National Human Rights Council (CNDH)

The creation of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) comes to materialize Morocco’s commitment to protect and safeguard the rights and freedoms of citizens and affirm the country’s commitment to respect its international commitments to protect and promote human rights.

Legitimate child of the Advisory Council on Human Rights (CCDH), an institution created on the eve of the political alternation in 1990, CNDH enshrines a process aimed at consolidating the rule of law and institutions. Indeed, it comes to substitute CCDH which was one of the major institutions of the democratic transition in Morocco, particularly with regard to settling the past serious human rights abuses after the first reform in 2002.

Considering the positive achievements of the Advisory Council on Human Rights in promoting rights and freedoms, settling the past serious human rights violations and achieving strategic objectives of the Moroccan experience in transitional justice, and in a bid to reinforce its actions and promote its professionalism and independence, and guarantee that it contributes in the momentum of advanced regionalization, the National Human Rights Council was created as a national institution in charge of safeguarding and promoting of human rights and freedoms in Morocco in accordance with the Paris principles governing national human rights institutions.

CNDH is endowed with wider powers and prerogatives, nationally and regionally, that grant it more independence and impact in safeguarding and promoting human rights.