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Recommendations for Morocco

STATEMENT, 2 May 2017

Mr President

We commend Morocco for their work in the area of Human Rights and the improvements made by Morocco since the previous UPR, including the reinforcement of the role of the National Institutions of Human Rights and the harmonisation of the National Legal System with the International Law.

Norway commends Morocco for the amendment of the article 475 of the penal code (regarding the marriage of a minor by her abductor) and for having started the process of adopting the Law on Violence against Women. We recommend Morocco to implement the law swiftly.

We recommend Morocco to revise the Family Code to prohibit polygamy and marriage of minors as well as guaranteeing equality between men and women in inheritance matters and in right to guardianship.

Norway recommends Morocco to ensure that the procedures governing registration of civil society organizations, including organizations advocating for the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination, are in conformity with international standards.

We recommend Morocco to consider ratifying the Second Optional protocol to the ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) on abolition of the death penalty.

Norway recommends Morocco to consider ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and fully align its legislation with all obligations under the Rome Statute.

Thank you

Advance questions

1. Could you please elaborate on the procedures granting civil society access to participate in the formulation of draft legislation, such as the law 103-13 on violence against women?

2. Will Morocco consider withdrawing reservations on Article 2 and 15 in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)?

3. Concerning media freedom, will the Moroccan government consider publicizing the sources of media funding?

4. How does Morocco ensure that procedures for registration of civil society organizations are in conformity with international standards?