Egypt, October 15 – Human Rights Watch (HRW) was appalled by the latest Egyptian constitution draft, explicitly citing articles on women and children that do not criminalize marrying off girls not of age.
"The article on human trafficking in the previous draft strictly outlawed slavery and trafficking of women and children but the new draft only forbids violating women's and children's rights, which is a very sinuous interpretable term that fails to designate the specific crime," HRW watchdog Heba Murayef told radio Sawa.
She also spoke on basing women's rights on the Islamic sharia saying it is not in line with the international economic and political calculus and agreements signed by Egypt.
Islamic sharia stipulates that women inherit half what men do and in court, a man’s testimony is equaled only by the accounts of two women.
HRW called on the Constituent Assembly to revise the published draft and take into considerations the aforementioned matters.