SOLIDARITY REQUEST: MOROCCO – Moroccan journalist arrested for abortion and sex outside marriage

Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist, age 28, was arrested by six undercover officers along with her fiancé leaving a gynaecologists’ office on 31 August after being accused of “sex outside marriage” and “consenting to have an abortion”, according to Amnesty MENA region. Other media reported she was accused of actually having had an “illegal abortion”, which both she and the doctor deny. The doctor and two of his staff, and anaesthetist and medical assistant who … Continued

MOROCCO – Government Council of Morocco asked to approve a covenant about children’s rights in Islam that prohibits most abortions

In a meeting on 22 August 2019, the Government Council of Morocco was asked to approve the Covenant on the Rights of the Child in Islam, which was passed in 2005 at the 32nd session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The Centre for Studies in Human Rights and Democracy (CEDHD), a Moroccan NGO chaired by Habib Belkouch, criticised the text of this Covenant because it “does … Continued

RAWSA MENA RAPPORT – Un meeting pour lancer le réseau régional au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord

Droit et accès des femmes à l’avortement medicalisé au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord (RAWSA MENA) Renforcement des capacités et stratégie régionale de plaidoyer en matière d’avortement médicalisé:  Un meeting pour lancer le réseau régional RAWSA MENA Hotel Le Palace, Gammarth-Tunis, Tunisia, 15-16 April 2019 Les 15 et 16 avril 2019, le Groupe Tawhida ben Cheikh, en Tunisie, a réuni 17 représentants d’ONG de huit pays du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique du Nord (MENA) pour … Continued

MOROCCO – Demonstration in front of parliament calling for reform of law on abortion

The group demonstrated in front of the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat on 25 June 2019 to demand reform of the law on abortion, because it leads to unsafe, clandestine abortions and child abandonment. On the pavement, they displayed dolls bearing the inscription “Article 453”, which refers to the section of the law that punishes abortion from six months to five years of imprisonment except when the health of the mother is in danger. Their banners … Continued

MOROCCO – Action at Ministry of Health by the Moroccan Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms (MALI)

MALI is a feminist, universalist, secularist and pro-choice movement fighting for abortion rights. MALI held a protest action in Rabat in the evening of 24 April 2019. A French web TV station was there to film it as part of the 6th episode of a video series entitled “L’IVG c’est sacré” (Abortion, it’s sacred), made by a group of young women called Clit Revolution, who come from a number of different countries. The MALI protest … Continued

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