Towards the abolition of the death penalty in Morocco?

By Fayza Senhaji on 10/14/2021 at 8:55 p.m. © Copyright: DR Kiosque360. For the CNDH, Morocco is clearly committed to the path that should lead to the official abolition of the death penalty. Morocco is moving towards the (official) abolition of the death penalty. This is what announces Amina Bouayach, president of the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH), in remarks reported by Al Ahdath Al Maghribia in its edition of Friday, October 15. According to the publication, the president of the CNDH made the announcement during a conference organized by the Council on the occasion of the 19th World Day against the Death Penalty. In this context, she recalled the CNDH's full conviction of the need for Morocco to officially abolish the death penalty. As a reminder, even if it is still provided for in the penal code, this sentence has not been carried out in the kingdom for several years. According to Amina Bouayach, Morocco should abolish it because it is in contradiction with certain provisions provided for in the Constitution, and particularly article 20. The latter provides, in fact, that “the right to life is the first right of every human being. The law protects this right ”. According to the comments echoed in the daily, the president of the CNDH explained that Morocco has been engaged for years in the path leading to this abolition, in particular through the actions carried out by her organization. The latter has, for example, contributed to the strengthening of knowledge around this subject, created networks with actors who could play a key role in this file and participated in the dissemination of a culture of human rights. Added to this are the many recommendations made for a reform of the Penal Code and the mobilization of civil society to achieve this objective.Nevertheless, within the CNDH, we remain convinced that we also need a mobilization and a clear vision to fight against prejudices, because the death penalty is not necessarily a solution, and that all the crimes that can be committed can be be resolved differently. As the newspaper reminds us, the celebration of the World Day against the Death Penalty takes on a special character this year, since the world coalition which campaigns for this purpose has placed it under the theme “Women and the death penalty, a invisible reality ”. In Morocco, according to Amina Bouayach, there are still two women sentenced to death, one in Tangier and the other in Tetouan. The CNDH is in regular contact with them, as is another woman who was also sentenced to death, but who had received a royal pardon. By Fayza Senhaji