A Human Rights Coalition calls on Morocco to abolish the Death Penalty Sentence on the Occasion of Morocco’s Candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council

The Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty called on the government to make Morocco's participation in the current session of the Human Rights Council the best opportunity to announce to the world the abolition of the death penalty

The Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty called on the government to make Morocco’s participation in the current session of the Human Rights Council the best opportunity to announce to the world the abolition of the death penalty from Moroccan criminal and military laws, and to convert the existing cases sentenced to death into limited penalties.

The coalition, made up of a number of human rights associations, called on the prime minister to abolish the death penalty, like what government did to public lashing, hand amputation, and publicly stoning to death,

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the coalition stressed the need to sign and ratify the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.

The coordinator of the coalition, Abderrahim Jamai, drew attention to the situation of prisoners sentenced to death penalty who had long passed their sentences, and they are now arbitrarily imprisoned, and he demanded that their imprisonment be lifted, and that they should obtain compensations.

The coalition made it clear that ” the right of life” should not be held hostage by the government for ten years, and it is not accepted that the government defends the retention of the death penalty in the Moroccan penal code especially after establishing human rights values deeply in Moroccan society, and thus, there is no legal, cultural, social benefits in the death penalty.

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