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CNDH draws the curtain on its participation at the 27th Session of the International Publishing and Book Fair 2022

The pavilion of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) interacted with thousands of visitors. It welcomed more than 100 national and international actors and more than 240 students from 43 Moroccan cities or rural communities.

On the eve of Sunday 12 June 2022, the CNDH pavilion drew the curtain on its participation, which focused on the theme Expressions of the Human Rights, in the 27th Session of the International Publishing and Book Fair, known in French as Salon International de l’Edition et du Livre (SIEL), from 2 to 12 June 2022 in Rabat, Morocco.

Over ten days, the CNDH pavilion was an inclusive and open space for all ages and groups... A space in which ideas met and intersected through various expressions of poetry, storytelling, theater, drawing and music in various languages to create a combination inspired by the diversified Moroccan culture.

On the occasion of this event, Mrs. Amina Bouayach, CNDH Chairperson, said that SIEL was a cultural and knowledge rendezvous marked with a unique human and intellectual nature. It took place after a global pandemic that deprived us, for nearly two years, of human, spontaneous and comprehensive interaction. It was a space for ideas to meet and intersect. It was also an occasion to search collectively and jointly for ways to promote rights and freedoms in our country...

The CNDH pavilion extended over an area of 200 m2. It provided access to persons with disabilities, including sign language. It hosted thousands of visitors who took part in 40 activities conducted by experts and national and international actors (human rights activists, civil society representatives, experts, authors, researchers, and artists...). Besides, the CNDH organized 70 awareness-raising and entertaining events animated by more than 240 girls and boys, from public schools in 43 cities or rural communities of different regions of Morocco.

They created artistic activities through words, theater and drawings that expressed their concerns and aspirations.

The CNDH focused on five daily sections: Debates and Interviews, Book Talk, CNDH Guest, Artistic Expressions, plus a morning section on children's expressions of their rights.

As part of its strategy based on the effectiveness of rights, the CNDH shed light and interacted with visitors and discussed several issues such as the right to life, the right to health, the right to culture, the right to development, collective memory and history, migration, artificial intelligence, digital citizenship, inclusive cities, Moroccan heritage, and African cultures.

In addition, the CNDH pavilion exhibited different publications, including more than 25 new books elaborated by the CNDH and others.

The Pavilion of Expressions of Human Rights hosted open events during which recent publications and critical readings were presented on current human rights issues such as women’s rights, childhood, health system, migrants’ rights, schooling children with a disability, security policies, abolition of the death penalty, Amazigh and Saharan heritage, African Heritage, memory...

It also included artistic expressions such as exhibitions, paintings, poetry, theater... on the abolition of the death penalty, combating violence against women and girls, the rights of foreigners, childhood, the Hassani heritage, memory...

Extending debates on expressions of human rights, the CNDH reinforced its digital interaction through comprehensive coverage of all its events on its online platforms on the internet: its official website, Twitter and Facebook.

On the final day of the 27th Session of the SIEL, the CNDH decided to organize various forms of expression of rights through music. Hence, the closing moment would be a moment of joy on the horizon of the renewed meeting next year, as described by Mrs. Amina Bouayach, CNDH Chairperson.

Download the CNDH President’s statement (Available in Arabic)

Download the press release in Amazigh language