The Association acts for the preservation of human dignity, the respect for all human rights in their universality, globality and for the protection, the defense and the promotion of these rights. The Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) aims notably:
- To raise awareness, diffuse and educate on human rights.
- To work for ratification by Morocco of all international pacts on human rights, for the integration of their provisions in Moroccan law and its compliance with these pacts and to ensure abiding them by the law.
- To notice, denounce and condemn any human rights violation and work to put an end to them.
- To provide solidarity, uphold and support for the victims of the violations.
The AMDH action is based on the 6 following principles:
The universality of human rights: the AMDH considers human rights as the patrimony of all humanity that should be a benefit to all human beings. Thereby, the international Human Rights declarations, pacts and conventions constitute the unique referential of its action.
The globality of Human Rights: the AMDH defends human rights in their indivisibility and believes that these rights can’t be effectively and efficiently respected without extending their respect to all fields: political, civil, economic, social and cultural.
The mass Action: The AMDH considers that the action for human rights can not be the work of the elite, but one of all citizens and primarily those who suffer from their violation.
The independence: In its activities, the AMDH is independent of any political organization, whatever its orientation, and any power, whatever its nature.
Democracy: both for its internal activities and for its relations with national and foreign human rights organizations, the AMDH is based on democratic principles; the AMDH also considers that the respect for human rights in their universal and global acceptance can effectively and efficiently take place only within a society where there is political, economic, social and cultural democracy.
The progressist nature of the AMDH: The defense of human rights in accordance with the previous principles objectively categorizes the AMDH among the progressist movement both at the national and international level.
OUR MEANS OF ACTION
To achieve its objectives, the AMDH uses all legal means including:
- The establishment of Reports and memorandum claims.
- The various means and methods of information and communication.
- Conferences, roundtables, symposiums, universities and various training and sensitization activities.
- The artistic, cultural, sportive, recreational and camping activities aiming at spreading the human rights values and standards.
- The establishment of relations, the coordination and the exchange of experiences with any organization with the same objectives within or outside the country.
- The creation of centers related to the AMDH to serve its objectives.
- The intervention to officials and to the concerned responsible in order to protect and ensure the respect of human rights, to support and bring justice to victims of violations.
Since its establishment on 24 June 1979, four phases marked the history of AMDH:
From 1979 to late 1983: the establishment of a number of sections and the beginning of a dynamic action stopped by repression.
From 1984 to 1988: a period of the AMDH activities stagnation and freezing because of repression directed against the Association and against several of its leaders and activists.
From 1988 to late 1991: phase of renewal and implementing the AMDH strategy based on clear principles and trends; holding the 2nd Congress of the AMDH in March 1989 and its 3rd congress in December 1991.
From late 1991 to nowadays: the period of rise and development of the AMDH which held regularly its congresses every 3 years up to the 9th congress held in May 2010.
THE AMDH 9th CONGRESS
It was held from 20 to 23 May 2010 with the participation of 422 members of congress - including 36% of women - 120 observer members of the AMDH and more than 30 heads of friend organizations invited to follow the progress of the congress.
The 9th congress was a great success regarding the number (20) and the quality of the documents (moral and financial reports, amendments of statutes, general resolution and 15 other resolutions and recommendations) adopted in quasi unanimity of members of congress as by the uninominal secret ballot of the Administrative Committee composed of 75 members a third of them are women.
The Administrative Committee elected a Central Bureau composed of 21 members among whom a third is women who
in turn elected a woman president, an unprecedented event in the AMDH history.
Fifteen heads of friend organizations from abroad participated to observe the progress of the congress. And in the margin of the congress, the Bureau of the Maghreb Coordination of Human Rights Organizations (CMODH) held a meeting.
The AMDH has nearly 10,000 members at the end of December 2009 including 20% of women.
It has 91 sections among which 3 are on the way to be formed across the country and grouped into 8 regional sections.
The National Congress is held every three years and elects an administrative committee whose maximum number is fixed at 75 members. It holds its meeting 4 times a year.
The administrative Committee in turn elects the Central Bureau, and is the executive body of the AMDH; it meets twice a month.
The AMDH aims to reach 15,000 members by 2010. Its activity is based on four key categories: women, youth, workers, Democrat intellectuals. Concerning women’s empowerment, the AMDH has achieved successfully within itself the slogan: "At least one-third of women towards the perspective of equality."
OUR MAIN ACTIVITIES
The AMDH organizes many activities, individually or in collaboration with other organisms, both at the national and local level, the most important ones concern:
Violations of human rights: the AMDH conducts violations monitoring, to take positions and actions to stop them and render justice to victims.
Human rights training: it concerns mainly members of the AMDH, but it is widely open to members of other democratic organizations including human rights organizations.
Human rights education: the AMDH attaches more importance to this activity among young people. A partnership contract was signed with the Ministry of National Education to strengthen this activity.
Outreach activities: By means of these activities, the AMDH is directed towards the general public to raise awareness in the field of human rights; among these activities, there are notably those related to the International Human Rights Day ( December 10th), the national day of women's rights militants (December 11th), the World Day of Migrants (December 18th), the World Day of Women (March 8th), the International Workers' Day (May 1st), the anniversary of AMDH foundation (June 24th), the World Day against Torture (June 26th), the International Death Penalty Abolition Day (October 10th), the
With the consultative status at the ECOSOC/UNO
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17th), the national day of the disappeared (October 29th), the "International Student's day" (November 17th), the Universal Children's Day (November 20th) and the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (November 29th).
Among the Outreach activities, there are also the Clubs of Human Rights and recreational and educational camps for youth.
Information: the AMDH issues a monthly newspaper in Arabic specialized in Human Rights ("Attadamoune" Solidarity), and contains a few pages in French.
The AMDH publishes an annual report on the human rights situation in Morocco. It also produces thematic reports on human rights and publishes booklets and books gathering notably work and results of its congresses or training workshops and seminars and activities it organizes.
It also issues internal booklets showing the internal debates within the association.
It holds press conferences on the occasion of the annual report's publication and whenever it is needed.
The AMDH has at one’s disposal a Center for Information and Documentation with an important data base and is open to the public.