Gender Inheritance Equality Sparking Controversy in Morocco

Gender Inheritance Equality Sparking Controversy in Morocco

Driss El Yazami, head of Morocco's Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (CNDH)
Driss El Yazami, head of Morocco’s Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (CNDH)

Rabat, Morocco(TMT)- The debate regarding gender inheritance equality, triggered by a report released few months ago by Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (CNDH) suggesting that women should be treated as men in matters of inheritance, is still sparking controversy.

Driss El Yazami, the head of the CNDH) said this week that he regrets that “the report was diminished to four words.”

El Yazami called the controversy and the huge wave of critics he received from mainstream Moroccans “unfair,” especially when he stressed that said report, published on October 20, 2015, “suggested the legislation of gender equality in steps.”

“All the focus was on four words which the report included, while the full report has nearly 40,832 words, and a summary of 6149 words,” El Yazami said.

“I call open a constructive debate where all stakeholders come and express their opposition to any particular recommendation the report came up with,” El Yazami added.

It is worth reminding that in the post-gaze of the publishing of said report, Morocco’s head of the government, Abdelilah Benkirane, staunchly criticized the report when saying it was in “flagrant violation of article 19 of the Moroccan constitution.”

“Driss El Yazami must justify his opinion with evidence accepted by the Muslim community,” Benkirane said when criticizing said report.

“Mainstream Moroccan will not accept such suggestions. El Yazami is adding more fuel to the fire.

“El Yazami should withdraw his remarks and apologize,” Benkirane back-then said

The Moroccan Times.