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Protest outside of Kabul University: Update on Family Law in Afghanistan

April 15, 2009
Afghans protesting against new Shia law outside of Kabul University (courtesy: http://english.aljazeera.net)

Afghans protesting against new Shia law outside of Kabul University (courtesy: http://english.aljazeera.net)

About ten days ago, I reported on the new Shia law in Afghanistan signed by President Hamid Karzai that discriminates against women. Karzai believed that the media was misinterpreting the law but because many human rights activitists and political figures from all over the world (including the U.S. where President Obama declared the new law as “abhorrent”) are condemning the law, it is now being reviewed by the Afghani government. It has just been reported, by Al Jazeera English, that many Afghans protested this law by holding a rally outside of Kabul University. Protesters are chanting:

We don’t want a Taliban law, we want a democratic law and we want a law that guarantees human dignity.

To read more about the protest reported by Al Jazeera, click here. And to tell President Karzai what you really think about the new family law, click here.

3 Comments
  1. April 15, 2009 6:39 pm

    There are more pictures of this at http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/04/more-scenes-from-frontline-in-battle.html

  2. Emily permalink*
    April 16, 2009 9:47 am

    Those are pretty awesome photos. I love the photo with the female police officers.

  3. alicia permalink
    April 18, 2009 10:47 am

    In a recent CNN article Karzai said that he and others were unaware of the provision to legalize rape within marriage because the legislation “has so many articles.” (http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/16/afghanistan.law.karzai/index.html?iref=newssearch).
    Sounds to me like yet another striking indication by yet another world leader that women’s rights are considered ancillary to “real” laws and rights.

    On a more upbeat note, this is a great article about Afghan men’s involvement in securing women’s rights: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-as-afghan-men-womens-rights,0,909973.story

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