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CNDH Pavilion Closing Ceremony at 29th Session of the SIEL

“CNDH Pavilion created interaction with thousands of visitors and followers on Facebook and X platforms. Over 100 national and international participants and hundreds of children from all Moroccan regions took part in more than 40 events”

The National Human Rights Council (CNDH) Pavilion held its closing ceremony at the International Publishing and Book Fair (SIEL), which was held from 9 to 19 May 2024 in Rabat, Morocco.

This year, the CNDH Pavilion at SIEL coincided with the celebration of 20 years of the establishment of Reconciliation and Equity Commission (known under its French acronym IER).

Commemorating the “20 years of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation… a Milestone and a Process”, the CNDH pavilion shared with its visitors, including children and youth, Morocco’s transitional justice experience, pioneering at national, regional and international levels.

Ms. Amina Bouayach, CNDH Chairperson, stated that the CNDH succeeded in expanding awareness about Morocco's transitional justice experience and sharing the resulting legislative and constitutional reforms. This year, the Human Rights Pavilion addressed current and emerging issues and challenges, as part of the priorities of the effectiveness of human rights and freedoms.

Over the ten-day event, the Human Rights Pavilion hosted thousands of visitors from different groups, ages and nationalities. 13 seminars facilitated by Moroccan and foreign experts and stakeholders, including more than 100 figures from various fields, along with institutional and civil partners and human rights activists.

The CNDH also organized 19 literary discussions on publications approaching emerging human rights issues. Distinguished national and international authors and writers (Morocco, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Burundi, Palestine, Gabon, and Burkina Faso) participated in these meetings.  Significant space was provided to present novels and poets in Amazigh and Hassani languages to promote cultural and linguistic pluralism of Moroccan identity.

Implementing the principle of participation, which the CNDH advocates to institutionalize, the CNDH Pavilion hosted each morning children from all Moroccan regions and provided them with a platform to raise their voices and express their concerns and expectations through various artistic performances, including theatre, drawing, singing and music.

Ms. Bouayach also met with a delegation of Palestinian children from Alquds who visited the CNDH Pavilion at the SIEL.

The Human Rights Pavilion was an open and inclusive space embracing all voices and perspectives. It provided accessibility for persons with disabilities, including sign language, tactile paving guidance for blind and visually impaired persons, accessible shelves, writing tables and entrance to receive visitors with mobility disabilities.

Enhancing its digital interaction with its social media platforms’ followers, all CNDH activities were online live on its Facebook platform with more than 60 hours of sign language interpretation.

Hence, the CNDH achieved significant interaction on its Facebook and X platforms. At least 350,000 people viewed one of the CNDH content (an increase of 1000%), amounting to 350 publications, videos and tweets in various languages (Arabic, Amazigh and English). At least 46,000 people interacted with these publications.