By Youssef Sourgo
Morocco World News
Casablanca, July 13, 2013
The Moroccan Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) is expected to introduce, next July 16, a bill that will consolidate the Penal Code by enforcing stricter penalties against Racism in Morocco and punishing even the rejection of Amazigh names, according to the news website H24info.
With an alarming awareness of racism gradually germinating in the social tissue of the kingdom, this bill is sought to put an end to racism in all its manifestations, whether it be the quotidian racism against black citizens, the one against immigrant Sub-Saharans, or the ethnic discrimination against Amazigh people.
A phenomenon acutely condemned in civil society, racism eventually finds its way to the parliament as a problematic that should be combated by means of law. In this context, the PAM takes the initiative by proposing a bill to be submitted to the president of the First Chamber on July 15, as reported by H24info.
The decision also comes under pressure exerted by NGOs which find concern in this issue. The National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) has been incessantly denouncing racism in Morocco and has continuously shed light on its dangerous repercussions at all perceptible levels. The CNDH has also been urging the government to reinforce judicial means deployed to combat racism against black people in particular.
Racism against black people figures as number one foe in this context, be it against Moroccan citizen or against Sub-Saharan immigrants in the kingdom.
“Morocco receives today a significant number of Sub-Saharan immigrants,” said Mehdi Bensaid PAM deputy, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
“Our country is not solely a bridge these Sub-Saharan immigrants use to reach Europe; it has more importantly become a country of residence and settlement as well. It is thus absolutely inacceptable that Morocco, an African country like any other, allows the existence of racism on its land,” Mr. Bensaid further argued.
Hence, the PAM proposes that discrimination of any sort against minority groups be punished by imprisonment from 3 months to 2 years, or a fine ranging from MAD 10, 000 to MAD 100, 000. The current penalties in practice only sentence discriminators to 1 month-2 years in prison, or a fine of MAD 1,500-50, 000.
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