The Kingdom of Morocco was elected by acclamation in the person of Professor Nadia Bernoussi, member of the Human Rights Advisory Committee, a subsidiary body of the UN Human Rights Council.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad indicates that the election of Morocco constitutes recognition of the continuous efforts of the Kingdom, in matters of promotion and protection of Human Rights. It also reflects the credibility and trust Morocco enjoys with UN human rights bodies.
According to the same source, this election, which comes a few weeks before the brilliant election of Mohammed Amarti, to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and that of Mahjoub El Haiba, to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, is the fruit of an intense diplomatic campaign led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, as part of strengthening the presence of Moroccan expertise within international and regional organizations in accordance with to the Royal High Orientations.
Nadia Bernoussi is Professor of Constitutional Law and member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission). She succeeds Mohamed Bennani who has served on the Human Rights Advisory Committee since its creation in 2008, the statement said.
The Advisory Committee, a subsidiary body of the Human Rights Council made up of 18 experts elected by secret ballot by the Council for a three-year term, renewable once, from a list of candidates meeting certain criteria, namely: competence in the field of human rights or related fields, high morality, independence and impartiality.