Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Domestic Violence Protections at Risk in Afghanistan

The NYT reports Justice for Abused Afghan Women Still Stalled.  "With the drawdown in international assistance and support, there is a real risk that any advances in women’s rights will erode, and there’s already disturbing signs of that.”

One new restriction in particular is likely to hurt: Parliament prohibited the use of relatives’ testimony in criminal cases, greatly limiting the ability to prosecute domestic violence cases, as they often hinge on family members as witnesses.


There was also an effort to codify the Elimination of Violence Against Women law, which was approved as a decree by President Hamid Karzai in 2009 but has not been passed by Parliament.


The law criminalizes domestic violence and other harmful practices, including beatings, child marriages, forced marriages, the practice of giving away a woman or girl to settle a dispute and forced self-immolation.


But the effort to pass the law through Parliament last summer nearly unraveled it altogether.

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