Monday, April 21, 2014


Afghanistan

EU Criticizes Afghan Draft Law On Women's Rights

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EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has expressed concern about proposed Afghan legislation that rights groups say would not protect women from domestic violence and forced marriage.

Ashton said in a statement that if the bill is signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, it will make it harder to prosecute people in domestic violence and child-abuse cases.

She added that it would prevent alleged abusers' relatives from testifying in court as prosecution witnesses.

Ashton called the draft law a "serious backward step" for women's rights in Afghanistan.

The parliament passed the "criminal procedure law" last year.

New York-based Human Rights Watch called last week for Karzai to send the bill back to legislators with amendments.

A Karzai spokesman said he could not comment on the president's intentions.

Based on reporting by AFP

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