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Name :Nadia Yassin
Period :1958 -
Biographical detail : A feminist out to tackle Moroccan taboos.

Nadia, daughter of Moroccan’s main opposition leader, runs the women’s section of al-adl wal-Ihsan (Justice and Charity), an association that is tolerated by the government although not allowed to operate as a political party. She condemns her country’s government for ambivalent human rights record failing to match the rhetoric.

She advocates, based at Rabat, greater religiosity and insists that Islam emboldens, rather than subdues, women. In history, she says, women played important roles that were blessed by the Prophet (PBUH).

Morocco became the first Arab state to create a Justice and Reconciliation Commission, which documented the disappearances and torture of political activists under the king’s father, Hasan bin Muhammad (1929 – 1999). The commission recommended wide-ranging judicial and security reforms. But, much to the chagrin of pro-democracy activists, its mandate did not include naming those responsible for the abuses nor bringing anyone to justice.
 (Compiler : M. Nauman Khan)


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