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mercoledì 7 marzo 2012


Il dispaccio dell'AP, ripreso ieri da diversi giornali, racconta del "codice di condotta" approvato dal Consiglio degli ulema afgani, la più alta auorità religiosa (istituzionale). Brutto segnale soprattutto l'approvazione da parte di Karzai

Hamid Karzai backs clerics' move to limit Afghan women's rights
New Islamic code would allow husbands to beat wives and encourage segregation of the sexes, Associated Press, Tuesday 6 March 2012

Afghanistan's president has endorsed a "code of conduct" issued by an influential council of clerics which activists say represents a giant step backwards for women's rights in the country. President Hamid Karzai's endorsement of the Ulema Council's document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents including the Taliban.....The "code of conduct" issued by the Ulema Council, as part of a longer statement on national political issues, is cast as a set of guidelines that religious women should obey voluntarily, but activists are concerned it will herald a reversal of the trend in Afghanistan since 2001 to pass laws aimed at expanding women's rights. Among the rules: women should not travel without a male guardian and should not mingle with strange men in places such as schools, markets and offices. Beating one's wife is prohibited only if there is no "sharia-compliant reason," referring to the principles of Islamic law. Asked about the code of conduct at a press conference in Kabul, Karzai said it was in line with Islamic law and was written in consultation with Afghan women's groups. He did not name the groups that were consulted.

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