United Nations Tells Morocco to Decriminalize Abortion

GENEVA, November 10, 2004 ( - The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) concluded a review on Morocco’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), demanding that the mostly-Muslim nation “liberalize” its abortion laws. The UN committee composed of 18 UN human rights “experts” issued its recommendation on November 5.  The UNHRC report says, “The Committee notes with concern that abortion remains a penal infringement in Moroccan law except when used to save the life of the mother.”  The committee recommends Morocco “should ensure that women are not obliged to carry their pregnancies to term when that is incompatible with the obligations rising from the Covenant (articles 6 and 7) and to liberalize the provisions relative to the interruption of pregnancy.”  See the UNHCR document (in French only)   jhw

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