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Legal Debates and Developments in the Middle East

Andrea Büchler


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Afghanistan

16/3/2007

Afghanistan: Marriage contract approved by

the Supreme Court of Afghanistan

After years of lobbying by networkers and

activists, a standardized 'nikahnama‚

(marriage contract) has been approved, with

the potential of curbing forced and child

marriages.


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Bahrain

8/5/2009

Bahrain: Opposition to minimum marriage

age of 15

Lawmakers from the largest opposition bloc

in the Bahraini Parliament are opposing

setting the minimum marriage age for girls at 15,

saying this is against Islamic principles.


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Egypt

15/6/2008

Egypt: Law limits age gap between

Spouses to 25 years

The Egyptian authorities have banned a 92

year-old man from marrying a 17-year-old

girl, the Egyptian al-Akhbar newspaper has

reported.


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Morocco

23/8/2006

Morocco: Women's advocates push men to

recognize paternity

Single mothers in Morocco suffer severe

legal and social stigma. To offset those

disadvantages, a longtime advocate is

pushing to use the country's new DNA paternity

law to help women identify the fathers.


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Saudi Arabia

13/5/2008

Saudi Arabia: Young woman married at 10

years old must pay for divorce

A 23 year old woman, forced to marry at ten

in Saudi Arabia, was ordered to pay the

equivalent of 16,750 euros to obtain a

divorce from her husband, according to

Saudi daily al-Watan.


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Iran

8/3/2008

Iran: Iranian man to pay wife a 124,000

Rose dowry

An Iranian court has ordered a man to give

his wife the 124,000 roses that he promised

in her dowry, after she filed a complaint to

claim it, reports say.


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North Africa

24/11/2009

North Africa: Women at forefront of legal reform

Women in North Africa have made tremendous

progress in promoting and upholding their rights.

Women in this region are at the forefront of the Arab

world in terms of individual rights and gender

equality, and constitute models for other Arab

women to follow. A number of lessons may be drawn

from the Inspiring experience of women in North

Africa, especially in Morocco and Tunisia.


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Kuwait

30/10/2009

Kuwait: Victories for women's rights

Kuwaiti women will be able to obtain their own

passport without the consent of their husbands,

following a ruling by the country's constitutional

court. While The Kuwaiti Constitutional Court

[official website, in Arabic] ruled that female

lawmakers are not required to wear the hijab, or

traditional Muslim headscarf.


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Mali

12/8/2009

Mali: Threats of violence greet new family

code

While rights groups are celebrating a newly

adopted family code in Mali that changes

marriage laws and expands girls’ rights,

Muslim leaders and youths have vowed, even

threatening violence, to block the code from

becoming law.


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