Islamic Society, Human Rights, and the Death Penalty – Capital Punishment in Morocco

World Context

Generally about all social orders have utilized capital punishment in some measure. Today practically all of Europe, the vast majority of Latin America, and nations, for example, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada have canceled capital punishment from their law and practice. In any case, a few nations, for example, the US, Guatemala, and quite a bit of Asia and Africa hold it. There are 69 nations that still apply capital punishment and around 30 others that still have it in their law.

Current Position

In principle, Morocco holds capital punishment for normal and military violations; in any case, capital punishment has not been done since 1993. Article 16 of the Moroccan corrective code permits the death penalty for homicide, torment, equipped burglary, pyromania, injustice, departure or an endeavor on the lord’s life.


The last execution was done in 1993 on the police chief head of general knowledge, Mohammed Tabet. He was executed for utilizing his situation to assault many ladies and young ladies.

All the more as of late, there was a man condemned to death for wounding a remote couple in their home in Rabat. On June eighteenth, 2007, a Moroccan interests court maintained capital punishment. There are at present 131 individuals waiting for capital punishment, including 7 ladies. In any case, capital punishment is as yet the protected right of the lord, and King Mohammed VI has not yet marked a demise warrant since he moved toward becoming ruler in 1999.

Imperial Pardon

In Morocco, it is standard to stamp national and religious occasions with a regal exculpation of detainees. In November 2005, King Mohammed VI conceded regal acquittal and decreased sentences to 10,000 detainees to stamp Morocco’s 50th commemoration of freedom. All the more as of late, the ruler exculpated 9,000 detainees to check the introduction of his little girl (February 28, 2007). Numerous prisoners waiting for capital punishment have seen their death penalties diminished to life sentences through such illustrious acquittals.

Fear based oppression

In the present political scene, fear based oppression is viewed as the greatest snag to nullifying the death penalty in Morocco all together. In May 2003, the Moroccan parliament passed another enemy of psychological militant law, which made conventional violations qualified for capital punishment on the off chance that they are viewed as fear monger wrongdoings. By August 2005, more than 2,000 individuals had been blamed for violations identified with fear based oppression. 903 of these were given jail sentences, while 17 were condemned to death.

Current Debate

In 2003, a common substance speaking to 4 affiliations, Coalition Nationale pour L’Abolition de la Peine de Mort au Maroc (CNAPM), was made to move in the direction of the abrogation of the death penalty in Morocco. The death penalty banter, begun by Le Front des Forces Democratiques (FFD), has prompted the foundation of a commission of legal scholars to audit the Moroccan criminal code in regards to the death penalty. As indicated by Mohamed Bouzabaa, Moroccan Justice Minister, the audit is in a propelled stage and it would appear that the discussion among Moroccan legal scholars is progressively arranged towards nullification. In October 2006, it was declared that a bill for the abrogation of the death penalty would be exhibited to parliament for a vote in Spring 2007. Bouchra Khiari, agent of the gathering driving the task to end the death penalty, the FFD, says that the bill is prepared and has been submitted to the general secretariat of the legislature.

Political Positions


The undertaking to end the death penalty is being driven by Le Front des Forces Democratiques (FFD). Backing is originating from gatherings, for example, l’Union Socialiste des Forces Populaires (USFP) and Le Parti du Progres et du Socialisme (PPS). Malika Oulialy, individual from the PPS, states that the cancelation of the death penalty concerns the procedure of democratization of the nation. She accepts that it is significant for a general public to regard the privilege to life. Ahmed Kouza, individual from Amnesty International Morocco, contends that death penalty has no spot in the present Morocco as it “leaves no open doors for amendment and re-reconciliation for detainees into society.”


Protection from the bill for the nullification of the death penalty is normal from Le Parti de la Justice et du Developpement (PJD). They are the main government perceived Islamic Party, and they guarantee that capital punishment is reliable with Sharia law. Islamist gatherings guarantee that Sharia Law manages capital punishment in violations, for example, murder and infidelity.

Islam and Capital Punishment

In Support of Abolition:

Muslim advocates for annulment hold that God has made life hallowed, and in this manner the cancelation of the death penalty does not negate the lessons of Islam. Oulialy, of the PPS, says that, “Islam has precluded slaughtering. Hence, there is no logical inconsistency among Islam and a human rights culture.” Quranic support for the position: “Nobody can bite the dust aside from by God’s consent, the terms being fixed as by stating” (3:145).

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