Moroccan Benzakour Reappointed As Head Of Association Of Ombudsman And Mediators Of The Mediterranean
Paris -President of Morocco’s Mediator Institution, Abdelaziz Benzakour, was reappointed Tuesday as head of the Association of Ombudsman and Mediators of the Mediterranean (AOM), after its annual general meeting in Paris.
The Moroccan mediator was unanimously elected to chair, for a new two-year term, the office of the association, whose the General Secretariat was again assigned to the Human Rights Defender of the French Republic, Dominique Baudis.
In a statement to MAP news agency, Benzakour welcomed the renewal of his mandate at the head of this organization which works to strengthen the role of mediating institutions in the Mediterranean, believing that this is a “recognition” with regard to Morocco from the community of Ombudsmen in the region for its efforts in this area, as well as the promotion of human rights in general.
It takes particular account, he said, of the “reforms initiated by HM King Mohammed VI last year in the institutional area, including the reform of the institution of Diwan Al Madhalim, now called the Mediator institution, with a wider range of skills and areas of intervention for the benefit of more consistent carrying out its mission.”
Internationally, Benzakour recalled that this is the initiative of Morocco, supported by a number of friendly countries, that a resolution has been adopted at the U.N. General Assembly, on December 21, 2010 , to “call on the community international to strengthen the role of Mediators and other national institutions for protection and promotion of human rights, give them further capacity and work towards the creation of similar institutions in countries that do not have them.”