10 September 2012

Egypt: Calls to Remove 'Embarrassing' Article From Constitution

Photo: Daniel Finnan/RFI
Protesters in front of the Constitutional Court (file photo).

A number of Salafi (ultraconservative) members of the constituent assembly, to rewrite the constitution, and a Muslim Brotherhood member have called for the removal of Article "29" as it "undermines modesty".

The article, which falls under the "rights and freedoms" chapter, bans forced labor, slavery, women and child trafficking, prostitution and child marriage.

Meanwhile, the board of the Democratic Front Party has announced its rejection to these calls to remove the allegedly "embarrassing" article.

Secretary general of the party, Mohamed Abass, said that demands to remove the article only suggest wishes of religious forces to allow child marriage, under the excuse that the article is crippling and illegitimate.

Similarly, the party's media spokesman, Amr Aly, said that removing the article will lead Egypt into a dark tunnel of justifying child marriage and child labor.

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