Chairman of the (Moroccan) National Human Rights Council (CNDH) Mr. Driss El Yazami met, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, a delegation from the World Blind Union, at the headquarters of the Council in Rabat.
Mr. El Yazami briefed the delegation about the National Human Rights Council, its creation, mandate and mission, as they are laid down in its founding law. The Council, he said, considered three priorities in appointing its members: parity (more than 40% of its members are women), youth and disability.
He also shed light on reforms that have been undertaken by Morocco since the nineties. He highlighted the Moroccan experience in the area of transitional justice, the 2004 Family Code, recent constitutional reforms, the newly launched project related to the reform of the judiciary, etc.
Mr. El Yazami said that CNDH is determined to strengthen efforts and strongly advocate for the protection and promotion of disability rights. The institution is ready to cooperate with the World Blind Union and any other international and Moroccan disability civil society organizations to achieve this objective and to ensure effective implementation of the international Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Morocco in April 8, 2009, he added.
Mr. Mohamed Ezzaoui, chairman of the African Union of the Blind and member of the World Blind Union, indicated that Morocco has made great steps in protecting disability rights. He called for more efforts to protect and promote the rights of this vulnerable group and ensure equality of all citizens without any kind or form of discrimination.
The World Blind Union is the internationally recognized umbrella organization, representing about 285 million blind and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries. It brings together major national and international organizations of blind persons and those providing services to them.
The Union has consultative status within the UN Agencies and ECOSOC. It is subdivided into six regions: Africa, Asia, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America-Caribbean.Print this page Send this page