Help repeal harmful laws in Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia

Morocco

In March 2012, 16 year old Amina Filali committed suicide by swallowing rat poison. She had been raped in her small Moroccan town by a man she was then forced to marry. Moroccan law allowed rapists to escape prosecution by marrying victims under age 18. In Morocco and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa, such acts are often seen to restore the ‘honour’ of the victim and her family. But Amina could not live with her restored ‘honour.’

This loophole in Moroccan law was unanimously abolished by parliament on 22 January 2014. The change in law was a significant step forward for women in Morocco. However, there is still work to be done to protect the survivors of sexual violence in Morocco. The severity of punishment for rape still depends on whether the victim was a virgin or not.

Algeria and Tunisia

In Algeria and Tunisia the law still allows rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their teenage victims. In Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco the law fails to protect survivors of sexual violence. Legal provisions relating to rape emphasize ‘morality’ and ‘decency’ rather than the personal and the bodily integrity of the victim.

Amnesty International’s campaign

Rape is one of the most extreme forms of violence against women and girls. The law, the police, and the justice system must protect women and girls. Rapists need to know that there is no way to escape prison. And victims need to be supported, rather than stigmatized.

“Amnesty’s global movement is standing with our staff and activists in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria as they report on human rights abuses and campaign for changes in the law there. They are continuing to petition, demonstrate and collect testimony just as activists globally are putting pressure the Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan embassies in their country and their own governments.” – Amnesty International

Supporting Amnesty International

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

You can call on the Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian authorities to meet their human rights obligations by adopting comprehensive laws and policies that protect women and girls against sexual violence:

https://campaigns.amnesty.org/actions/stop-making-excuses-for-sexual-violence

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