Friday, September 15, 2017

Tunisia Abolishes 44-yr-old Ban On Muslim Women Marrying Non-muslims



Tunisia has scrapped a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims, the presidency said Thursday.
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“Congratulations to the women of Tunisia for the enshrinement of the right to the freedom to choose one’s spouse,” presidency spokeswoman Saida Garrach wrote on Facebook.
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The announcement comes a month after President Beji Caid Essebsi called for the government to scrap the ban dating back to 1973, AFP reports.
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Until now a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof.
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Human rights groups in the North African country had campaigned for the ban’s abolition, saying it undermined the fundamental human right to choose a spouse.
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Tunisia is viewed as being ahead of most Arab countries on women’s rights, but there is still discrimination particularly in matters of inheritance.

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