Stop incitement to murder

Monday 6 May 2013

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Source: E-jousour.

Date: 6 May 2013.

Keywords: Morocco, Rule of Law, religion, Islam, political, economic and social rights.

Signatory associations heard with astonishment and indignation the announcement by the CSO related to the change of religion to Muslim, which states that “abandoning its Islamic religion and to abjure of one’s faith to embrace unbelief entails the implementation of special juridical dispositions”. Islam does not allow (a Muslim) to get rid of his religion and of its social contract with the Nation (the Oumma, the Islamic community). In this case, according to the Fatwa “it is necessary to impose a sentence”. Sentence means death, according to CSO: "anyone, who, according to CSO, change his religion, has to be killed". We are witnessing, without any fear of being wrong, an incitement to murder.

Such announcement, spread through any process standard, defined by the Constitution, that foresee that only the King, and not the Ministry of Habices and of Islamic affairs has the power to request a Fatwa or an announcement to CSO; shows the course followed by this institution who is supposed to rule religious affairs. We have to acknowledge once again:

The lack of control of the Fatwas and of any other receipt with a religious nature, which might endanger the life of citizens of both sexes;

The lack of an explicit official reaction to such an announcement, published in an official agency, which undermines the constitutional basis of the Rule of Law;

The signatory associations are of the opinion:

-  That within the present context of political and religious confusion in many countries where Islam is the State religion, this Fatwa might ignite any fanatic to crime, when proclaiming the guardian of the Fatwa;

-  That this Fatwa or announcement goes against what is foreseen in the Constitution, both in its spirit as in its content (Article 41), since it goes into a flagrant contradiction with life, with the freedom of thought, against the primacy of international law as acknowledged in the Constitution;

-  That this Fatwa contradicts international commitments by Morocco and especially its adherence, without any reserve, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulating that “every person has the right to a freedom of thought, of conscience and of religion; said right entails freedom to change religion or conviction, as well as the freedom to express his/her religions or his/her conviction either alone or in group, both in public as well as in private, through education, practices, cult and the fulfillment of rituals ¨ [1]

-  That the freedom of cult, the freedom of conscience, the freedom of creation and the freedom of expression are endanger and are denied in this Fatwa; which is a flagrant fact given the reactions of given “guardians of faith” related to Ahmed Assid, with whom we have solidarity for the full enjoyment of his freedom of thought and expression;

-  That silence on the part of the officials constitutes an implicit support of the CSO which constitutes a flagrant violation to individual and collective rights and freedom.

Confronted with these violations, the signatories demand:

-  The respect by the Fatwas to all constitutional standards and not to contradict the principles of respect to human rights, including the freedom of conscience;

-  The establishment of juridical measures any type of use of the religion for political or ideological ends;

-  That, today more than ever before, there is the need to consolidate the marching of Morocco along a path of democracy, respect to individual and collective freedoms, political, economic and social rights.

-  That facing the appearance of retrograde forces in the whole world, even in Morocco, it is a must for democrats, defender of modernity and progress, belonging either to the civil society or to political parties, to consolidate their efforts to install a political, social, economic and cultural order which will place the country among democratic nations, paying respect to individual and collective rights for its citizens in general.

Casablanca, 23 April 2013-05-23.


1- Democracy and Modernity Collective.

2- The Transnational Morrocan Network Migration and Development.

3- Association Adala.

4- Common Memory Center for Democracy and Peace.

5- Association Rif for Solidarity and Development.

6- Alternative organization for infants and youth.

7- Democratic Labor Organization.

8- Moroccan Network for the Defense of the Right to Health.

9- Moroccan Association of Science in Nursing and Sanitary Techniques.

10- Association Women for Equality and Democracy.

11- Anti-racial group for the defense of the right of foreigners in Morocco GADEM.

12- Moroccan Authority on Human Rights.

13- Forum of Alternatives Morocco – Youth action.

14- Federation of the Democratic League on Women Rights.

15- Citizen Alternatives.

16- Association Adrar Tahla.

17- Civil Action Network -RAC.

18- Union of Development Initiatives – UNID.

19- Association of Green Oasis for Development and Solidarity Ouarzazate- AOVDS.

20- Oasis Association Women and Child for Development and Solidarity Ouarzazate- AOFEDS.

21- Associative Space.

22- Association Women of Tomorrow.

23- Forum Assada/ AlhayAlmohamadi.

24- Association Federation of Safi.

25- Development Association Network – Sidi Kacem.

26- NGO Development Forum of the North of Morocco.

27- Association ECODEL.

28- Forum Beni Zouli for Development and Communication.

29- Association of Young Lawyers Khemissate.

30- Movement for Parity Democracy.

31- Forum of Alternatives Morocco.

32- Associative Collective for the Monitoring of Elections -CAOE.

33- Alternatives Women.

34- Association Voice of Woman Amzighe.

35- Association Beni Znassen for Culture, Development and Solidarity (ABCDS).

36- Defense Committee of Human Rights.

37- Training Institute of Development Agents.

38- Development Association Network of South-East Oasis -RADOSE.

39- Youth Association of Seghanghan for Creation and Development – Nador.

40- Solidarity Hand Association for the Right to Dignity and Citizenship.

41- Association Third Millennium for Development of Associative Action to the South- East (ATMDAS).

42- Association Feminine Aspiration – Meknes.

43- Association INSAT to Struggle against Violence on Women - Beni Melal.

44- Association AL intilaka for Development, Environment and Culture Afourar.

45- Association Women Forum in Rif.

46- Association Ennakhil Marrakech.

47- Moroccan Association for the Rights of Women - Casablanca.

48- Association BeniYati for Development - Bouanane.

49- Development Association Network in the province of Azilal- TADA-AZILAL. 50- Association Tifaouine-BeniAyat.

51- Coalition for Development in BenAyat.

52- Association Feminine Solidarity in Morocco.

53- Foundation YTTO for Shelter and Rehabilitation of Women Victims of Violence.

54- Democratic Association of Women in Morocco Rabat section –ADFM Rabat.

55- Association Chouala for Education and Culture.

56- South Space – Regional Association Network.

57- Network Free Space for Citizenship, Training and Development –Mohammadia.

58- Morocco Association of Midwives.

59- Morocco Network for the Right to Information Access.

60- Association " Right to priority of patients”.

61- Forum Al Ghad.

62- Education Centre to Citizens and Human Development.

63- Morocco Association of Solidarity and Development - AMSED.

64- Initiative for the Protection of Women Rights.

65- Union of Femenine Action.

66- Association Young Researches on Social Science /Casablanca.

67- Citizenship Forum.

68- Association Network for Develoment and Democracy (RAZDED).

69- Association Movement Rihanate Citizenship - Khemissate.

70- National Institution of Solidarity with Women under crisis situation.

71- Association Jossour Forum of Moroccan women.

72- Association AMAL.

73- Moroccan Forum for Truth and Justice.

74- Association Bayt Al-hikma.

75- Assanaaannissaiya al Jadida.

76- Transparence Morocco.

[1] Artícle 18 of the Universal Declaration of Rights

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