February 17, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
Experts from the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice, along with several other special groups within the UN, urged Kenya on Monday to repeal sections of the Marriage and Property Act. According to the experts, the provisions effectively deny women the right to ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to ratify a law that would partially criminalize marital rape, calling it "un-Islamic." The law was passed by the Maldivian Parliament 67-2 last month. While the law would not have criminalized all cases of marital rape, it would have outlaw it ...[read more]
November 26, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
An Israeli Rabbinical Court has ordered a woman to circumcise her son against her will or face daily fines. The ruling was issued by a three-rabbi panel after the boy's parents filed for divorce, and the father insisted on circumcision and the mother opposed. The mother argued that her son was ...[read more]
August 27, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law. House Bill 522 prevents courts from applying foreign law in divorce, alimony and child custody actions, if doing so would violate a ...[read more]
August 26, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament, approved an amendment to the Marriage Law, 2010 Monday that would grant both men and woman the ability to file for divorce on the grounds of "irretrievable breakdown" of marriage. Both parties must live apart for three years before being ...[read more]
August 26, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The Texas Supreme Court announced Friday that it will consider whether the state has jurisdiction to grant divorces to two same-sex couples who were legally married in Massachusetts. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a brief that the state would benefit from the court ruling on the issue ...[read more]
July 25, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 25, 2011, the Maltese parliament passed legislation that legalized divorce in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. The bill took effect in October 2011. This change was a result of a voter referendum that favored legalizing divorce. Malta was the last EU member state to forbid ...[read more]
December 5, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
An Israeli court has approved the nation's first same-sex divorce even though the country does not officially recognize same-sex marriage. The court ruled Sunday that the couple, who were married in Canada and live in Israel, should be recognized as married and should be allowed to sever the ...[read more]
September 26, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
A UN report released on Wednesday concludes that informal justice systems must be used as part of broader initiatives to ensure that human rights of people in developing countries are protected. The report shows that many groups of people, including women, children and minorities, benefit from ...[read more]
September 17, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
Bangladesh's personal laws governing marriage, separation and divorce overtly discriminate against women, according to a 109-page report published Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). "Will I Get My Dues ... Before I Die?": Harm to Women from Bangladesh's Discriminatory Laws on Marriage, ...[read more]

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