Afghan Shia Family Law Could Be Just the Start

The head of Rights and Democracy says more laws affecting women's rights are on the way, and the Karzai government's handling of the debate will spell volumes about the country's direction.

Embassy Photo: Jeff Davis
Rights and Democracy president Rémy Beauregard warns the Afghan government’s handling of the Shia family law will speak volumes about the direction the country is headed.
Janeen Yusuf
Published: Wednesday, 04/22/2009 12:00 am EDT

When the news broke several weeks ago that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had approved a law that would limit the rights of Shia women in the country, NATO leaders were meeting in France to celebrate the military alliance's 60th anniversary.

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