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June 17, 2019, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"Men can marry up to four wives and do not require consent from existing wives to marry additional wives" (Pg 15).
May 30, 2019, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"The law punishes polygamy with up to three years of imprisonment and fines, and does not penalize the women in such cases" (26).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"Men may marry more than one wife" (105).
April 24, 2019, 11:38 a.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"Polygyny is permitted for Muslim men, but is limited and strictly regulated by the Syariah Court and the Registry of Muslim Marriages which oversees Muslim marriages and other family law matter" (p. 20).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"In addition, article 20 states that no minister may conduct a religious marriage ceremony without the presentation of the certificate of civil marriage prescribed in article 28, thereby precluding polygamous marriage" (35).
April 11, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"The law prohibits sexual exploitation of children, including child pornography, with penalties of 22 to 26 years’ imprisonment" (p. 24).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"The law permits a man to have as many as four wives and an unlimited number of 'sigheh' (temporary wives), based on a Shia custom under which couples may enter into a limited-time civil and religious contract, which outlines the union’s conditions." (34).
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1, PW-LAW-1

"The family code places the family under the joint responsibility of both spouses, makes divorce available by mutual consent, and places legal limits on polygamy. Implementation of family law reforms remained a problem. The judiciary lacked willingness to enforce them, as many judges did not agree with their provisions. Corruption among working-level court clerks and lack of knowledge about its provisions among lawyers were also obstacles to enforcement of the law" (page 28).
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"The personal status code permits men to have up to four wives at the same time, but they are required to treat them equally" (page 19).
Feb. 26, 2019, 6:28 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"The bottom line is that polygamy is illegal in Canada" (para. 1).
Feb. 18, 2019, 7:08 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: PW-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-2

"The Inheritance and marital property law only applies to registered legal marriages, excluding customary and polygamous marriages. Most marriages in Rwanda are not registered and, as such, women, particularly co-wives in polygamous marriages, do not enjoy inheritance rights in practice" (1-2)
Feb. 18, 2019, 7:04 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: PW-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-2

"Common law and polygamous marriages are not recognized; thus, common law wives and junior wives in polygamous marriages do not receive the marital rights granted in the Constitution or the Succession Law" (120)
Feb. 18, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1, POLY-LAW-2

"Polygynous marriages are rare in Rwanda, but are still practiced to some extent, especially in the northern, rural parts of the country. As civil law does not recognise polygynous marriages either, women in such unions are also unprotected by the law" (91)
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"Although prohibited by statutory law, polygamy is authorised and widely practiced under customary and Islamic" (11)
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-LAW-1

"Additionally, if marriage certificates of Muslim couples do not specify the type of marriage, judges presume the marriage to be polygynous" (page 22).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-LAW-1

"Although the civil legal code does not recognize polygamy, a small minority practiced it under customary law" (Pg 19).
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-LAW-1

"While the law prohibits polygamy, traditional and religious customs permit men to have more than one wife" (Pg 17).
Feb. 6, 2019, 6:38 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"In 2011, the B.C. Supreme Court upheld the section of the Criminal Code that prohibits polygamy as constitutional and ruled that the harm against women and children from polygamy far outweighs concerns over protecting religious freedom" (para. 17). Polygamus marriages are not recognized by the state. Nevertheless, some islamic marriage / nikah are not always registered with the authorities in order to not be accused of breaking the law. (JSM - Coder comment). "(Polygyny) is an offence punishable in Canada with up to a maximum of five years in prison" (para. 38).
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the lack of progress in reforming the Personal Status Act and reiterates its concern about legal provisions that discriminate against women and girls in relation to marriage and family relations, including: The permissibility of polygamy for Muslim men" (pg. 13).
Jan. 26, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"South Korea does not permit bigamy, but while it banned its citizens from contacting North Koreans during the cold war, it provided legal protection for a second marriage in the South" (para 5)
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"The Committee also welcomes the adoption of government resolution No. 2345 to establish an interministerial committee mandated to develop a strategic plan to eliminate polygamy" (pg. 8).
Jan. 8, 2019, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"She said, 'When a man marries under the customary law, there is a potential that he may marry other wives but even when a man marries under the Marriage Act, some wives have found out that they have to share their husbands with other customary wives or even concubines. Though the marriage is under the Marriage Act, the reality is that some people will show up sometime before death or the man may decide to leave the woman in the dark until death occurs. The reality now is that polygamy is prevalent in our society'" (Para 39).
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"Article 4 of the Family Law in 2008 provides that women and men at the age of maturity must follow the principle of monogamy. The Government does not allow women and men to have more than one husband or wife, meaning that polygamy is outlawed in the Lao PDR. Article 17 provides that the invalid marriages are those that break the rule of one husband-one wife as defined in Article 4" (Pg 37).
Jan. 4, 2019, 10:06 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"In March 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recommended that Kenya , '[r]epeal all provisions in family laws, including the Marriage Act (2014), that discriminate against women and have a negative impact on their children, such as those that authorize polygamy'" (para 39).
Dec. 19, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"The first president of independent Tunisia, Habib Bourguiba, championed a landmark social code in 1956 that set a standard for the region by banning polygamy and granting new rights to women unheard of in the Arab world at the time. But even he didn't dare push for equal inheritance" (para 12).
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"Other Harmful Traditional Practices: On August 20, Haaretz reported that the justice minister and the attorney general announced that 'steps will be taken to enforce the law against polygamy,' working collaboratively with social service providers" (para 146)
Nov. 2, 2018, 8:39 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: PW-LAW-1

“Dans le but de favoriser le plein épanouissement des époux, de lutter contre les entraves socio-économiques et les conceptions féodales, la monogamie est consacrée la forme de droit commun du mariage. Toutefois, la polygamie est admise dans certaines conditions” (24). Translation: In order to foster the full development of the spouses, fight against the socioeconomic impediments and the feudal conceptions, monogamy is regarded as the common matrimonial regime. However, polygamy is admissible under certain conditions (LAR – CODER COMMENT)
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-3

"The law requires a woman’s approval of a polygynous union, but once in such a union, a woman needed neither to be notified nor to give prior consent if the man took another wife" (page 16).
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"The law permits a man to have as many as four wives and an unlimited number of 'temporary wives' (sigheh), based on a Shia custom under which a woman may become the time-limited wife of a man after a religious ceremony and a civil contract outlining the union’s conditions" (para 156)
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, PW-LAW-1

"Under personal status laws that apply to Muslims, men can have four wives, while women cannot marry without a male guardian’s permission, unless they have previously married, or else they obtain court approval to marry without a male guardian’s permission or against their guardian’s wishes" (para 42).