Morocco signs Arab Charter of Human Rights

Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco on Monday signed the Arab Charter of Human Rights approved by the Arab Summit last May in Tunis, an official source announced in Rabat.
The Charter was signed in Cairo by Mohamed Faraj Doukkali, Moroccan ambassador to Egypt and permanent delegate of Morocco to the Arab League, acting on the authority of the kingdom's ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
Doukkali told Moroccan news agency MAP that his country wanted "to be among the first signatories of the Charter due to its progress in the area of human rights as universally recognised.
" The diplomat also stressed that the signing followed recommendations from the last Arab Summit in Tunis, saying that it was "the summit of reform, modernisation and development".
He recalled that the charter was developed by the Arab Standing Committee on Human Rights, which is chaired by Morocco's Khalid Naciri, who was re-elected a few weeks ago for a third term owing to the "significant work" he has done in his previous tenure.
The Arab Charter of Human Rights, which enshrines the principles of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the provisions of the two international covenants on civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights, is aimed at making human rights a major concern in Arab countries.
It provides that any individual, man or woman, shall enjoy their rights and liberties regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, political opinion, national or social background, economic status, birth or any other situation.
It notably guarantees the right for every individual to enjoy freedom of worship, thought and opinion, as well as the right to express one's faith or belief, through worship, rites and teaching without breaching other people's rights and the rights of minorities to enjoy their culture and practice their religion through worship and rites.

28 december 2004 10:03:00

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