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Afghanistan: President Karzai blocks law protecting perpetrators of domestic violence

Headline Title:  Afghanistan: President Karzai blocks law protecting perpetrators of domestic violence 17 February 2014  Amnesty International commended President Hamid Karzai’s decision not to sign the draft Criminal Procedure Code, which would have denied justice to victims of rape, domestic violence and under-aged and forced marriage. The law was a threat to progress made on women's human rights, and the President’s veto is welcome.   The draft code passed by the Afghan parliament last month included a new provision which would have prohibited relatives of the accused…

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