After nearly a week of public silence, Simcoe-Grey MP and Minister for the Status of Women Helena Guergis issued comment late Friday on the controversy swirling around a new Afghan law that would allow men to legally rape their wives. Guergis, who travelled to Afghanistan during her stint as deputy Foreign Affairs minister over the last two years, sent the Enterprise-Bulletin a comment on the situation by email.
"My record and involvement with the women of Afghanistan is clear," Guergis said in the email transmitted by a member of her staff. "I am deeply concerned with several provisions of the law and Canada has made its position clear -- we call on the Afghan government, in the strongest terms, to honour its human rights treaty obiligations under internationa law particularly the respect for the equality of women."
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