Women from CHP Show Red Card to Law Draft on Muftis

A Mufti is an Islamic scholar who interprets and expounds Islamic law. They are jurist qualified to give authoritative legal opinions.

Called by the Republican People’s Party Istanbul Provincial Women’s Branch, women have answered the call by staging demonstration against the law drafting granting muftis authority to perform marriage and imposing criteria of “public morality” in acquiring citizenship via marriage.

According to them, “With granting the muftis the authority to perform marriage, the state violates principle of equality.”

The draft has been approved by the Committee on Internal Affairs has to be discussed in the General Assemble of the Parliament this week.

Read more: https://bianet.org/english/women/190719-women-from-chp-show-red-card-to-law-draft-on-muftis

The Article has finally been approved at Parliament at late session on Octo. 18.

Read more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/article-allowing-muftis-to-perform-marriages-passes-in-turkish-parliament-121108

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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