Geneva: Morocco determined to combat torture in all its forms

Morocco is firmly determined combat torture in all its forms and is strongly committed to the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), said on Monday in Geneva Moroccan minister for Human Rights Mustapha Ramid.

Speaking at a meeting held on the sidelines of the 43rd session the UN Human Rights Council, the minister said the country’s constitution prohibits torture and makes it a punishable criminal offense.

Confessions obtained under torture are considered null and void, added the minister, noting that the law includes several measures to prevent abuses or ill-treatments during the investigation and trial.

He also explained the mechanisms set up by the North African Kingdom for the prevention of torture under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against torture, and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

In 2014, Morocco, Denmark, Chile, Indonesia and Ghana launched the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), to mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture. The CTI is an innovative inter-governmental and cross-regional initiative seeking to prevent torture and other ill-treatment in the world.

In his opening address at the Human Rights Council’s 43rd session convening in Geneva, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres called for action to reduce inequalities, advance sustainable development, prevent conflict, alleviate human suffering and build a just and equitable world.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said human rights agenda offers guidance to resolve grievances and conflicts, improve lives, and create greater justice, more peace and more sustainable development.

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