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Chile Pre-Forum: CNDH underlined its openness to share experiences and joint actions to promote human rights principles

The National Human Rights Council (CNDH), represented by Mr. Mounir Bensalah, Secretary General (SG), participated on Thursday 9 March 2023, in the Chile Pre-Forum for Human Rights in Santiago, organized a few days before the Third Session of the World Human Rights Forum to be held from 20 to 24 March 2023 in Argentina.

This event aims to collectively reflect on issues focusing mainly on education, memory and human rights, climate and human rights and business and human rights.  It also intends to propose solutions establishing the foundations for pleading and enriching the Third World Forum on Human Rights.

In his statement, CNDH SG considered that the CNDH participation is an embodiment of the common human rights values between Morocco and Chile or between two countries of the South (Africa and Latin America). In this regard, he called for strengthening joint actions and stressed the importance of sharing experiences and best practices.

Mr. Bensalah also noted that the Rabat World Human Rights Forum assembled more than 500 participants from over 50 countries who developed recommendations included in the Forum Outcome Document and addressed migration, justice transition and climatic change issues.

Within the same context, the CNDH SG highlighted the unique Moroccan experience in the field of transitional justice. He noted that Morocco constitutionalized the recommendations of the Moroccan Truth Committee, known under its acronym (IER). He also said that preserving memory can be realized through innovative ways, including culture, arts and all other possible forms of expression.

This event was an opportunity to share experiences and best practices amongst countries of the south. The CNDH SG underlined that Morocco launched the process of reviewing the Family Code. He also added that the CNDH interacted with this process by establishing the Working Group on reviewing the Family Code.

Ms. Kenza El Ghali, Morocco’s Ambassador to Chile, Mr. Marco Antonio Avila, Minister of Education in Chile, Secretariat of the Sub-Committee on Human Rights, and the International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights (CIPDH-UNESCO) took part in this the Chile Pre-Forum besides Governmental personalities, experts and academics.