HCP 50 Percent of Moroccans Support Abolition of Death Penalty


Rabat – Fifty percent of Moroccans favor the abolition of the death penalty, according to the results of a survey conducted by the High Commission of Planning (HCP) on the nation’s take on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.Urban areas (47.8) supported the lethal punishment’s abolition less enthusiastically than rural areas, which garnered a 52.2 percent anti-death penalty position, Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, the head of the HCP, told reporters on Tuesday.The HCP randomly selected citizens from every region in Morocco to take the survey, which helped “the government understand citizens’ evaluation of dimensions of human development in their daily lives,” between the 1st of July and the 19th of August. Morocco has not carried out the death penalty since 1993, however courts have sentenced 122 people, including three women, to the punishment.The U.N. started a new push to implement its 17 development goals for the next 14 years at the top of 2016. The goals include ensuring every human being has access to a good education, a healthy natural environment and a peaceful and just society.The survey’s results show that 80 percent of Moroccans believe the kingdom can achieve all of the U.N.’s goals by 2030, while 50 percent of respondents said they had taken steps to improve their interactions with the environment in the past five years.Morocco has led the charge in global anti-climate change efforts, as demonstrated in 22nd Convention of the Parties (COP) held in Marrakesh last month. The kingdom is on track to source 52 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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