The (Moroccan) National Human Rights Council is a national institution for the protection and promotion of human rights (NHRI). It was established in March 2011, to replace the former Advisory Council on Human Rights, set up in May 1990. It is accredited as an “A” status NHRI by the International Coordinating Committee (ICC), i.e. in full compliance with the Paris Principles (international standards adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1993 to frame the work of NHRIs and broadly accepted as the test of their legitimacy and credibility). It draws up annual reports on the situation of human rights and thematic or issue specific reports, monitors places of deprivation of liberty, handles complaints and investigates violations, advises on the harmonization of national legislations with international human rights conventions, conducts studies and issues advisory opinions and memoranda on human rights-related issues, etc. The Council has 13 regional human rights commissions to closely monitor the situation of human rights in the different regions of Morocco.