Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Immoral, in any culture

We are propping up a government in Afghanistan that is becoming more and more oppressive. Now that we have finally stopped the steady deterioration of civil rights in the U.S., isn't it time to speak out against eliminations of freedoms in countries we are responsible for?

Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which "legalises" rape, women's groups and the United Nations warn. Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August.

In a massive blow for women's rights, the new Shia Family Law negates the need for sexual consent between married couples, tacitly approves child marriage and restricts a woman's right to leave the home, according to UN papers seen by The Independent.

"It is one of the worst bills passed by the parliament this century," fumed Shinkai Karokhail, a woman MP who campaigned against the legislation. "It is totally against women's rights. This law makes women more vulnerable." [...]


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