Libya's Grand Mufti Issues Fatwa Against U.N. Report on Women's Rights

By Susan Jones | March 12, 2013 | 9:30am EDT

Libyan women express themselves after Friday prayers at Jamal Abd Nasser Mosque next to the Green square in Tripoli, Libya, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. (AP File Photo/Francois Mori)

( - A Libyan newspaper reports that the country's Grand Mufti has issued a fatwa against a U.N. report on violence against women, urging Muslim women around the world to protest that report.

The report from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women says governments must do more to protect women and girls from violence as well as uphold women's rights and fight discrimination. It says nations must not allow religious considerations to avoid their obligations.

In a statement quoted by the Libya Herald, the Grand Mufti said he "strongly condemns" the report on women, calling it "unjust and destructive."

"The least of its danger is the undermining of family’s structure and its integrity as well as advocating immorality and indecency in addition to rebelliousness against religion and clear objections to the laws contained in the Quran and Sunnah,” the statement said.

The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women began on March 4 at U.N. headquarters in New York.

The Libya Herald reported that Libya's Fatwa Office has called on “women throughout the Islamic world to organize and stage a global protest” against the report on Friday, March 15, when it is due to be voted on.

Foreign ministers from Islamic countries have been warned not to accept the report.

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