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"Mr President, I feel that this whole report – for which I thank Mrs Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou – lacks something, that there is a taboo throughout, that there is a word it avoids mentioning. I understand the sensitivity of the subject but, if we do not mention this word, we will not be able to address the root of the problem or cooperate with groups of women who are fighting in these countries for their freedom. The missing word is ‘religion’, in other words Islam and the political abuse of Islam by the ruling power. The key obstacle to the emancipation or liberation of the women in these countries – as was the case for a long time in our own countries – is the equivalence of religion and politics, an equivalence which makes the provisions of the Sharia the sole legal basis for laws on the situation of women in those countries, and this is becoming increasingly the case. None of this is mentioned in the report, and I understand the difficulty, but I also fear that our reticence will not help the groups of women in those countries who, unaided, are courageously starting to raise the issue of separating religious and political authority. The most important laws on women are those making up what is known as civil law. Well then, all those laws which codify – and I repeat – codify discrimination against women are, albeit in different forms – directly applying the interpretation of the Koran. There are women there fighting for the separation of powers, there are women fighting for the Koran to be brought up to date. None of this features at all in the report, where the effects are listed but the cause is not addressed. I regret this, for I feel that we are lagging behind them."@en1

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