Morocco - NPM Designated

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification November 24, 2014
UNCAT Ratification June 21, 1993
SPT Member Abdellah Ounnir (2017-2020)
NPM Designated

National Human Rights Council (Conseil national des droits de l'Homme)

NPM Type

National Human Rights Commission

On the 6th of February 2018, new founding legislation for the National Human Rights Council was adopted by parliament. The new law gave the mandate of NPM to the NHRC, along with a number of other new powers and mandates.



The APT, jointly with the Advisory Council on Human Rights (Moroccan National Human Rights Institution), organised a national seminar on the OPCAT in February 2009. During this seminar, working groups discussed two possible NPM options:

  • Establishing a new and specific institution, like the French General Inspector of Places of Deprivation of Liberty, and
  • Designating the existing National Human Rights Institution, an option currently under consideration in Ghana.

At the end of the seminar, the Advisory Council representatives invited all interested stakeholders to submit their NPM proposals and committed to compile various options in order to communicate them to the Ministry of Justice. On the other hand, the civil society organisations also committed to present a proposal in the sense of creating a new and independent institution to assume the NPM mandate.


In May 2010, the APT participated in one of the meetings of the OPCAT National Group to share NPM experiences from other countries and regions. The APT was informed that, following this meeting, the OPCAT National Group presented recommendations and proposals on possible NPMs for Morocco.

In November 2011, the government announced its intentions to designate the National Human Rights Council as NPM during its examination to the Committee against Torture. It stated that amendments would be brought to the founding legislation of the National Council.