Imlil murders : Feminist associations denounce the «barbaric act»

Three days after authorities in Imlil discovered the bodies of Louisa and Maren, two Scandinavian mountaineers, feminist associations emphasized the need of eradicating ideas encouraging terrorism, and protecting women in public spaces.


Louisa, a 24-year-old Danish citizen and Maren, a 28-year-old Norwegian, were found dead near Imlil./Ph.DR
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Five feminist associations reacted on Thursday to the killings of the two Scandinavian tourists currently investigated by the authorities. Speaking to Yabiladi, these organizations «strongly denounced the heinous crime that violates human rights and those of women».

«This terrorist acts contradict all universal instruments, laws and conventions known to humanity and to all cultures, civilizations and religions», indicated these associations, which did not miss the opportunity to send their condolences to the families of the victims, showing their compassion to them and to the Danish and Norwegian people.

These associations which included, the Union of Women's Action (UAF), the Moroccan Association on Combating Violence against Women (AMVEF), Jossour Forum des Femmes Marocaines, The Federation of Women's Rights Leagues (FLDF) the Civil Coalition for the Implementation of Article 19 in the Moroccan Constitution have all signed a document to highlight their demands and ideas.

Women are the most targeted by violence

These associations took the opportunity to call on governmental departments in charge of the question to shoulder their responsibilities when it comes to protecting women. They have urged the public authorities to protect women in public spaces, insisting that «they are the most vulnerable and can be targeted to different forms of discrimination and violence, including acts of extremism».

The signatories launched urged the government to «tackle the causes of terrorism and extremism, spread through ignorance», particularly in schools, society and through media.

For the record, Danish student Louisa Jespersen and her Norwegian friend Maren Ueland were found dead, Monday, in their tent 10 kilometers away from Imlil, the starting point for treks to Mount Toubkal.

Authorities have managed to arrest the four suspects who pledged allegiance to ISIS one week before the killings.

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