The advancement of human rights in Islamic countries is perennially blocked by Sharia. It’s promoters argue that, sure, it allows for human rights, but all the “rights” one is allowed — supposedly by divine fiat — are spelled out in Sharia. Stories like this show the obvious limitations on Sharia’s respect for human rights by modern standards, and should serve as a cautionary tale for the West. “Amman accused by Islamists of “destroying the family,” from Ennehar Online, August 22:
AMMAN- The Jordanian authorities are facing a hardening of the Islamists, who accuse them of having seriously damaged the families of the country in recognizing new rights to women, including freedom of movement.
To these Islamists, a wife is at home instead, with her husband or his family members, and any attempt to change this situation constitutes a flagrant violation of family values.
The government decision approved by King Abdullah II, to lift its reservations on paragraph 4 of Article 15 of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, has had therefore the effect of a thunderclap.
This paragraph, taken from a text signed by Jordan in 1980 and ratified in 1992, stipulates that “States Parties shall accord to men and women the same rights with regard to legislation on the right of movement and the freedom to choose their residence and domicile”.
By removing its reservations on this point, “the government has violated the constitution and the country’s religion, Islam. It should be fired”, denounced to the AFP Chief of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hammam Said.
“Giving a woman the right to leave the domicile of her husband and move where she wants, will destroy their families,” he tried.
The Board of fatwas of Jordan, an authority that issues religious rulings, has also expressed its disapproval.
“Anything that contradicts the Sharia in the Convention (UN) is prohibited. A woman should not live and work as she wants because this would eliminate the sense of the word family, according to the Sharia,” he said in a statement….