Islamist Leader Slam Govt on CEDAW statements

[11-11-2012 12:00 AM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - Secretary General of the Islamic Action Front (IAF) on Saturday denounced statements made by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour in which he vowed to implement in full the articles of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Ensour had vowed in statements earlier this week to review the reservations that Jordan voiced towards implementation of CEDAW.

IAF secretary general Hamzeh Mansour sent a memo to Ensour in response to the latter's statements, calling on the Premier to recant his statements or apologize for them because they "contradict the principles of our religion and Jordanian values, and threaten the wellbeing of the Jordanian family and social fabric."

Mansour noted that CEDAW is a product of a "culture other than our own, and a creed other than our own.." adding that the stipulations of the international convention "is in confrontation with our national and religious fixed principles."

Mansour added in his letter to Ensour that the articles of CEDAW were faced with wide opposition from Jordanians, and that the Jordanian government and other Arab and Muslim governments had also voiced reservations on a number of articles in the convention for their clear contradiction with Islamic and Arab values and principles, according to his expression.

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