Rabat - Morocco's Houria Esslami has been elected chair-rapporteur of the United Nations' Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
Rabat – Morocco’s Houria Esslami has been elected chair-rapporteur of the United Nations’ Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
Esslami, 47, has become the first woman in the history of the WGEID to be elected chair of the UN’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances since its inception 35 years ago.
The Oujda-born Moroccan was Executive Director of Driss Benzekri Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Families of the Disappeared and Victims of Enforced Disappearance in Morocco.
Esslami is a founding member of the Moroccan Forum for Truth and Justice and worked for the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).
She is also member of the National Human Rights Council of Morocco (CNDH) and chairperson of its Working Group on Development Partnerships and Cooperation. A graduate of King Fahd School of Translation in Tangier, Esslami coordinated the elaboration of the Report on the Situation of Enforced Disappearances, submitted in 2012 as part of the UPR-Morocco.
The Working Group was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives.
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