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Latest items for PW-PRACTICE-2

Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4, MARR-DATA-2, PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1

"He [Chechnya’s dictator Ramzan Kadyrov] advocates polygamy as the solution when women run foul of traditional law, saying it is 'better to be a second or third wife than to be killed'. Though he officially bans under-age marriage and bridal abduction, cases of local security servicemen forcing very young girls into marriages, and as second or de facto temporary wives have been reported"(para 16)
June 21, 2017, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-LAW-1

"Under paragraph 2, the foreign party may be denied registration for citizenship if there is satisfactory evidence of the following:...The foreign party was convicted in another country of an indictable criminal offence involving 'moral turpitude.' Bigamy and polygamy would qualify" (para 12, 16). This indicates that polygyny and bigamous living situations are not legal in the Bahamas (MLFD - CODER COMMENT)
June 16, 2017, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

N/a, polygyny is legal in Oman (MLFD - CODER COMMENT). "Polygamy in Oman is, well, acceptable by most men and rejected by most women. You might find the practice common to some families and rejected by others. Personally, I would love it if it were illegal. But –and that’s a big but – you cannot ask to change God’s laws" (para 2)
June 16, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"Thus, in reality...some polygamous Malaysian men abrogate their responsibilities as breadwinner by choosing wives with high earning potential. The first wife might have had primary schooling, the second could have completed secondary education, the third holding a diploma. Each subsequent wife being better qualified than the last brings in more money. Shrewd men value education" (para 6)
June 16, 2017, 12:05 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"Bigamists, when they do get prosecuted (and if they are foreign, before they get kicked out of the country), are usually prosecuted for cheating social welfare" (para 12)
June 16, 2017, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"But if an informant calls the police to say you are 'bigamists'- it doesn’t matter if she is ok with it or not. The case will be investigated and prosecuted independent of the parties" (para 11)
June 16, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-2

"The only chance a wife has to stay in Switzerland should her husband or ex husband get expelled because of bigamy, is if her kids were born and raised here and relatively old (adolescence) and her financial situation is absolutely spot on. If the kids are young the authorities just say that they are young enough to adjust to life in their own country...Sometimes, if the wife is too quick in getting a job and supporting the family and becoming financially independent, the Swiss authorities rule that she is resourceful and smart enough to make it happen back home, too" (para 10)
June 16, 2017, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1, PW-PRACTICE-2

"If you and your husband get divorced, whichever spouse brought the other to the country is the only one to stay, and of course you both go if hubby is a “bigamist.” So in Switzerland there is no musical chairs of divorce and remarriage to regularize everyone’s situation. It happens, but only succeeds once out of a hundred or so failures. If you get divorced one month after the 5 year deadline required for a C permit, they DO CHECK AND WILL REVOKE YOUR C PERMIT AS NECESSARY" (para 9)
June 16, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"If you are naturalized man through marriage and you have children born from another woman while married to the Swiss woman who gives you citizenship and the authorities find out, THEY WILL STRIP YOU OF YOUR SWISS CITIZENSHIP AND KICK YOU OUT OF THE COUNTRY if they even have the tinest suspicion of complicity on the part of the “other woman.” These children from a prior or concurrent marriage, no matter if you divorce amicably from the Swiss wife, will NEVER have the right to any kind of visa, residence permit and most definitely NOT citizenship in Switzerland if they try to get it through you" (para 6)more
June 16, 2017, 11:46 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-LAW-1

"If you are naturalized man who is Swiss through marriage and you contract a second Islamic marriage while being married to the Swiss wife who “naturalized” you and the authorities find out about it, THEY WILL STRIP YOU OF YOUR SWISS CITIZENSHIP AND KICK YOU OUT OF THE COUNTRY. The legal reasoning behind stripping you of your citizenship is that you came about the citizenship illegally because you broke your oath to your spouse, and you broke the oath to the commune, the canton and the country to abide by its laws and polygamy is against the law" (para 5)
June 16, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"Muslim immigrants who come to live in Europe often bring along their extended families, which may contain two, three and even four wives, and all of their offspring. Such families average up to 15 people, which means that up to half a million of France’s 60 million inhabitants, a significant section of the entire population, may be living in polygamous families" (para 5)
June 15, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

n/a because polygyny is legal
June 15, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"Polygyny is legal but is practiced only by a small minority of Muslim men" (23). Since polygyny is legal, this is n/a. (MLFD - CODER COMMENT)
June 15, 2017, 1:49 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-DATA-1

"It is estimated that between 2.5% and 3% of all Muslim marriages are polygamous and the practice is more prevalent in the states of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan" (para 9)
June 15, 2017, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Iran, Turkey, Uganda
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-3

"In countries as diverse as Turkey, Iran and Uganda, anti-polygamy campaigners are struggling to stamp out the practice, whether legally sanctioned or traditionally approved" (para 10)
June 14, 2017, 5:19 p.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-3

"Polygyny was practiced" (para 91)
June 14, 2017, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-3

"Polygyny was practiced" (para 86)
June 14, 2017, 2:52 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia, Turkey
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"It is as unacceptable, and far less prevalent, than having an extra-marital affair. Polygamy is illegal in Turkey and Tunisia and is put at 3% in Egypt according to official figures" (para 9)
June 14, 2017, 2:43 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"Polygamy is legally permitted in most Muslim-majority countries. However, polygamy is not tolerated in Tunisia and in Morocco polygamy is subject to a judge’s authorization and to strict legal conditions" (para 3)
June 13, 2017, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"In Gokce, at least, the arrival of the internet means that the practice is certainly not going to decrease. On a recent afternoon, Hasip Yildirim was sitting in front of a computer screen, holding simultaneous online chats in Arabic with three Moroccan women who he was hoping to introduce to some locals. Huddled around him were a group of curious boys, munching away on sunflower seeds" (para 21)
June 13, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-3

"Many of the men in Gokce...practice polygamy, which, although officially outlawed in 1926, endures throughout Turkey's impoverished and predominantly-rural southeast. In the past, the village's Arabic-speaking men used to hop across the border to find a second wife in Syria. But the arrival of the internet in the village has changed that. Since Yildirim opened his cafe two years ago, Gokce's men have started looking for wives online, where -- thanks to Turkey's growing clout and visibility in the Middle East -- Turkish bride surfers are suddenly seen as quite a catch by women in the region. 'Everyone's coming to the internet cafe now to find a wife,' said cafe-owner ...more
June 13, 2017, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"It is possible to state that for Turkmenistan the so-called bigamy is traditional. It is known that in Turkmen society marriage between a young man and a girl is usually concluded on the agreement of their parents. Few dare go against the will of their parents. Therefore, it happens that a man has one wife that he “was married” to and the second wife that he selected himself. Such a situation is normal for the present-day Turkmenistan: a man lives for two families. In both of them his children grow, who, as a rule, communicate with each other, go to one and the same school and have one and the ...more
June 12, 2017, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

N/a; polygyny is legal in Uganda. (MLFD - CODER COMMENT)
June 9, 2017, 6:20 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"Living together without fulfilling the legal or customary procedures is not encouraged but is socially tolerated and is becoming very common, particularly in urban areas. In the long run, these unions become acceptable to society but have serious implications for legal and inheritance rights and customary obligations" (11)
June 9, 2017, 4:44 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"She asked the delegation to provide clarification on the definition of polygamy in Uzbek legislation, which appeared to say that if a person had not ceased to have one marriage, but entered into another marriage, such action did not constitute polygamy. Also, reports indicated that the majority of Uzbekistan’s population did not consider polygamy a crime" (para 51)
June 9, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-DATA-1

"Despite a legal prohibition of early marriages and polygamy, these practices are becoming more common...De facto, polygamy continues and remains socially acceptable; there are no known cases which have resulted in punishment. According to Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights (MAHR), economic factors and men's ability to support more than one spouse result in polygamous unions being more common among men with high salaries, such as businessmen and government officials. MAHR reports that as many as 80 percent of policemen have two wives" (para 43-44)
June 9, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

"Second, the Marriage and Family Law of 1959 declared polygamy illegal...The provisions outlawing arranged marriages and polygamy proved very successful in changing those cultural practices. Such practices dramatically dropped in the years following the ratification of the 1959 law" (96)
June 9, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2

n/a polygyny is legal.
June 8, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-LAW-1

"Although polygamy is prohibited under statutory law, it is authorised under cus- tomary law and continues to be practised in rural areas" (2)
June 8, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-LAW-1

"But such marriages are not that common any more with most couples preferring the monogamous marriages that fall under Chapter 5:11 of the Marriages Act. However, that has not stopped men from getting more women through unregistered unions. Wealthy men for instance will pay lobola, buy the women houses, cars and then have children. These women remain behind the scenes for years and the official widow will only know about their existence when the man dies" (para 22-25)