Arab League Council Supports Morocco’s Candidacy to Chair 18th Session of Human Rights Council for 2024

Chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita, the Council also approved the recommendations issued by the 52nd session of the Permanent Arab Commission for Human Rights, in particular the initiatives undertaken by the Kingdom to promote human rights through the hosting by Rabat in December 2022 of the official launch activities of the Arab Plan for Human Rights Education, the drafting of a concept paper on “the impact of climate change on human rights in the Arab region”, and the inclusion on the Commission’s agenda of the “Call to commit to the implementation of the Marrakech Declaration on national implementation, reporting and monitoring mechanisms in the field of human rights”.

The Council also adopted the joint resolution submitted by the Kingdom of Morocco, Libya and the United Arab Emirates entitled “Prohibiting all advocacy of religious hatred, stressing the need to prevent, at the international level, contempt for religions, and calling on the international community to ensure a balance in the application of the relevant international conventions”.

This joint initiative builds on the recent resolution submitted by the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations General Assembly on “Countering hate speech: Promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue and tolerance”, and on UN references, notably the Rabat Action Plan on the prohibition of any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, adopted in 2012, under the aegis of the United Nations/Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as the Fez Action Plan for religious leaders and actors to prevent incitement to violence that could lead to criminal atrocities, launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2017.

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