Monday, April 06, 2009

Juridics: Afghanistan: World scream against Shi-ite Sharia Law on women

Washington Post's excellent report, "Afghan Law on Women Brings Societal Conflict Onto World Stage," by Pamela Constable (Apr5,2k9):

the legal repression of Afghan Shiite women has created a global uproar, bringing condemnation from Western governments and U.N. officials, just as Washington and NATO are debating their military and economic commitment to Afghanistan and the faltering war against Islamist insurgents.

Critics charge that the new Shiite Personal Status Law, signed last week by President Hamid Karzai, would enshrine the rights of Shiite men to sexually enslave their wives and keep them imprisoned at home. Western leaders have compared the law to the Taliban era of 1996 to 2001, when Sunni extremists ruled Afghanistan and banned women from work and school.
What is not mentioned in the report had been broken the day before, in "Afghan Law That Legalizes Rape Poses Problem for Obama and Clinton" (Apr4,2k9, Fox News).

-- Lawt

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