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05 April 2009

Afghan Law on Women Brings Societal Conflict Onto World Stage

from washingtonpost.com by Pamela Constable

In the past few days, 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.

[I'm not a particularly enlightened guy, but this sounds like a raw deal. Come on Hamid, yer not gonna get what you need from Europe when you sign medieval legislation like this. - Sarge]

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