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Former Iranian MP Blasts Majles for Scraping "Gender Equality" from Rights Bill

Source: Radio Farda Newsroom

August 20, 2004 - "No religion can deny the need for justice and equality among all people," reformist former Majles MP Fatemeh Rakei tells Radio Farda's broadcaster Golnaz Esfandiari, blasting the conservative Majles for scratching a provision that called for "gender equality" from a bill on protection of women's rights.

"All major divine religions, especially Islam, want to establish justice, and it is impossible to believe in inequality and discrimination among the individual human beings," she adds. The conservatives who voted to scrap the provision believe in "their own version of Islam, which believes physical differences justify legal differences," she says. "Their justifications are contrary to common sense, logic and even Islamic norms," she says.

The women MP voted to keep the provision, which had been previously approved by the Majles, but Ms. Rakei criticizes them for not standing up to defend their belief and urge others to join them.

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