The Executive Office of the The Moroccan Citizenship and Human Rights League (LMCDH), as a human rights organization holding consultative status with the United Nations, has followed-up the decision of the Saudi authorities to abolish the punishment of flogging pursuant to a legal document issued by the Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia. Such document confirms that this decision has been made within the framework of the “reforms and developments achieved in the field of human rights in the Kingdom under the guidance of King Salman bin Abdulaziz and under the direct supervision and follow-up of HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman”.
Since LMCDH Executive Office considers this move as a continuation of a comprehensive approach towards a substantial development of human rights in the Kingdom and a systematic policy by the Saudi leadership, based on an insightful plan by HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aimed at abolishing flogging as a form of torture and replacing it with imprisonment and/or fines, the Office wishes to stress the following positions:
To praise this wise decision to combat and eliminate torture, especially that Saudi courts are now bound to implement this principle and not to violate it in any way;
Toconsider the decision as part of a substantial development of human rights after allowing Saudi women to enter football fields, ending a decades-old ban on women driving, and providing Saudi women with an opportunity to travel abroad without a guardian’s permission, as well as canceling the separation of women in restaurants;
Todenounce all campaigns of misinformation and distortion led by media outlets seen as propaganda mouthpieces for the enemies of every achievement made by the Kingdomand aimed to restrict human rights development at the level of civil, political, economic and social rights,now proceeding at a clear and consistent pace;
To correspond with international human rights agencies in order to highlight this brave and historic decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Rabat on April 26, 2020
National President: DRISS SEDRAOUI