Morocco: Christian minority couple denied legal marriage now risking illegal pregnancy and receiving death threats

The Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedom calls on the Moroccan authorities for the protection of the Christian couple, Kamal Rasayen and Lubna Al Bazi, who were denied legal marriage, and are now risking illegal pregnancy and receiving death threats.

According to the Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedom, Kamal Rasayen was denied his right of marriage, when the local authorities in Tetouan city refused to sign a document (celibacy certificate) that is required to legally register marriages in Morocco. Rasayen reported he was denied this right as a reaction to his conversion to Christianity.

As a result, the couple is currently risking illegal pregnancy, which put Lubna Al Bazi, who is 3 months pregnant, under a lot of pressure after she received threats from few family members. The couple face attacks on social media which include threats by few members of their local community and family members.

 The Christian minority in Morocco might be considered as an unrecognised minority in the light of the lack of legal texts which guarantee the civil rights of religious minorities in Morocco and protect them against violations. This has led to the rise of social pressures and illegal marriages, and the failure of legally recognising their children, minimising their access to the education system and other civil services.

The Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedom is demanding the Moroccan authorities to fulfil its international commitment in relation to the freedom of religion and to work towards implementing practical steps that guarantee civil rights to religious minorities.

In addition, the Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedom is calling on the Moroccan public to take responsibility and to engage in condemning the discrimination based on religion and to advocate for legally-recognised civil rights.

The Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedoms is an emerging organisation, and was formed as a result of the Rabat Declaration of the National Conference on Religious Minorities which took place in Rabat, on the 18th of November 2017. The association is formed of members representing different religious minorities in Morocco including Christians, Shiites, Abadites and Ahmadis, and it advocates for religious minorities’ rights within the national justice system. 

Photo: First conference at the Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedom 

Credit: Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedom 

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Date: 12/06/2018

Countries:

Morocco

Categories:

Racism/Discrimination/Hate speech
Law/Legislation
Religion/Religious minorities

Press Contact Information

Name: Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedoms - الجمعية المغربية للحقوق والحريات الدينية

Telephone: 0650215938

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