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Maghreb organisations seek end to domestic violence (Morocco)

July 30, 2012

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Source: Magharebia Weak legal protection and entrenched cultural norms force Maghreb victims of gender-based violence to suffer in silence. By Mohamed Saadouni in Casablanca and Nazim Fethi in Algiers for Magharebia – 30/07/12 [AFP/Abdelhak Senna] Minister of Solidarity, Women and Family Bassima Hakkoui recently revealed the latest statistics on domestic violence in Morocco. Violence against […]

Rape and Underage Marriage Is Not Important, Says Moroccan Women and Family Minister (Morroco)

July 17, 2012

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by Jeff Fecke Women’s rights groups in Morocco are denouncing comments made by Solidarity, Women and Family Minister Bassima Hakkaoui and are demanding reform of the kingdom’s rape laws. Hakkoui told legislators from the Justice and Development party in May that “the issue of child sexual abuse has been politically exploited by associations, which have greatly […]

Morocco: End the legal exemption for rapists who marry their victims (Morroco)

March 28, 2012

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Printer-friendly version Action Number: 41.1 Date: 28 Mar 2012 Update Date: 2012 May 17 Update: 15-year-old Safae from Tangiers was raped and impregnated in January 2011 when she was 14. Though she and her mother filed a complaint, according to recent reports they were pressured to drop the charges by the prosecutor and the judge. […]

A Woman Should Not Have to Marry Her Rapist (Morroco)

March 18, 2012

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by Kristina Chew Some 200 woman activists rallied outside Morocco’s parliament building on Saturday to demand the repeal of a rape-marriage law. Under the law, article 475, a rapist is allowed to marry his victim if she is a minor so he can avoid prosecution. Families often agree to such a marriage because of strong […]

Morocco protest after raped Amina Filali kills herself (Morocco)

March 15, 2012

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Moroccan activists have stepped up pressure to scrap laws that allow rapists to marry their victims – after a 16-year-old girl killed herself. Amina Filali swallowed rat poison after being severely beaten during a forced marriage to her rapist. An online petition has been started – and protests are planned for Saturday against a law […]

Girl Commits Suicide After Being Forced to Marry Rapist (Morocco)

March 13, 2012

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by Ximena Ramirez Amina, a young 16-year-old Moroccan girl, was forced to marry her rapist, a man ten years her senior. When her family filed charges against the man for raping their daughter a judge decided that instead of punishing the man, the pair should marry. How is that even possible?  Well there is a […]