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Tuesday 26 February 2019

Amnesty : Positive Legislative and Institutional Developments in women's rights in Morocco

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Amnesty : Positive Legislative and Institutional Developments in women's rights in Morocco

The human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) reported positive legislative and institutional progress and developments in women's rights and the fight against violence inflicted on women in Morocco in its 2018 report.

This document, which outlines the human rights situation in 19 States in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region during 2018, highlights the progress made in Morocco in the area of women's rights through the introduction of laws to combat violence against women.

Speaking on this occasion, AI director general (Morocco section), Salah Abdellaoui, who presented this report on Tuesday in Rabat, stressed that a law to combat violence against women, which came into force in September, introduces new offences and increases existing penalties in cases of domestic or family violence.

This text, he went on to say, proposes new measures to protect victims of violence during the judicial process and establishes new bodies to coordinate and complement the efforts of judicial and governmental authorities to combat violence against women.

Regarding migrant and domestic workers, Abdellaoui pointed out that progress has been made in this area at the legislative level, particularly in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon and Oman, noting that this category is subject to exploitation and human rights violations, largely because of the sponsorship system which restricts their ability to escape poor working conditions.

"In Morocco, a new law on domestic workers has entered into force. This text gave them the right to written contracts, a maximum number of hours worked, days of rest, paid leave and a minimum wage," he noted, quoting the report.

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