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CNDH Chairperson leads a regional and international human rights delegation to advocate for safe migration in New York

As President of the African Working Group on Migration and Vice-President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), Mrs. Amina Bouayach, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), participates in the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), held from 17 to 20 May 2022, under the auspices of the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Mrs. Bouayach, heading a high-level human rights delegation from the CNDH, the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) and the GANHRI, leads African and international advocacy for safe migration and effective protection of migrants’ rights.

CNDH Chairperson says that this IMRF will allow all actors to assess the implementation of the Marrakech Agreement (Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration). She also declares that the IMRF will be an opportunity to shed light on the violations of migrants’ human rights, regardless of their situation.

In addition to conducting bilateral meetings with UN, governmental and non-governmental actors, Mrs. Bouayach will chair GANHRI’s activities at this forum, including one of the few meetings organized on the sidelines of this event, which will focus on the roles of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the implementation and assessment of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).

At the invitation of the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mrs. Bouayach will participate in one of the four main meetings of the IMRF, whose conclusions and recommendations will be reflected in the final declaration. CNDH Chairperson will advocate for the effective right of migrants to access information (the third objective of the GCM) during all stages of migration, and the actions that States shall take to effectively implement this right.

As President of the Working Group on Migration of the NANHRI, CNDH Chairperson will submit a written contribution to the IMRF on migration and the outputs of the African Working Group actions.

Mrs. Maimouna Essayed, President of the Regional Human Rights Commission of Dakhla- Oued Eddahab (CRDH), Morocco, will represent the CNDH in the international meeting on the role of NHRIs in carrying out the agreement through the implementation of the human rights-based approach, gender approach and the protection of children's rights.

The First IMRF is organized to assess the implementation of the GCM and identify challenges and best practices at the local, national, regional and international levels.

This forum is expected to culminate in a declaration by Heads of States, Governments and senior officials looking forward to effective opportunities for the implementation of the "Marrakech Agreement" and the future of international cooperation in the field of migration.