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Libyan women’s fears after sharia law announced


Summary of story from National Post, October 24, 2011.

The announcement that Islamic sharia law will be the basis of legislation in newly liberated Libya has raised concerns, especially among women.

The decision was announced in a speech in Benghazi on Sunday by interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil.

“Any law that violates sharia is null and void legally,” he said, referring to a law imposed during Muammar Gaddafi’s regime that banned polygamy, which is permitted in Islam.

The law of divorce and marriage… This law is contrary to sharia and it is stopped,” Abdel Jalil said.

Many Libyans expressed surprise that he gave such prominence to sharia law before addressing important issues as security and education.

Libyan feminists expressed their frustration, with one woman describing the announcement as ‘shocking and insulting…after thousands of Libyans have paid for freedom with their lives’.

‘We did not slay Goliath so that we now live under the Inquisition,’ she added.

Adelrahman al-Shatr, one of the founders of the centre-right Party of National Solidarity, created just last week, called the decision ‘a disaster for Libyan women’.

He said it was premature to announce policies of the new state prior to consultation with other parties and the people of Libya.

“These declarations create feelings of pain and bitterness among women who sacrificed so many martyrs,” in the eight-month battle against Kadhafi loyalists, he added.

  1. Well…wtf are they waiting for ? 200 morons went on the street screaming SHARIA . So the women’s and men’s who don’t want SHARIA GET OUT OF THERE and say YOU DON’T WANT IT ! Sheesh….the whole occident world is looking and waiting… Lybia gonna be the next to be added as Arabia Saoudia new bitches ? Ah!

  2. No doubt all the Western countries who waded in and helped in Libya when they judged Gaddafi to be a weakened liability will now stand back and wave their hands, claiming they can’t influence the democracy of another country.

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