Announcement

Preventing human rights violations in Morocco

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Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has welcomed Morocco's decision to ratify the Optional Protocol for the Convention Against Torture.

Speaking today, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa said:

“I warmly welcome the announcement by the Government of Morocco that they will ratify the Optional Protocol for the Convention Against Torture. This is a significant decision and a sign of Morocco’s commitment to preventing human rights violations, meeting international standards and eradicating torture.

I recently welcomed the programme of ambitious constitutional reforms announced by His Majesty King Mohamed VI in March. I encourage the Government of Morocco to continue its important work on the protection and promotion of democracy and human rights.”

The Optional Protocol for the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) was adopted at the UN General Asssembly in 2002, and entered into force in June 2006.