The CNDH announces the creation of a dedicated working group

The National Human Rights Council (CNDH) has announced the creation of a “working group on the proposed revision of the Family Code”, responsible for initiating reflection and a pluralistic debate between the different national jurisdictions. , with a view to drawing up a memorandum presenting an overall vision for reforming the Family Code and remedying its legal voids.

A press release from the Council indicates that through the creation of this group, which is part of the CNDH’s strategy based on the effectiveness of rights, it intends to raise issues related to the provisions of the Family Code, in adopting an approach to family issues, the rights of women and children.

It is also a question of formulating proposals capable of strengthening the effectiveness of rights with regard to the Family Code and related laws, and ensuring the achievement of equality and non- discrimination.

The working methodology of the group, it is emphasized, is based on a participatory approach based on the exchange of visions and the enrichment of reflection and discussion on the provisions of the Code and the means of harmonizing them with international conventions. and constitutional provisions that enshrine gender equality.

Highlighting the Board’s sustained action to “advance the rights of women and girls”, CNDH President Amina Bouayach noted that “Since 2019, we have organized a national campaign to abolish the legal provision for the marriage of underage girls”.

IThe Council also presented its opinion on the law, criminal procedure and civil procedure related to the rights of women and girls, and exposed the problematic elements related to the Family Code during the General Assembly last October, she said.

And to add that “we have adopted selection criteria for the members of this group, including multidisciplinarity, field work, competence and commitment (…) through which the Board seeks to submit proposals for amendments that guarantee compliance with human dignity and allow him to make the most appropriate choice for his life and ensure the best interests of the child”.

The working group on the proposed revision of the Family Code, whose work is coordinated by Malika Benradi, includes the president of the regional commission for human rights in the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, Soulma Taoud, CNDH members Zahira Fountir and Nezha Guessous, as well as Zhor El Horr, coordinator of the national mechanism for the protection of the rights of people with disabilities.

The working group also includes Latifa Jbabdi, member of the executive bureau of the Union de l’Action FĂ©minine, Jamila Kermouma, vice-president of the Federation of Women’s Rights Leagues, Amina Lotfi, president of the Democratic Association des femmes du Maroc and its vice-president, Atifa Timjerdine, in addition to teacher-researchers Hassan Rahhou and Mohamed Sassi.

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