Morocco: Rights, Reconciliation & Justice
A lecture and discussion about the process of Reconciliation and Justice, and the current state of human rights in Morocco
Speaker: Dr. Ahmed Herzenni, President of Morocco’s Advisory Council on Human Rights, and Democracy Activist
Location: 3307 M St., NW, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Date and time: Tuesday March 17, 2009, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
RSVP: Free and open to the public. RSVP’s appreciated at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission launched in 2004 that eventually gave birth to the Morrocco’s Advisory Council on Human Rights was the first truth and reconciliation commission to be established in the Arab world, and created an unprecedented discussion on past abuses during the so-called “Years of Lead,” a period from the 1960s to the 1980s marked by state violence against dissidents and democracy activists. Himself a victim of the “Years of Lead,” Herzenni has argued that the majority of victims do not need retribution to achieve reconciliation, but must work to ensure that “what happened never repeats itself” by restructuring the government “from the inside out.”
Dr. Herzenni has been President of Morocco’s Advisory Council on Human Rights since May 2007. In addition to holding senior positions at international and national democracy advocacy groups, Herzenni has served as Secretary General of the Moroccan Higher Council for Education and has wide experience in matters of agriculture, rural development, natural resources, property rights, population and housing issues, vocational training and human development.
Herzenni holds a PhD in sociology and anthropology from the University of Kentucky and a post-graduate degree (“DEA”) in sociology from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Rabat.
The Maghreb Center is an independent, Washington DC based non-profit created to increase understanding of the Maghreb in the United States. In accomplishing its educational mission, the Center organizes Maghreb-related conferences, seminars, lectures, and roundtables and offers a series of publicly available publications. The Center sponsors numerous programs open to the public featuring U.S. and regional experts, development practitioners, foreign policy specialists, and representatives of Maghrebi governments and civil society.
The Maghreb Center speaker series has been made possible with the support of the Moroccan-American Cultural Center.