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U.S. and U.N. concerned about Afghan Shi'ite law | World | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - A new law for Shi'ite Muslims in Afghanistan has provoked anger among some lawmakers and the United States and United Nations said they were concerned about its impact on women's rights in the former Taliban state.

The law passed by parliament and signed by President Hamid Karzai, but not yet promulgated in the official gazette, is meant to legalise minority Shi'ite family law, which is different from that of the majority Sunni population.

Shi'ite Muslims make up about 15 percent of the population.

"We are very concerned about these reports with regard to the legislation. We ourselves are reviewing the legislation and we urge President Karzai to review the law's legal status to correct provisions of the law that ... limit or restrict women's rights," U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:50:13 PM EST
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