Lawyers warn of the fate of “work demands”

Fears for the fate of a person with disabilities who has been on a hunger strike for more than a month, expressed by human rights defenders, given the alarming evolution of health denounced by his companions in the sit-in.

Yassine Bouamlat, head of the local branch of the National Association of Unemployed Graduates in Morocco, began a hunger strike in July demanding the “right to work”, before the matter landed him at the Ibn Bajja Hospital in Taza.

In an urgent statement, the Unemployed Certificate Holders Association called on all “relevant authorities and institutions” to “find solutions to the problem of unemployment and save disabled youth from the clutches of loss,” while stressing the need to open a “serious dialogue”. “with the unemployed, and “empowering them in their just and legitimate right” at work and a decent life”.

And Nabila Mounib, MP from the United Socialist Party, had previously sent a written question to Abdel-Wafi Laftit, Minister of the Interior, about the “hunger strike of the unemployed in Tahleh”, among which it was said that “the authorities faced with indifference and disinterest the serious and legitimate demands of young people with disabilities”. This situation was also condemned by the branch of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights in Taza, in a protest in the city.

Khaled Al-Bakari, a human rights activist, said that “the question of the right to life in the universal human rights system is the highest among rights, even if all other rights are equal; This implies that the preservation of this right is essentially the responsibility of the State. For example, on the subject of suicide, if the authorities find out that a person is on the way to commit it and do not interfere, then this makes them responsible for the person’s suicide, and therefore, some legally developed countries provide sanctions for suicide attempt, executed after having saved him, because the matter is directed to the right to life, even though the matter falls within the scope of freedom of choice and his life”.

Al-Bakari continued, in statements to Hespress: “In the event of a hunger strike, the responsibility of the authorities is to guarantee the physical safety of the striker, through medical support, and this is found in the universal human rights literature. , including what Morocco has ratified, so blood pressure and blood sugar should be measured daily. It is the responsibility of the authorities to preserve the right to life of the person by doing everything necessary to stop the hunger strike, as long as pressure, violence and forced feeding are not used.”

The human rights activist added: “So the intervention must be by opening a dialogue with the strikers, listening to them and trying to find solutions to end the hunger strike.” , and there is indifference and there is not even listening, and there is no dialogue with them, and there is no medical intervention to preserve their physical safety, here the responsibility lies with the authorities”.

For his part, Aziz Ghali, president of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, said: “It is inconceivable that a person went on a hunger strike for a month and the authorities, elected or not, still did not open a dialogue with the Association of the Unemployed to find a solution, and the ‘Mr.’ it’s dying”.

Ghali added: “There is an unemployed person on hunger strike in Tahila, and there are unemployed people in Tadla who participated in a sit-in more than a month ago and engaged in a series of hunger strikes. Therefore, at the central and regional level, the Ministry of the Interior, since it has the main responsibility within the framework of the government, must open a responsible dialogue with the Unemployed Association to prevent this from happening, so that a tragedy does not occur” .

The same human rights defender recalled “what happened in Fez, after a strike that had been suspended for a long time, after which several tires were intervened and the hunger strike was lifted, but the City Council of Fez retracted all the promises what he had done.” he commented: “This increases despair among young people who see no horizon.”

Ghali then added: “For a person to get to the point where for a job he goes on a hunger strike for a month, with his health reflected on him, and the confusion in memory that appears now, in the light of the heat stifling current. , in this there is a great tendency to perish, and the local authorities are as if they were on vacation without interaction. At least we should sit down to dialogue and find what is possible to solve this issue.

The head of the most prominent human rights associations in the country believes that the report of the High Commissioner for Planning issued this Friday is “the greatest condemnation of successive employment policies in Morocco; Demonstrate that the more you study and take more certificates, the higher the potential for unemployment, up to 61 percent, which is a very high number, knowing that this does not include workers in fragile fields, or those who they work at jobs. far from his specialization.”