United Nations Human Rights (ohchr_logo)Virginia Dandan, the United Nations independent expert on human rights and international solidarity, will begin her first official visit to Morocco from January 15 to 19, 2016. The visit is to identify practices that accord to human rights protection of international solidarity through the examination of international development organisations.

“I will assess whether the current initiatives to help and support Morocco’s development efforts foster the conditions for the realization of all human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights in the county,” Ms. Dandan said.

Dandan will also evaluate the current international cooperation practices in Morocco to ascertain whether they are in accordance with the principle of international solidarity as established by international standards.

The expert will meet with representatives of governmental institutions that specialize in international cooperation, including the coordination of development assistance both received and provided by Morocco. Ms. Dandan will meet with international development partners, civil society organization working in the field of economic, social and cultural rights as well as beneficiaries of international solidarity and all concerned stakeholders.

She will hold a press conference to share the preliminary findings of her visit on Tuesday, January 19 at the Sofitel, Jardin des roses, Rabat.Her observations and recommendations will be reflected in her final report to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2016.

By Dike Onwuamaeze

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