Wehbe Opens ‘Universalism and Privacy’ Debate Regarding Family Code Amendment
Global and local discussions are being revived about the human rights system in Morocco in the context of the traditional polarization between “conservatives” and “modernists”, the development of a “family code” and the possibilities for each side to achieve ideological benefits are discussed. that he considers passing or keeping it a priority.
This time, the discussion about “local global” did not come from associations or personalities, after Minister of Justice Abd al-Latif Wehbe raised the issue of imposing his concepts on Islamic societies at the Fifth Southern Program conference in Lisbon.
Wehbe returned to the concept of the family, believing that the Western perception of it should not be imposed on Islamic societies, with the need to respect the characteristics that characterize each society, and also warned about the transformation of the conflict from humane to political between countries.
Saida al-Idrisi, an activist, considered what Wehbe mentioned to be “dangerous and taking place in the context of the discussion of the Family Code”, believing that it “violates the constitution and negates the international conventions that Morocco has signed and confirms their superiority over national conventions.” “.
Al-Idrisi added in a statement to Hespress that “these statements are populist in nature and affect democracy in the country”, refusing to see the Western system as imposing or imposing things on Morocco.
Abd al-Ilah al-Khudari, head of the Moroccan Center for Human Rights, recorded the existence of contentious human rights issues, the fate of which cannot be connected with the statements of politicians or ministers from here or there, “because they are connected with the whole of society and its fate, with its religious values and guidelines,” he added: “Here lies the crucible of division between universality and specificity in matters of human rights.”
Al-Khudari explained in a statement to the Hespress newspaper that “all countries, including those that claim the universality of human rights, do not give up some features that are associated with their peoples, their values, beliefs, history. and political interests.
In Morocco, many human rights issues are raised from time to time, including laws governing inheritance, the abolition of the death penalty, the law criminalizing Ramadan’s public breakfast, and other issues, according to Al-Khodary, adding: ” In fact, there are issues that need to be revisited.”
The same spokesman pointed out that “much of the ongoing debate is fueled by anti-social agendas and values, especially as the wave of contempt for the true Islamic religion has risen significantly in recent times; Therefore, it should be remembered that the balance of human rights in every society is based on the balance between individual rights and general rights.
The Moroccan jurist argues that this balance, “if disturbed, may affect public peace, and from this point of view it is necessary to open a wide public discussion on controversial issues of human rights, especially taking into account the opinion of the High Scientific Council on inheritance, for example. , as it is an institution that has the right of jurisdiction over all matters of “legitimacy”.