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Feb. 17, 2021, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"A series of events in the past few weeks have again highlighted the injustices being committed against women in the name of Islam in Pakistan. Recently, the three accused of raping an 18-year old woman at Jinnah’s Mausoleum were set free by a court in Karachi. The court refused to entertain the DNA evidence, which reportedly proved the guilt of the accused, and gave the accused the benefit of the doubt because the victim could not produce four eyewitnesses to the rape. Weeks later, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) decreed that the DNA evidence in the absence of four righteous men as witnesses to rape is not sufficient for...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

“A German state has banned the use of burqas in school, saying that the full-face Islamic covering does not belong in a free society. Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany announced the ban on Tuesday. The state has already banned the use of such coverings for teachers. State Premier Winfried Kretschmann said that it was rare for school girls to wear burqas but that a ban was required for the exceptional cases. The new rule will apply to girls attending primary and secondary schools in the state” (para. 1-4). “Kretschmann added that such coverings, which are usually worn by conservative Muslim women and girls, do not belong in a free society, although...more
Jan. 2, 2021, 7:07 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

“In Monday’s legal ruling, Judge Peter Murphy took steps to accommodate the defendant in the case, a 22-year-old London woman who cannot be named for legal reasons. She will be offered a screen to shield her from public view while giving evidence. But the judge said that her face had to be visible to him, the jury and lawyers. If she fails to comply with the order during the trial, she could be jailed for contempt of court. Talat Ahmed, chairwoman of the Muslim Council of Britain’s Social and Family Affairs Committee said in a statement that “recent events will once again generate controversy when in fact what we really...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"A landmark consensus agreed by Islamic scholars (Ulema) regarding the waiting period for ‘half-widows’ to remarry in four years will have an unprecedented impact on the lives of Kashmir’s forgotten survivors" (para 1). "While widows are entitled to some compensation under civil law, half-widows are uncertain about their future and are entitled to compensation only on production of death certificates. Under Islamic jurisprudence, a widow with children gets one eighth of her husband’s property. A widow without children gets one fourth. A half-widow gets nothing. A half-widow, till her husband is declared dead, is also forbidden under customary laws from remarrying. State law dictated that a woman has to wait...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The jail put Casias in chains a year and a half before the passage of the First Step Act in December 2018, a federal law that prohibits some of the most punitive measures against prisoners, including shackling of pregnant women. But the recently enacted federal legislation fails to protect women in state prisons and county jails – a population that accounts for 85% of incarcerated women in America, according to a 2018 report by the Prison Policy Initiative. This means thousands of pregnant inmates remain at the mercy of guards who can choose exactly how to control their every movement – as well as the movement of their unborn children"...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Meir Kin, the new husband, has been divorced for more than seven years, under California’s civil law. But he has refused to give his previous wife the document known as a “get,” as required by Orthodox Jewish law to end a marriage. In the eyes of religious authorities, the woman he married in 2000 is what is called an agunah — Hebrew for chained wife. Without the get, the woman, Lonna Kin, is forbidden under Jewish law to remarry" (para 3).
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Local courts shall have jurisdiction to deal with cases involving the following acts of domestic violence and, within the limits of their ordinary jurisdiction under Part IV of the Customary Law and Local Courts Act [Chapter 7:05], to issue protection orders in respect thereof— (a) emotional, verbal and psychological abuse referred to in section 3(1)(c) and defined in section 3(2)(c)(i), (ii), (iii) and (iv); or (b) economic abuse referred to in section 3(1)(d) and defined in section 3(2)(d)(i) and (ii)" (15).
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:44 p.m.
Countries: Colombia, Peru, Venezuela
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Colombia, Peru and Venezuela recognize the authorities of indigenous peoples and state that they may exercise functions according to their own law, provided that they are not contrary to the Constitution, national law, fundamental human rights, and/or public order" (12).
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:35 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:34 p.m.
Countries: United States, Uruguay
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:34 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:24 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The Equal Opportunities Commission Act (2007) provides a legal basis to challenge laws, policies, customs and traditions that discriminate against women, as well as the National Equal Opportunities Policy; "
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:20 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1, CONST-LAW-1

The article 33 (6) of the Constitution “prohibits laws, customs or traditions which are against the dignity, welfare or interest of women”
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:16 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned that such customs and practices perpetuate discrimination against women and girls and are reflected in the disadvantageous and unequal status in many areas, including in education, public life, decision-making, marriage and family relations, and the persistence of violence against women and harmful practices, including polygamy, early marriages and the bride price. It is further concerned that, to date, the State party has not taken effective and comprehensive action to modify or eliminate stereotypes and negative traditional values and practices" (para 19).
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Dec. 21, 2020, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"The Committee is also concerned at the resurgence of adverse cultural norms, practices and traditions in the State party. It is concerned that such attitudes and practices perpetuate discrimination against women and girls as reflected in their disadvantageous and unequal status in many areas, including in employment, decision-making, marriage and family relations, and the persistence of violence against women" (para 24).
Dec. 21, 2020, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Dec. 20, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Bahraini law is complex; a mixture of royal decrees, Civil and Criminal Codes, as well as Sharia law (a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. It is derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the hadith)" (3). "Perhaps, the most important laws relating to gender equality in Bahrain, are those referred to as Personal Status Laws. There is no unified personal status law in Bahrain that covers matters such as divorce and child custody so that Sharia judges have discretion in such matters. This means that Personal Status Laws are upheld by Sharia courts, and encompass a wide range of gender-based issues that can...more
Dec. 3, 2020, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

“[T]he Constitution recognizes customary law as part of the State party’s law, and hence customary law and the formal justice system exist side by side” (3).
Dec. 3, 2020, 12:28 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Arbiters of disputes and administrators of formal and informal laws come in various forms throughout Sudan, depending on ethnic, religious and political factors. Judicial courts are provided for under both statute and customary law while informal community practices also rely upon local chiefs, known as Sultans, to resolve disputes between community members. Indeed, '(t)he judiciary relies greatly on popular justice for solving disputes through methods of conciliation and the application of tradition'. Customary laws generally consist of non-state dispute resolution systems that are usually based upon local customary, traditional or tribal systems of justice. Given Sudan's ethnic and religious plurality, customary laws and practice are diverse, differing from tribe-to-tribe and...more
Nov. 30, 2020, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Nov. 30, 2020, 8:34 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Art. 15 - It remains deeply concerned, however, at the preservation of the dual marriage regime that applies in the State party and the discriminatory provisions that persist in the laws relating to marriage, divorce and nationality that deny women equal rights with men. It is also concerned at the lack of free choice of adjudication between Syariah Court and family court. Art. 33 - despite some of the steps taken by the State party to harmonize Syariah law and civil law, Muslim women still cannot enjoy equal rights with men with regard to family, marriage and divorce, including with respect to their right to marry, which depends on permission...more
Nov. 23, 2020, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"S 27: (4) Subsection (1) [prohibiting discriminatory laws] shall not apply to any law so far as that law makes provision— ... (e) for the application in the case of members of a particular race or tribe or customary law with respect to any matter to the exclusion of any law with respect to that matter which is applicable in the case of other persons S 170: (2) The common law of Sierra Leone shall comprise the rules of law generally known as the common law, the rules of law generally known as the doctrines of equity, and the rules of customary law including those determined by the Superior Court...more
Nov. 23, 2020, 6:34 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"It is also concerned that other statutory and customary norms that discriminate against women remain in force, in particular those contained in: (a) Section 8 (1) (b) of the Chieftaincy Act, which permits disqualification of women as candidates for chieftaincy election based on tradition; (b) The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act No. 12 of 1972, which provides for different minimum ages for men and women to qualify as jurors; (c) Customary law pertaining to marriage consent and women’s right to inheritance" (Article 10).
Nov. 23, 2020, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Nov. 23, 2020, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Unwritten customary law remains applicable as long as it has not been replaced by written laws, is not inconsistent with the Constitution, laws and regulations, and does not violate human rights, prejudice public order or offend public decency and morals" (51).
Nov. 20, 2020, 9:40 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

The law itself is discriminatory (CODER COMMENT)
Nov. 20, 2020, 9:39 p.m.
Countries: Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Nov. 20, 2020, 9:23 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Art 139: Principles and rights of the jurisdictional function are the following: (8) the principle of not failing to administrate justice, despite of legal gap or deficiency. In such case, the general principles of law and customary law must be applied. Art 149: Authorities of peasant and native communities, in conjunction with the peasant patrols, shall exercise jurisdictional functions at territorial level in accordance with customary law, provided they do not violate the fundamental rights of the individual. The law provides for the way of coordination of such jurisdiction with justice-of-the-peace court and other instances of the Judiciary."
Nov. 20, 2020, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Art 65: The right of Indian peoples to participate in the political, socioeconomic, and cultural life of the country in accordance with their customary practices, the Constitution, and the national laws, is hereby guaranteed."