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Morocco lawyers protest covid passport requirement to enter courts

December 21, 2021 at 12:24 pm

A group people gather in the capital of Morocco, demonstrated against the government’s obligation to present a Covid-19 vaccination card for intercity travel, public institutions and entrances to other institutions, in Rabat, Morocco on 7 November 2021. [Jalal Morchidi – Anadolu Agency]

Moroccan lawyers yesterday protested against a condition to present a ‘Covid Passport’ to prove their vaccination status before entering the courts, Anadolu reported.

Lawyers gathered outside courthouses in the cities of Rabat, Casablanca and Meknes to protest the decision which they described as an “unjustified restriction of their freedoms and which contradicts the law that allows people to choose to receive the coronavirus vaccine.”

Yesterday morning, the Bar Association in the city of Agadir announced a boycott of all court sessions saying it has been surprised by a ban imposed on their colleagues from entering some courts, and a demand they show their vaccination status.

Last week, the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Council of the Judicial Authority issued a decision that entered into force yesterday which requires the presentation of a “vaccination passport” to enter the courts across the kingdom.

COVID-19 infections are increasing in Morocco, with 190 new infections reported on average each day, according to Reuters. There have been 952,814 infections and 14,809 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

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