Myriam Ait Malk
Myriam Ait Malk
Rabat – The National Human Rights Council (CNDH) voiced its stance on the bill addressing violence against women, which the government adopted on March 17.
The CNDH reiterated the recommendations it had suggested during the bill’s structuring. These include the recognition of violence against women as a form of discrimination and a call for an increase in state responsibility in regards to gender violence.
The CNDH, presided by Driss El Yazami, underlined the importance of implementing the principle of “due diligence,” or “the responsibility on the State to take responsibility for preventing gender violence, prosecuting and punishing perpetrators,” according to Julie Goldschied, Law Professor at City University of New York (CUNY).
The CNDH also insisted on the revision of certain aspects of the Penal Code and its criminal procedures for crimes related to violence against women. The government’s bill has been largely criticized since its adoption in March. Many Moroccan NGOs involved in women’s rights condemned the government’s “unilateral approach” to draft the bill.
Such NGOs called for a review of the bill’s constitutionality according to the 2011 Constitution.
Prior to any formal discussions on the bill within the Chamber of Representatives, the Moroccan coalition of 25 NGOs, known as “Dignity Spring” (Printemps de la Dignité), suggested that the bill addressing violence against women lacked precision and remained too broad.
According to this coalition, such a vagueness in legal definition stands in favor of the decriminalization of various violent acts against women in Morocco.