Saturday, May 18, 2013

Law Protecting Afghan Women Is Blocked

Afghanistan's parliament has blocked a law banning violence against women in what is being seen as a serious blow to the progress of women's rights.

President Hamid Karzai approved the legislation by decree in 2009 but the country's politicians were required to endorse it.

However, a rift between conservative and more secular members of the assembly meant the debate was deferred to a later date.