Posted by: becketfund | June 5, 2009

Bahrain: King Approves New Family Law for Sunnis

MANAMA – A new family law for Sunnis that protects the rights of women in Sharia courts was approved by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on May 27, IPS reported on June 5. Bahrain’s Shiites were excluded from the legislation in February after hardline scholars and lawmakers from the Shiite community threatened action, including nationwide protests and rallies, as they fear the new legislation is a step in granting civil law jurisdiction over Shariah courts.

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