Morocco: Journalist's pardon for 'abortion' reflects societal split
Hajar Raissouni was jailed for an abortion she has always denied. Her pardon this week was a small victory for women's rights activists across the region who, despite recent gains, still face serious resistance.
Author Tom Allinson, Imane Mellouk
After Morocco's king pardoned her for the crimes of having an "illegal abortion" and premarital sex , journalist Hajar Raissouni on Wednesday made a victory sign with her fingers. The moment has come to symbolize a win for her and civil rights activists, who have campaigned for her release.
King Mohammed VI overturned her one-year sentence and conviction, which was handed down on September 30 in order to "preserve the future of the two fiancés who planned to found a family in line with our religious and legal precepts, despite the error they made," the justice ministry said.
Moroccan Journalist Jailed For Abortion Freed After Royal Pardon
By Sophie Pons
Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni who was sentenced to one year in jail for an "illegal abortion" and sexual relations outside marriage walked free on Wednesday, shortly after being granted a royal pardon.
In a case that had provoked a storm of protests from rights groups, the justice ministry said the 28-year-old woman was released on a pardon issued by King Mohammed VI.
Moroccan king pardons journalist jailed for having an abortion
Issued on: 16/10/2019
Text by: NEWS WIRES
Video by: Nicolas RUSWORTH
Morocco’s king has pardoned Hajar Raissouni, a journalist sentenced to a year in prison last month for extramarital sex and an abortion, along with her fiance, a doctor and two of his colleagues, the justice ministry said on Wednesday.
The case of Raissouni, who had denied the charges against her, outraged human rights activists who said she had been targeted for her work for a newspaper that has criticised the state, and because she is the niece of a prominent Islamist.
Stop Unsafe Abortions, Go For Family Planning
October 15, 2019
By Media Advocacy Working Group
To tackle and (stop or end) unsafe abortion occasioned by unplanned pregnancy, maternal and child health, experts have called on government at all levels to massively invest in family planning.
This they say is to enable more women and girls have access to modern contraceptive methods of their choice.
Mthatha teen in court for allegedly forcing abortion after a break-up
The court will have to determine whether the teen was within her rights to abort the baby.
by Andile Sicetsha
An 18-year-old is expected to appear before the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court, in East London, for the murder of her unborn child.
What prompted the Mthatha teen to abort the baby?
According to police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni, the teenager from Mthatha was placed under arrest, on Monday, after students from a college in the Eastern Cape town found a plastic bag containing a lifeless fetus in a campus residence bathroom.
Secret abortions spike in Nigeria with Boko Haram chaos
October 14, 2019
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kellu became pregnant after a Nigerian soldier offered her food and shelter in exchange for sex. But the destitute teenager - who lost her family when Boko Haram militants attacked her village two years earlier - did not want to have the baby.
After moving to a camp for displaced people in northeastern Borno state, where she relied on neighbours for food, 18-year-old Kellu wanted an abortion but did not know where to go - like a growing number of women since the Islamist insurgency began.
Botswana: Tshireletso Calls for Safe Abortion
13 October 2019
Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)
By Collin Ntesang
Gaborone — The Assistant Minister of Local government and Rural Development, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso, has called for formulation of policies that could promote safe abortion.
Speaking at commemoration of the International Safe Abortion Day, Ms Tshireletso called on government to come up with initiatives that could promote access to safe and legal abortion, saying many women continued to lose their lives due to unsafe abortion.
Kenya - Girls don’t run the world yet; there is still ground to cover
Saturday October 12 2019
By FAITH ONEYA
Atieno is a pitiful eight-year-old girl in Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye’s poignant poem "A Freedom Song", which is often referred to as Atieno.
She works her fingers to the bone in her aunt's house while her cousins enjoy basic rights and freedoms that she’s denied. Years later, she falls pregnant and bleeds to her death and "meat and sugar are lavished at her funeral".
Rwandan pardons 52 abortion convicts
Published on 12.10.2019
By APA News
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has signed a decree on pardoning 52 abortion convicts including those convicted for the offenses of infanticide, on the eve of the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, in a statement obtained Saturday by APA in Kigali. The statement issued from the Cabinet meeting chaired by President Kagame said the presidential pardon means that the President has exercised his power of mercy to give people another chance.
Rwandan minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye said the President finds it fitting to give these convicts a second chance.
Dangers Of Uncontrolled Population Growth
on October 10, 2019
By PATIENCE IHEJIRIKA and ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBE
With Nigeria’s population estimated to be the fourth highest in the world by 2030, government must as a matter of urgency ensure a more sustainable population growth, by increasing access to voluntary and quality family planning services.
This year’s World Contraception Day commemoration with the theme: It’s your life, it’s your responsibility” has further renewed the call for access to contraception services as well as youth awareness on use of modern contraceptives.