UN: Diplomat reaffirms Morocco’s deep attachment to rule of law, human rights respect

Morocco’s ambassador to the UN in New York, Omar Hilale, reaffirmed on Monday Morocco’s “deep attachment” to the promotion of the rule of law and the respect of human rights” and its commitment for a multi-lateral system that respects international law rules and principles as part of the United Nations Organization.

Morocco “solemnly reaffirms deep attachment to promote the rule of law, the respect of human rights and commits to endeavor to consolidate them both at the national and international levels”, said Hilale at a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on “contributions of human rights and the rule of law in the post 2015 development agenda”.

The two day meeting was held in the presence of chairman of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, HRH Mette-Marit of Norway, international good-will ambassador of UNAIDS, and UNICEF executive director, Anthony Lake.

“My country shares the conviction that the United Nations Organization remains the most appropriate framework for international efforts meant to reach a global approach to the primacy of law, international legality and the respect of the UN charter”, he said, noting that the goal is to efficiently meet the multiple challenges related to peace, security, human rights respect and development facing the international community.

He also reaffirmed that Morocco believes in a multi-lateral system that respects the rules and principles of international law, as part of the UN framework, as a legitimate and representative organization and as an appropriate framework for international efforts geared to the establishment of an international society based on equality and legality and enjoying peace, security, lasting development and respect of human rights.

He surveyed during this high-level meeting Morocco’s experience of establishing the rule of law and the respect of human rights in order to guarantee to Moroccan citizens dignity and lasting development.

He told participants how Morocco is experiencing a constant movement to improve the efficiency of institutions and consolidate the rule of law in order to improve the daily life of citizens through an inclusive and participative approach.

Among other initiatives taken to this end, the high-ranking diplomat cited the creation of the Ombusman institution in 2001, the establishment of the Mediator institution, reforming the family in 2003 to improve the status of women, the creation of the justice and reconciliation commission to look into past abuses of human rights, the launching of the National human development initiative, the creation of the economic, social and environment council and the adoption of a new constitution by referendum in 2011.