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Latest items for IAW-LAW-1

Oct. 26, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1

"The frail looking 45-year-old woman [widow] has no documents to prove her rights to her husband’s property in the ancient town of Sankhu"(para 3)."She [Lily Thapa, chief of Women for Human Rights] said many widows lacked documents to claim their dead husband’s property"(para 9)."[Lily] Thapa says several discriminatory laws and policies have been amended in recent years. For example, a widow who remarries no longer needs to return her deceased husband’s property"(para 27)
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

Article 38: Shared marital property ends with the termination of marriage. The estate is divided equally between spouses upon separation or between the survivor and the heirs of the deceased in case of death. ( WROLUCFW: P9) Intestate Succession: 1987 Civil Code, Act 59, amended with Decree-Law 140 in 1993: Articles 517 to 519: The surviving spouse receives the inheritance together with the descendants or the parents of the deceased. The surviving spouse receives a portion equal to that of descendents/parents. If there are no descendents/parents, the spouse is entitled to receive the entire inheritance, and if one of them should die during the process of divorce, the survivor retains ...more
July 6, 2017, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, CONST-LAW-1

"Even though Tanzania's constitution guarantees equal rights to own property, customary law which often takes precedence, especially in rural areas, states that widows have no right to inherit from their husbands" (para 4).
July 5, 2017, 10:07 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LO-LAW-1, ATDW-LAW-1, ADCM-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1

"similar to other customary land regimes in Africa, land is always in the name (and control) of male members of the family. Describing the practices in their home areas, displaced women in Somaliland explained that all land and property belonged to the men; “a married woman cannot own land.” Generally, women were also unable to inherit land, and the few that reported receiving an inheritance said that it could not be in the form of land. Their testimony corroborates other observations from southern Somalia: [I]n terms of inheritance practices in southern Somalia at least, Besteman reported that “contrary to Islamic practice, when a man died, his widow and daughters had ...more
July 5, 2017, 10:04 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1

"Notably, key Islamic legal materials generally support women’s right to acquire, hold, use, administer, and dispose of property. Sait explains: Muslim women—unmarried, married, divorced, or widowed—have extensive independent rights to property under Islamic law and human rights. There is explicit recognition in the Koran of women’s rights to property acquired through purchase, inheritance, mahar (property transferred to the wife from the husband as security for marriage), and other transactions. There are no restrictions on the property a Muslim woman can purchase out of her earnings, on the gifts she may receive from her natal family or her husband’s family, or on the endowment she may enjoy as a beneficiary of ...more
July 5, 2017, 10 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LO-LAW-1, ADCM-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1

"The Provisional Constitution for the Federal Republic of Somalia, the Constitution of Puntland, and the Constitution of Somaliland, are all based on and cannot contravene Shari’a; thus, Islamic rights and a significant part of customary norms as pertains to women’s HLP rights are the same throughout the country. These include family laws (in particular laws related to marriage and divorce), inheritance laws, and land and property laws. Such laws determine who has control over assets, who has the ability to make economic decisions in their own name, and who can own, administer, transfer or inherit property. In general, all three constitutions affirm women’s rights to equality before the law, the ...more
June 12, 2017, 2:39 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"...the threat to the communal lands intensified in 2004 when it signed the Morocco Free Trade Agreement with the United States. The agreement increased the economic incentive to privatize and develop traditional lands. About 35 percent of Morocco’s land is designated as Sulaliyyate, the Interior Ministry says. In 1919, while Morocco was still a French protectorate, management of the land was transferred to the ministry from the tribal authorities, with the idea of discouraging migration from rural areas to the cities. Under this system, while people did not own the land, they were given the right to work designated plots and take their share of the harvest. Shares in the ...more
May 11, 2017, 10:57 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAW-LAW-1

"The Committee is further concerned that laws governing inheritance of property often prevent widows from inheriting farms in the event of their husband’s death” (14).
April 21, 2017, 11:32 a.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

“When a woman is widowed, she may inherit from her husband only if she has written permission from her late husband’s family” (482).
March 7, 2017, 6:17 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

“CAR [Central African Republic] family law does not discriminate against women with regard to inheritance rights" (6).
March 7, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1

"Women can have access to land only through marriage, and can only borrow land from their husbands, not inherit it" (21).
Feb. 28, 2017, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"Women have the legal ability to own and inherit land" (3).
Feb. 28, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

“Under civil law, widows can inherit land and property; under customary law, they do not, nor do daughters” (709).
Feb. 27, 2017, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1

"According to the constitution, all land belongs to the government. Both men and women have land-use rights, which they may pass on as an inheritance. Land law varies among regions. All federal and regional land laws empower women to access government land. Inheritance laws also enable widows to inherit joint property they acquired during marriage" (29).
Feb. 27, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

“Legally, a widow inherits half of her husband’s property" (1134).
Feb. 27, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"Inheritance laws grant widows only one-eighth of a late husband’s estate" (525).
Feb. 27, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"Women can legally inherit property" (421).
Feb. 27, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"Although they [the husband's family] are usually expected or required to allow the widow (and her daughters until they marry) to continue living in the home, there is no legal apparatus for enforcing this” (426).
Feb. 27, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Comoros

"Male heirs may receive up to two-thirds of an inheritance” (305).
Feb. 27, 2017, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

“Legally, women have equal rights of inheritance" (185).
Feb. 27, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

“Customary law continues to govern much of the country, and such laws ban women from owning property and prevent them from inheriting land from either their husbands or their parents” (160).
Feb. 27, 2017, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"Under civil law, a widow is allowed to inherit 15 percent of her late husband’s estate” (1221).
Feb. 23, 2017, 6 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

“The law provides for equal treatment of women with regard to ... inheritance” (39).
Feb. 23, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"Both the civil code and traditional law favor men over women in real and personal property rights and inheritance. Under traditional law, women become members of the husband’s family and do not have any rights to inheritance. Primogeniture applied to traditional inheritance with the oldest male child receiving the inheritance" (24).
Feb. 10, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"1845 Equal inheritance rights for women and men are introduced" (4)
Feb. 9, 2017, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"Yet widows are entitled to live on their late husband's land until they die, and their children, not the in-laws, are the legal heirs, she said" (para 17).
Feb. 2, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"According to UNICEF, many widows were unable to inherit their late husbands’ property because the law states that, in event of a death in which there is no will, the husband’s children, even those born out of wedlock (provided that they were officially recognized by the father), rather than the widow have precedence with regard to inheritance" (28).
Jan. 24, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"For instance, women and men do not have an equal share in inheritance, as a man equals two women under Tunisia's Personal Status Code" (para 17).
Jan. 23, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"The Egyptian parliament is considering a move to ensure rightful heirs — including women — get their inheritances. Six months after Egypt’s government amended the inheritance law to punish anyone who deliberately denies an inheritance to those entitled to it, parliament is discussing additional amendments. A draft law would create a judicial body specifically tasked with actually restituting inheritances to their rightful heirs. A 2010 survey of 200 Egyptian women showed that 59% of them did not receive any inheritance, and women in Upper Egypt, in particular, do not dare to demand their rights in inheritance" (para 1-3). "In Upper Egypt, customs and traditions prevent families from assigning agricultural lands ...more
Jan. 4, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

“Under sharia law as applied in the country, female heirs receive half the amount that male heirs receive. A sole female heir receives only half of her parents’ estate, with the balance going to designated male relatives, whereas a sole male heir inherits all of his parents’ property” (32).