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CNDH organizes an international conference on Practices of African NPMs: Exploring Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

The National Human Rights Council / National Preventive Mechanism (CNDH/NPM), in cooperation with the South African Human Rights Commission, is organizing an international conference on Practices of NPMs in Africa: Exploring Emerging Challenges and Opportunities, on 23 and 24 June 2023, at 8:30 am in Marrakech, Morocco.

This international conference is organized as part of the CNDH celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It aims to address strategies that will enhance networking opportunities and encourage cooperation to advance the effectiveness of African NPMs. It will be an opportunity to share insights and experiences among NPMs on the one hand and with different actors on the other, including the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT), the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) of the Council of Europe, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), and several international experts.

African NPMs, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), experts and representatives of international organizations and networks will examine challenges and developments with regard to existing legal and institutional frameworks in Africa. They will address challenges and appropriate solutions, and review current practices and available opportunities. The five panel discussions of this conference will be an occasion to address the complex structural challenges faced by the African NPMs, such as limited resources, legal issues and limitations.

Stakeholders will focus on the best practices, creative approaches and ways of cooperation among NPMs and partners at continental and international levels. The last panel will be an occasion to present the Final Document summarizing the most significant outputs and recommendations of the conference.

Ms. Amina Bouayach, CNDH/NPM Chairperson, Mr. Andrew Christoffel Nissen, Commissioner, South-African Human Rights Commission/NPM, Mr. Rémy Ngoy Lumbu, President of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Mr. Hamet Saloum Diakhate, Member, UN Sub-Committee on Prevention of Torture and Mr. Mohammed Dkhissi, Judicial Police Central Director, General Directorate for National Security in Morocco, will take part in the opening session. Mr. Joseph Whittal, President of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana, will facilitate this event.