Moroccan Soumia Amrani was elected on Monday, November, 30, 2020, to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates.
The election took place in New York, on the occasion of the 13th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Ministry added, noting that the candidacy of Ms. Amrani, who enjoyed great diplomatic mobilization, won the support of 103 countries.
Ms. Soumia Amrani is a known for her work and her commitment at several national and international associations and institutions for the defense of the rights of persons with disabilities.
Founding President of the Autism Morocco Collective, Ms. Amrani has also served as a member of the National Human Rights Council and Vice-President of the Collective for the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
According to the same source, 27 other candidates were competing for the 9 vacant posts within the CRPD.
This election reflects the credibility of Morocco in its promotion, protection and respect for the rights of persons with disabilities, within the framework of the High Solicitude of which the Sovereign has always surrounded people with disabilities, the Ministry pointed out.
This new election of the Kingdom to human rights bodies is yet another recognition from the international community and supports the Kingdom’s strategy aimed at better Moroccan representation within international organizations and United Nations bodies, the source said.
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention by the States Parties.