Lebanon: Women's rights groups welcome legislative amendments

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Lebanon: Women's rights groups welcome legislative amendments

Women’s rights groups have this week celebrated the approval of several legal amendments by the parliamentary committee on justice and the parliamentary budget committee that would bring the country closer to legal gender equality if passed by Parliament.

Meeting Monday, the committee on justice voted to repeal the so-called “honor killing law,” under which a lesser sentence may be handed out if a defendant is said to be acting “in a state of anger.” The committee also voted to apply the laws on adultery equally to men and women. Under the current legislation a man can be tried for adultery only if committed in the marital home, unlike women.

 

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