Iranian Parliament’s Adoption of Law on Polygamy Threaten Country with Chaos: Human Rights Activist

Politics Materials 23 August 2008 14:51 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 August /corr.   Trend Т.Jafarov / Possible adoption of law draft on support to family, which is discussed in the Parliament of Iran, may bring to depravity in the society.

"In reality, this not "support to family", but the plan, which destroys the basis of family and gives way to depravity in the society," Deputy Chairman of the International Federation of Human Rights, Abdulkerim Lahiji, told Trend .

The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, presented project "Support to family" to the Parliament in August 2007. Article 23 of project envisages possibility for married men to repeatedly get married in the absence of financial problems. Moreover, the official registration of temporary marriage (shige) is not obligatory.

According to Lahiji, the protectors of the rights of women of Iran held signatures collecting campaign in order to avoid the approval of project "Support to family". Many scientific, political and cultural figures, who act outside the country, supported these actions.

According to him, signatures collecting campaign in Iran underwent the pressure of the Government. "The women of Iran gather signatures in order to avoid the approval of this project in the Parliament, but unfortunately, the Government, despite the desire of people, does all possible for its adoption," said the human rights activist Lahiji by telephone from France on 23 August.

The movements "Let us change for equality", "School of feminism", "Area of women" and also Iranian female centers, Female Commission of Student Organization "Tehkim Vehdet", Society "Mothers of world", "Union of reformist women", "Union of woman journalists of Iran", Committee of human rights of the student organization of Iran, Committee of human rights of Iran and other organizations gathered 2,200 signatures against the project.

The Nobel laureate of the world 2003 Shirin Ebadi stated that if the Parliament of Iran approves the project "Support to family", she will begin sedentary action in front of the Parliament.

Ebadi is sure that the project will bring to depravity in the society. 

According to Lahiji, the supporters of Ahmadinejad, making up majority in the Parliament of Iran, will vote for the project.

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