Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest and most powerful political organization, has lashed out at a United Nations charter on women’s rights, saying that the principles laid forth in the global document are not part of Islamic tradition.
At the heart of their antagonism towards the charter, which aims to safeguard women’s rights in all UN countries, was a mention of guaranteeing LGBT rights for all, including lesbian and transgender women.
“It contains articles that clash with Islamic principles and its basics mentioned in the Quran (Islam’s holy book) and in Islamic traditions,” a Brotherhood statement on Wednesday said.
“It eliminates Islamic values, and seeks to destroy the family … which would lead to social disintegration.”
The statement continued to urge women’s rights groups not to be “lured by phony calls for civilized behavior and by misleading and destructive processes.”
Overall, the charter has received much praise, and despite the dissension from Egypt, Iran, Russia and others over the inclusion of LGBT rights, is likely to go forward.
The goal of the document is to ensure mechanisms are in place that deliver rights to women away from sexual violence.
In Egypt, the Brotherhood and its President Mohamed Morsi, have done little to curtail the rising tide of sexual violence and rape that have occurred regularly at protests and demonstrations across the country.
LGBT issues are also contentious in Egypt, where a majority of the Muslim-strong country do not accept gay people within their religious beliefs, much like the Catholic Church.