Published March 13, 2013
| Associated Press
CAIRO – Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood has sharply criticized a U.N. draft document on violence against women as "deceitful," saying its articles clash with Islamic principles and undermine family values.
The group, from which Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi hails, called on other Muslim nations, women's groups and Islamic organizations to reject the document, which is expected to be endorsed at the end of a meeting of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women this week.
The Brotherhood's statement Wednesday says the document propagates sexual freedoms, advocates the use of abortion and equates sexual assault by a stranger with assault by a spouse.
It called on women groups not to be "lured by phony calls for civilized behavior."