Egypt: Postpone the 15 December referendum on the draft Constitution

                  
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Equality Now has just issued an Urgent Alert calling on the President of Egypt to postpone the referendum on the Constitution set for 15 December. As references it makes to the supremacy of Islamic law (Sharia law) can be widely interpreted, if approved, it could restrict and severely undermine women’s and girls’ rights. Equality Now and our partners are calling on the President to delay the referendum to allow for proper consultation.

Very few women were part of the Constitutional Committee which drafted the new Constitution, and the last female member resigned in protest in November. There was no transparent process for review and debate of the full draft before it was sent to President Morsi at the end of November.

Please join us by calling on President Morsi to postpone the referendum on the Constitution set for 15 December. Urge him to employ an inclusive and transparent process of review and development of the Constitution and to ensure that all provisions clearly protect and promote the equal rights of all Egyptians, in both the spirit of the revolution and in conformity with Egypt’s international obligations. 

Dear Mr. President,

We are deeply concerned about the current draft of the new Egyptian constitution which could restrict and severely undermine women’s and girls’ rights if approved by popular referendum on 15 December 2012. We therefore join Egyptian women and men in urging you to postpone the upcoming referendum on the Constitution.

We are particularly concerned, as are women and human rights organizations in Egypt, about ambiguities in the text and the lack of guarantees of equality of women with men. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has also voiced her concerns about both the process of developing a new constitution and its current content.

In support of those in Egypt who are campaigning to ensure that women’s rights are protected and promoted under the new Constitution, we urge you to ensure an inclusive and transparent process of review and development of the Constitution, and that all its provisions clearly protect and promote the equal rights of all Egyptians, both to reflect the spirit of the revolution and in conformity with Egypt’s international obligations.
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794 Fri Dec 14 21:43:20 EST 2012 Nanette Snider Haslett, MI , US
793 Fri Dec 14 18:41:30 EST 2012 Kathryn Devine BRISBANE, QLD , AUSTRALIA The rights of all Egyptians must be a foundation stone of the new Egyptian constitution. For that to occur, the recognition of, protection of and promotion of equal rights for all must be a core part of More....
792 Fri Dec 14 16:22:36 EST 2012 Peter Sloan KINGSCLIFF, NSW , AUSTRALIA
791 Fri Dec 14 12:54:02 EST 2012 Anonymous Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA
790 Fri Dec 14 11:53:43 EST 2012 Kayleigh Walters Tarpon Springs, United Kingdom
789 Fri Dec 14 11:30:41 EST 2012 Cynthia Verhulst tamworth, ON , Canada
788 Fri Dec 14 10:03:21 EST 2012 Jen Fullem Folcroft, Select a state , US
787 Fri Dec 14 09:50:43 EST 2012 Maureen Jones Nottingham, Select a state , GB
786 Fri Dec 14 08:04:39 EST 2012 Deirdre Munro London, ot , United Kingdom
785 Fri Dec 14 05:56:50 EST 2012 noel Population Media Center - Kenya Nairobi, KENYA
784 Fri Dec 14 05:37:56 EST 2012 Naomi Reid London, United Kingdom
783 Fri Dec 14 04:05:36 EST 2012 Nusrat Shirkat Gah #2 Lahore, PAKISTAN
782 Fri Dec 14 02:46:41 EST 2012 Mary Neilson Glasgow, ot , United Kingdom I prayed for the Egyptian people as they bravely stood up to oppression and took back their country. Now I am praying even harder that this fight was not in vain. To restrict the rights of any members More....
781 Fri Dec 14 02:06:30 EST 2012 Mary Piper Bristol, United Kingdom
780 Thu Dec 13 23:52:04 EST 2012 Dawn Kosec Austintown, OH , US
779 Thu Dec 13 22:10:17 EST 2012 Catalina Pazmino Bologna, ITALY
778 Thu Dec 13 22:08:24 EST 2012 Rochelle Holland Auckland , NZ
777 Thu Dec 13 21:39:41 EST 2012 Walter Ballin Chico, United Kingdom
776 Thu Dec 13 20:40:24 EST 2012 Susan Saliga Waukesha, WI , US
775 Thu Dec 13 20:03:24 EST 2012 Temidayo Fasehun Thornton, IL , United States
774 Thu Dec 13 17:59:41 EST 2012 paula golden mena, AR , US
773 Thu Dec 13 17:56:59 EST 2012 Leonarda Martino Bologna, IT
772 Thu Dec 13 17:53:20 EST 2012 Jeanne Thatcher Chico, CA , US
771 Thu Dec 13 17:49:45 EST 2012 Sophie Thomas London, United Kingdom
770 Thu Dec 13 17:19:39 EST 2012 paula golden mena, AR , US
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