Hamas imposes journey restrictions on single ladies

The Supreme Sharia Court docket Council within the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has imposed journey restrictions on single females, drawing sharp criticism from Palestinians and human rights organizations.

In a round issued on Sunday, the council dominated that “an single feminine could also be prevented from touring if she didn’t get hold of permission from her guardian,” who is usually her father, or in some circumstances her personal son.

“Her guardian might forestall her from touring if there’s absolute hurt in her journey or if there’s a lawsuit requiring a journey ban,” the council dominated.

The council additionally dominated {that a} baby over the age of 18 could also be prevented from touring by one in all his mother and father or his grandfather “if his journey might end in absolute hurt.”

The ruling, which went into impact on Sunday, was issued by Sheikh Hassan al-Juju, Chairman of the Supreme Sharia Court docket Council.

The Palestinian Unbiased Fee for Human Rights (ICHR) criticized the ruling and referred to as on the council to withdraw it as a result of it “violates the dignity of ladies.”

ICHR mentioned that the round discriminates between Palestinians residents on the premise of gender.

The Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor mentioned that the journey restrictions imposed on single men and women within the Gaza Strip “clearly violate the Palestinian Fundamental Legislation and related worldwide conventions, in addition to the best to journey.”

“The Supreme Council of the Sharia Judiciary ought to revoke the current judicial round since its provisions contradict the ideas of the legislation and assured proper of the individuals to journey,” the group mentioned in a press release.

“The ruling authorities within the Gaza Strip ought to guarantee the appliance and respect for human rights ideas and chorus from issuing discriminatory directives that violate related home and worldwide legal guidelines.”

The Palestinian Authority’s Chief Justice of Palestinian Sharia Courts, Mahmoud al-Habbash, mentioned that the ruling violated the teachings of Islam. “Palestinians should not certain by the round issued by the Gaza-based council,” he mentioned.

“Proscribing private and non-private freedoms with out a official justification is a transparent violation of the spirit of sharia, and an assault on the rights assured by Islam,” al-Habbash argued.


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