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Afghan women’s rights law blocked

FAILURE TO ACT:A UN analysis in late 2011 discovered that only a small percentage of reported crimes against women were pursued by the government of Afghanistan

AP, KABUL

Saturday’s failure of the legislation in parliament reflected the power of religious parties, but changed little on the ground, since the decree is still the law of the land, however loosely enforced. Kofi said the parliament decided to send the legislation to committee, and it could come to a vote again later this year.

“We will work on this law,” she said. “We will bring it back.”

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