can be both thematic and country mandates. Morocco is among the countries that ensure interaction with these mechanisms and since 2000, eleven mechanisms have visited the country. Indeed DIDH has accompanied and coordinated seven visits since its creation in 2011.
What is the DIDH role vis-à-vis national human rights institutions?
DIDH works in a close cooperation with all national human rights institutions via a permanent consultation related to the interaction with the UN human rights system at both national and international levels: submission of reports, human rights public policies and programs along with the promotion of the culture of human rights.
What is DIDH role vis-à-vis civil society?
DIDH considers civil society as a strategic partner. It has developed a permanent consultation approach regarding the interaction with UN human rights system and permanent supports mechanisms for NGOs : call for projects and ad hoc cooperation adding to capacity buildings programs.
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