Casablanca - A number of Moroccan Human rights activists have called upon the government to abolish death penalty, during a press conference organized yesterday, by the Coalition against Death Penalty that includes 11 Human rights organizations.
Casablanca – A number of Moroccan Human rights activists have called upon the government to abolish death penalty, during a press conference organized yesterday, by the Coalition against Death Penalty that includes 11 Human rights organizations.
Abderrahim Eljamai, the coordinator of the coalition, said that the Islamist-led government adopts an outdated decision through rejecting to vote for the abolition of death penalty.
The coordinator is referring to the bill introduced by the UN General Assembly. He criticized the PJD, the Islamist ruling party, for resorting to religious doctrine in defending pro-death penalty stance.
He argued that “The PJD may implement capital punishment in a country that relies on the Sharia-law, but Morocco’s penal code is inspired by the French code.”
He went on to say that the courts in the country rule in the name of the people, the state and the king, not in that of religious texts.
The president of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights, Mohammed Enechnache, stressed that society should be aware that the death penalty cannot eradicate crimes.
Khadija Erriyadi, the president of Moroccan Association for Human rights, insisted that there should be a clear political decision towards capital punishment. She added that its abolition is a form of preserving human dignity.
It is worth noting that the Islamic ruling party had already addressed the aforementioned demands.
Two weeks ago, the minister of Justice, Mustapha Erramid, cited four reasons in a bid to defend the government’s stance, without having to resort to the Islamic religious texts.
Firstly, Morocco has not implemented capital punishment since 1993.
Secondly, the national dialogue for the reform of Justice does not agree unanimously about it.
Thirdly, 76 percent voted for death penalty in a poll established by a Moroccan website. Fourthly, 57 countries around the globe are still implementing the punishment.
In addition, The Moroccan society is not the only society which is divided towards the matter, but also other nations such as the United States.
Conversely, Khadija Eriyadi, resorted to the French model, the courage to abolish death penalty without waiting for the green light from society.