Considerable efforts have been invested to consolidate children’s protection against rape since pedophile criminal Daniel Galvan was set free. While some Moroccans chose to protest peacefully against the controversial pardon granted to Galvan to condemn his hideous crimes, another segment of the population has been mobilized online against sexual abuse targeting Moroccan children.
A group of Moroccan human rights activists based in the U.S. have recently launched an online petition addressed to the Moroccan government, in which they urged the latter to harden punishments against children rapists in line with international standards in this regard.
The petition highlights the fact that the crime of raping children has become a common practice in the country. According to the petition, the reason why this crime has become widespread in Morocco is that the nation’s legislations do not seem to take it seriously enough, as the judicial system does not apply the most severe sentences against its perpetrators..
The petition also draws a link between the unjustified release of Daniel Galvan and the urgency of reconsidering the current penal code against sexual exploitation of children.
In this context, the online petition calls upon the Moroccan government to
“Respect its ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and especially Article 34 holding state parties responsible for protecting children from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse; promote national and international co-operation against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children and set up a specific monitoring mechanism such as the US sex offender registration system; take the necessary legislative measures, in conformity with Morocco’s international commitments to prevent all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse by adopting stricter sentences for perpetrators of these crimes and advancing their full implementation by Moroccan adjudicators.”
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