Petition Calls on King Mohammed VI to Allow Castration of Pedophiles

Rabat – Following the tragic story of the little boy Imran who was subject to a sexual and physical abuse, a Moroccan mother launched an online petition on Avaaz.org addressed to King Mohammed VI, calling for the adoption of the death penalty against pedophiles.“I am a mother and I am traumatized after what happened to the little boy Imran,” wrote Ghita B., the author of the petition.“I do not feel safe in my country. I am afraid for my son, for all children. I want every pedophile who abuses a little angel to be sentenced to death, and make an example for other inhuman pedophiles,” the mother added. The petition has garnered already 1,652 signatures.Crimes of solicitation of minors and their sexual abuse are punishable with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison under the Moroccan Penal Code.However, La Coalition Contre les Actes Pedophiles (the Moroccan Coalition Against Child Abuse) said in its annual report on pedophilia in Morocco, published last November, that the number of reported child abuse cases in 2015 reached 935, an increase of 10 percent compared to 2014 (850 cases).Khalid Cherkapoui, President of the Coalition, reportedly said that most of the court rulings against convicted pedophiles in 2015 were light.“Most of court rulings against convicted pedophiles were between one year and four years in jail… Some pedophiles were even released, due to lack of evidence,” Cherkaoui said.The four-year-old boy, Imran, was subject to a brutal assault last week by a sixteen-year-old homeless boy, who raped him, and threw him in a deserted place in Hay Hassani, Casablanca, before the authorities found him in terrible condition.Moroccan media reported that King Mohammed VI ordered the transfer of the little boy to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital in Casablanca to receive the necessary medical care. read more

UN troops in Liberia work to prevent crossborder violence from Côte dIvoire

Aiming to prevent the spread of recent instability in Côte d’Ivoire , the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is conducting exercises along the border between the two countries, officials with the world body said today.The measures also are intended to reassure the population in the area of UNMIL’s ability to maintain security throughout the country, UNMIL said. Elite Irish and Swedish troops, which comprise UNMIL’s most mobile force, are carrying out the border exercises. On Friday, the head of UNMIL, Alan Doss, was in the area with a number of senior Liberian officials. They were briefed by the troops, who are formed in a “Quick Reaction Force.” The Quick Reaction Force is conducting extensive around-the-clock patrols along a 300-kilometre stretch of the densely forested and hilly border utilizing tracked all-terrain vehicles, armored personnel carriers and four wheel drive jeeps. UNMIL helicopters are supporting the Quick Reaction Force by operating air reconnaissance missions as well as inserting troops into remote areas not accessible by roads to conduct foot patrols.Intensive contact is maintained with the local population to gather information about the possible existence of weapons in the area and to detect if there have been any attempts to recruit Liberian ex-combatants to fight across the border.UNMIL said local people have “warmly received” the troops and have told the patrols they feel reassured by their presence. Speaking to journalists who accompanied the delegation, Mr. Doss said UNMIL would not want the insecurity in Cote d’Ivoire to undermine the hard-earned peace in Liberia. He emphasized that UNMIL would continue to provide the security environment necessary for the new Liberian Government to get on with the business of rebuilding the country after decades of violence and instability. Mr. Doss also stressed that UNMIL would continue to maintain a robust military presence in Liberia because “without security there cannot be stability, and without stability there cannot be development.” While in the southeastern Liberian town of Fishtown, the delegation was also briefed by UNMIL’s Chinese Engineering Battalion about its extensive efforts to rebuild Liberia’s road infrastructure. The unit has already repaired more than 700 kilometers of road, constructed numerous bridges and culverts. The contingent will soon repair the bridge connecting Fishtown and Harper to open up the area to commerce and development. read more