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5 May 2015

In a new move that is meant to be permanent, Indonesia is to stop sending domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries. Government spokespersons point to grave human rights violations and the abuse of labour norms as being behind this move. Measures are also being taken to tighten the placement of domestic workers in the Asia-Pacific.

14 June 2015
 
The Government of Bahrain has barred women from attending mosques fearing attacks from the Islamic State (IS). Backed by the nation's religious clergy, the Government cite this move as a protection measure even though denying women the right to worship violates universal human rights standards and Islamic principles. 
 

2 December 2014

Calls for Qadhi Courts are being perceived as calls for Shairah laws, although such courts would mainly address issues that concern women's rights.

Read more via All Africa.

27 November 2014

A study on 'forced marriages and inheritance deprivation' by Aurat Foundation found that police officers were not aware of the Prevention of Anti-Woman Practices (Criminal Law Amendment) Act, 2011. 

Read more via Dawn.

12 March 2015

A controversial interfaith family planning law will impose restrictions on interfaith marriages, religious conversions, and birth rates in Myanmar, critique human rights advocates.

Read more via Radio Free Asia.

11 March 2015

A pair of proposed laws in Iran would restrict women's reproductive choices, say human rights advocates. A second bill would encourage early marriage and make divorce more difficult.

Read more via Al Jazeera.

5 January 2016

Indian women's NGO, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), has prepared a draft that codifies the Muslim personal law. They seek to remove anomalies in relation to marriage, divorce, maintenance and related issues.

17 March 2015

The decision by the Supreme Court, on denying a Muslim man the right to have more than one wife, stems from the Court's observation that polygamy is not integral to Islam.

Read more from this opinion piece via the Indian Express.

17 March 2015

Abu Daooh, 64, was honoured by the Egyptian government as the 'ideal mother' of the Luxor governorate. Abu Daooh disguised herself as a man for 43 years in order to make a living after the death of her husband while she was pregnant.

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