CEDAW: Algeria maintains reservations about articles against Sharia
APS - 26 May 2016
ALGIERS-Algeria remains attached to the reservations it expressed about articles of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) against precepts of Islam and the national identity, Minister of Religious Affairs Mohamed Aissa reaffirmed Thursday.
In response to apprehensions expressed by members of the Council of the Nation (Upper House) Hocine Saidi regarding the harmful consequences of the enforcement by Algeria of articles of the CEDAW adopted in 1996, the Minister stated that "State is aware of the sensitivity of this issue" and "reservations expressed by Algeria are maintained."
Algeria voted for this convention that includes 30 articles while expressing reservations against some articles, mainly gender equality regarding marriage and international arbitration.
"All apprehensions have been dispelled", the minister said, adding that "after twenty years since the adoption of this document, there has been no blunder like marriage with approval of the tutor or any other blunder."
The minister also highlighted "the need to support Algeria's efforts to preserve women's rights on the basis of gender equality and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms."