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CNDH and UNHCR sign a Framework Convention aiming to strengthen the national system for the protection of the rights of refugees

Mrs. Amina Bouayach, Chair of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) and Mr. François Reybet-Degat, Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Morocco (UNHCR) signed a Framework Convention on 14 April 2021 at the CNDH headquarters in Rabat, Morocco.

This Convention aims, mainly, to strengthen the national system for the protection of the rights of refugees.

It reflects the willingness of the two parties to develop new areas of common interest. Particularly, it concerns studies on public policies relating to the rights of refugees; the exchange of data and the results of researches and studies; the monitoring of the implementation of the provisions relating to the rights of refugees and its evolution; the development of research projects, studies and training; the organization of colloquiums, conferences and seminars, etc.

Dignity, solidarity, respect, altruism, these values are more than abstract principles for the CNDH, stated Mrs. Bouayach on the occasion of the signing of this Framework Convention. They represent, for us, a fundamental institutional commitment towards foreigners, apart from their legal and administrative situation, she added.

For his part, Mr. Reybet-Degat affirmed that the signing of this Convention is an important step in the high-level CNDH and UNHCR cooperation related to asylum actions in Morocco. It is also a very important marker of the joint actions conducted by the CNDH and the UNHCR relating to the implementation of the National Immigration and Asylum Policy, he said.

Thus, the two parties undertook to cooperate for the implementation of actions and capitalization on their experiences by broadening their collaboration through the establishment of an annual action plan which is an integral part of this Convention.