Spring of Dignity Coalition Protests Moroccan Government Inaction on Violence Against Women

Rabat - On November 5, 2014, the Spring of Dignity Coalition, a joint women’s rights initiative of several progressive Moroccan organizations including WLP Morocco/L’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), called a press conference to issue a statement regarding the continued stalling of anti-violence against women (VAW) legislation, and to announce their intention to hold a protest march on that issue in December 2014. November 7 marks a full year since Bill 103-13, a potentially significant piece of anti-VAW legislation, was last debated on the floor of the Moroccan Parliament before being returned to a committee that, thus far, has yet to hold a meeting. The conference and the planned protest take place in the context of the upcoming global anti-VAW awareness raising campaign, "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence,” beginning November 25, and the upcoming World Forum for Human Rights, which will be held in Marrakesh November 27-30.

In their statement (below in Arabic and English), the Spring of Dignity Coalition, which formed in 2011 from 22 separate entities, declared that they consider themselves responsible for the outcome of “all legislation” in the field of women’s human rights. They also expressed their frustration at the fact that despite the mutual respect between the Coalition and the government built through extensive involvement in the legal reform process over the last few years, the Moroccan government has refused to move forward on this issue. The Coalition condemned the inaction as “a betrayal of the constructive gains that have been realized by the women’s and human rights movements, and a shirking of Morocco’s international obligation to guarantee those rights.”

The protest march will be held in Rabat on December 6, and will be comprised of “women and the families of women who are victims of violence and discrimination.” At the press conference, one Coalition representative also stated that they will use the convening of the World Forum for Human Rights as an opportunity to “pressure the government into fulfilling its international obligations.”

 

 

بيان مسائلة لتحالف ربيع الكرامة حول

مآل التشريعات المتعلقة بالحقوق الإنسانية للنساء

 

يستعد المنتظم الدولي للاحتفاء بحدثين جد هامين وهما الأيام العالمية لمناهضة العنف ضد النساء بين 25 نونبر و10 دجنبر، وتنظيم المنتدى العالمي لحقوق الانسان الذي ستحتضنه مدينة مراكش ما بين 27 و30 نونبر2014.

وإذ يشكل الحدثان فرصة لتقييم الحصيلة والآفاق في مجال تمكين النساء من حقهن في العدالة عبر سن تشريعات تحميهن من العنف وتناهض التمييز، فإن تحالف ربيع الكرامة، وبعد وقوفه على واقع تردي أوضاع النساء المغربيات وعلى العراقيل التشريعية التي تحول دون حقهن في الولوج الى العدالة وفي الانتصاف يسجل ما يلي:

1. رغم الانخراط الجدي لتحالف ربيع الكرامة في جل الأوراش الإصلاحية التشريعية التي أعلنتها الحكومة (منظومة العدالة- القانون الجنائي- قانون مناهضة العنف... الخ) ، ومشاركته الايجابية عبر إنجاز دراسات تحليلية نقدية للنصوص القانونية ولمشاريع النصوص، وتقديمه لاقتراحات بشأنها، إلا أن الحكومة المغربية قد فوتت على نفسها فرصة استثمار ذلك عبر اعتماد مقاربة تشاركية مبنية على التراكمات المحصلة على مدى السنوات الماضية؛

2. بحلول 7 نونبر 2014 تكون قد مرت سنة كاملة عن تداول مشروع قانون 103-13، المتعلق بمحاربة العنف ضد المرأة، في المجلس الحكومي قبل أن يعود للنقاش ضمن لجنة لم تنجح لحد الآن في عقد أي لقاء. إن واقع التلكؤ الحكومي في مجال تمكين النساء من حقهن في العدالة عبر سن تشريعات تحميهن من العنف وتناهض التمييز لا يعدو أن يكون أحد مظاهر تردي أوضاع الحريات الفردية ببلدنا، والردة عما حققته الحركة النسائية والحقوقية من مكتسبات دستورية، وتنصل من الالتزامات الدولية للمغرب من أجل ضمان تلك الحقوق والحريات؛

3. إن ربيع الكرامة، وعيا منه بالدور المخول للمجتمع المدني في مجال التتبع والمراقبة، قد ساءل بشكل مباشر أو عبر العديد من مكوناته عن مآل مشاريع القوانين المرتبطة بمجالات تدخله وطالب بالتقارير والدراسات المنجزة إعمالا للحق في المعلومة كما ورد ذلك في الدستور، إلا أن الحكومة المغربية اختارت أسلوب التجاهل من خلال عدم جواب الجهات المسؤولة على مختلف المراسلات والاستفسارات التي وجهت إليها.

واعتبارا لكل ما سبق، فإن تحالف الكرامة وهو يتابع تراجع ملف المساواة على مستوى التصور وعلى مستوى سن القوانين وأجرأة البرامج كما هو متضمن في الدستور يعلن عن عزمه تنظيم مسيرة احتجاجية مشكلة من النساء ضحايا العنف والتمييز وأسرهن بمؤازرة النسيج المدني الديمقراطي وذلك يوم 6 دجنبر 2014 بالرباط.

الرباط، 5 نونبر 2014

 

Statement by the Spring of Dignity Coalition on the Fate of Women’s Human Rights

The international community is currently preparing to commemorate two events of great importance, the international “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence” from November 25 to December 10, and the World Human Rights Forum to be held in Marrakesh November 27 – 30. As these two events form a real opportunity to evaluate the outcomes and outlook regarding giving women their legal rights by passing laws that protect them from violence and discrimination, we have formed the Spring of Dignity. We are in a situation where the deterioration of the status of Moroccan women is real as are the legislative obstacles that impede their rights to justice and legal redress, and as such we state the following:

1. The Coalition has seriously engaged with the majority of the legislative reforms (judicial reforms, reforms to the penal code, anti-violence laws, etc.) put forward by the Moroccan government. We have constructively participated in the process through critical analytic studies of the legal and legislative texts, and by offering feedback and suggestions. Despite our efforts the government has chosen to ignore an exceptional opportunity for cooperation based on mutual respect built up over the past few years.

2. The passing of November 7, 2014 marked a full year since the legislature deliberated on anti-violence against women law 103-13, before returning it to a committee that has not once held a meeting. The fact is the government is stalling the passage of laws affording women their right to be protected from violence and discrimination. Not only does this hurt individual freedoms in our country, it is a betrayal of constitutional gains that the women’s and human rights movements have realized, and a shirking of Morocco’s international obligation to guarantee those rights.

3. Because we are aware of civil society’s role in government oversight the Alliance considers itself, either alone or in partnership with other organizations, responsible for the outcome of all legislation within its prevue. We asked for studies and reports, invoking the right to information as provided in the constitution, and the government chose to ignore us and refused to answer any of our questions or concerns.

Taking all of this into account, the Spring of Dignity Coalition is working to return the issue of equality to the public and legislative spheres, and to realize our constitutional rights. We will hold a protest march comprised of women and their families who are victims of violence and discrimination, drawing from the fabric of civil democracy. The protest will be held in Rabat on December 6, 2014.

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