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New Afghanistan Law- Join the ’No’!


Tuesday 11 February 2014, by siawi3

Source: Women Living Under Muslim Laws, 11.02.2014

All of us have been following the changes to Afghanistan’s criminal prosecution code which bans relatives of an accused person from testifying against them. This law which would set an extremely dangerous precedent and set the progress of the women’s rights movement so far back, will be decided on in the next 24-48 hours according to our sources in Afghanistan.

We have been in touch with our partners over there who have been working day and night to bring this madness to a halt. We have consulted with them, and decided to start a petition albeit on a very short notice. Although we have very little time to push back against this, it is still worth amplifying the voices from within Afghanistan and the women’s rights movement that are screaming injustice!

Below is a link to the petition we have created on AVAAZ. Please sign the petition and share it, via facebook, twitter, and with your wider network,

Why this is important

The law would prohibit the justice system to question relatives of criminal defendants. It will deprive Afghan women and girls access to justice against relatives who commit domestic violence, forced them to marry or even sell them. Only the President can stop this law that has already been passed by the Parliament from being enforced.

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