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Cleric: Parliament's approval of bill allowing Iran to join convention banning discrimination against women a mistake of MPs

Interim Friday Prayer Leader of Tehran Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said that the approval by Majlis of a law that would pave the way for Iran to join the Convention Banning Discrimination Against Women was due to the MPs' lack of familiarity with the subject, IRNA reported.

Speaking to thousands of pious worshipers at the central campus of Tehran University, the prominent alim added: "I heard President (Khatami's) cabinet was opposed to the idea of presenting the bill to parliament from the very beginning."

"But all the same," added Kashani, "had the people's representatives been careful enough in tackling the various dimensions of that bill, the resulting decision would not have been made."

He added: "The articles in that convention include phrases that would render the attachment of any condition to its acceptance quite meaningless."

Judging the convention to be unIslamic and against the rules of humanity, the Friday prayer leader said: "Yielding to the articles of that convention would be tantamount to ignoring the rules of justice and humanity as far as relations between the two sexes are concerned. This would not only endanger Islam but mankind as a whole, particularly the "foundation of families."

Cleric voices opposition to Iran's adherence to women convention

Representative of Velayat-e Faqih and the leader of Friday payers in Yazd Ayatollah Mohammad ali Saddouqi said the Convention on Discrimination Against Women was against the lofty principles of Islam, IRNA reported.

Ayatollah Saddouqi said the convention would have been a source of great concern for the religious families and faithful if Iran had accepted it as the convention clauses flout Islamic rules and are in contrast with the Islamic instructions and tenets.

Neither the senior religious jurisprudents nor the Constitution would agree on the content of the convention, added the cleric while speaking to a gathering of the worshipers in the congregational Friday prayers of Yazd.

Any bill of law that is thought to undermine the lofty tenets of Islam should be rejected, he said adding that the parliament would do better to try to approve laws that would promote the Islamic values and alleviate the problems facing the nation.

Iran's parliament ratified July 23 a bill authorizing Iran's membership in the Convention on Discrimination Against Women.

The related draft was drawn up through the efforts of Iran's Foreign Ministry in 1995 and was approved by the cabinet in 2001.

The Guardian Council (GC) on Tuesday rejected the Majlis bill on Iran's joining the UN convention on women's rights saying it was against the Constitution and Islam.

GC Spokesman Ebrahim Azizi said "the bill has not determined the authority to recognize discriminations against women so that any comments could be made on that".

He added that the convention in many cases is against the Sharia, and that the signatory parties are obliged to fully implement its contents that involve those cases.

"Once Iran signs the convention, it will be obliged to accept its contents in cases that are against Islamic rulings. Therefore, the council voted the bill as against the Sharia," Azizi said.

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