Sunday, May 11, 2008

Morocco legalizes morning-after pill

Good on them. The decision was made by the Minister of Health, Yasmina Baddou, who looks like a pretty cool lady. I'm glad Moroccans are at least making strides in women's rights, if not Sahrawi rights.

You know who's probably pretty pleased about that? Alex at Broken Rubbers, the source for birth control news.

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:39 PM

    Despite generous provision of internationally donated humanitarian aid in the form of food and medicines, there is a 35% malnutrition rate, since the Algerian-backed Polisario sell the aid on the markets of North Africa and purchase weapons instead. Baby milk, water and food is used to reward compliance within the camps to ensure conformity with the Polisario's regime.

    Denial of freedom of movement and trafficking of children
    Many Saharawis would like to leave Tindouf, but cannot. Those who express such a desire find their family members have been moved to other camps and/or their children sent to Cuba. This effectively ensures that they remain in the camps, as hostages, and that they continue to comply with the Polisario's regime and dictats, while waiting and hoping to be re-united with their spouses and/or children.

    This contravenes Articles 11, 19 and 35 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    Under the auspices of the United Nations' confidence building measures, visits between family members detained in Tindouf and their families in Morocco have been undertaken, but the Algerian-backed Polisario leadership never allow more than one family member to leave for a short visit, thereby ensuring that the family member will return to Tindouf.

    A few Saharawi Refugees managed to escape from the camps this summer (2007) and described the hardships and brutality which exists in the camps. They attest to the corruption of the Polisario leadership and their use of food, particularly baby milk, water and basic foodstuffs, as a means of extortion and exploitation

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  2. Anonymous9:42 PM

    The Minister of Health, Yasmina Baddou, looks like she needs a lot of those pills.

    However, Saharawi human rights are still a sour pill to taste in Morocco.

    As for the previous anonymous don't worry about Saharawis see what you can do for the poor Moroccans under the rule of tyrant and absolute Monarch Mohamed VI.

    Charity starts at home.

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  3. Ah, that's not a pleasant thing to say about Yasmina Baddou. I'm glad she's helping Moroccan women avoid unwanted pregnancies.

    Anonymous 2, you're right that it'd be sweet if Morocco could be as progressive in political liberties as it is in women's reproductive rights.

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