Morocco - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification November 24, 2014
UNCAT Ratification June 21, 1993
SPT Member Mr. Abdellah Ounnir (Vice-Chairperson and Rapporteur)
NPM Designated

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

NPM Type

National Human Rights Commission

NPM Legal Framework

Law n° 76-15 (also available in French) on the reorganisation of the National Human Rights Council, published on the official journal n° 6652 on 1 March 2018.

Morocco deposited the instrument of ratification of the OPCAT with the United Nations in New York in November 2014, after several years of discussions related to OPCAT ratification and implementation.

In February 2018, the Parliament of Morocco adopted a new founding legislation for its National Human Rights Council. The new law also designates the National Human Rights Council as the Moroccan National Preventive Mechanism.

The SPT conducted its first visit to Morocco from 22-28 October 2017. The main objective of the visit was to advise the Government on the establishment of the NPM. The SPT also carried out visits to places of deprivation of liberty. The report of the visit is confidential.

The SPT member who is the SPT Focal Point for Morocco is available here.