Moroccan Professor to Chair Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Human Rights Committee

Rabat – Moroccan Professor Raja Naji Al-Makkawi has been elected by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as the chairperson of its Standing Committee of Human Rights.

During the OIC’s 44th session in the Ivorian capital Abidjan on July 11, Makkawi was chosen, among four other candidates, to serve as the organization’s chairperson of the Standing Committee of Human Rights for three renewable years.

According to, Makkawai’s election, came as a result of the strong presence of the Moroccan delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in charge of Moroccans Residing Abroad and Immigration Affairs, Abdel Karim Benatik, during the recent meeting of the OIC foreign ministers.

During the 44th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the 56-member organization of Muslim states, which took place July 10 and 11, the OIC praised Morocco’s return to the African Union and the Royal initiative to assist in the development ofthe Africa.

Under the theme ‘Youth, Peace and Development in a World of Solidarity’, the meeting also honored the conference on the rights of religious minorities organized in January in Marrakech.

Raja Naji Makkawi is a Moroccan scholar and a Fiqh professor. She is the first Moroccan woman to receive a doctorate in Law from Rabat’s Mohammed V University and the first woman to deliver a Hassani lesson before King Mohammed VI and a select group of scholars and politicians.

Hailing from the city of Wazan and raised in a conservative family, Makkawi has occupied several roles in including Professor of Higher Education at Faculty of Law in Mohamed V University, head of the Moroccan Health Law Research Unit, expert and legal adviser to a number of international institutions and organizations, and Regional Inspector at the Ministry of Finance between 1987 and 1991, among other roles.


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