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Afghanistan War / Women / Rape Law / A Discussion #928113

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009
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(Studio: Christiane Amanpour) The plight of women in Afghanistan introduced; details given about the "rape" law {quoted} passed by Afghan parliament & signed by President Hamid Karzai, who may be caving to the international response. [On CNN, Vice President Joe BIDEN - comments on the Afghan law allowing men to rape their wives; states we cannot make everything right there.] [President OBAMA - calls the law abhorrent; asks for respect for women & their freedom.] [Human Rights Watch Nisha VARIA†- calls this law a devastating blow to women's rights.] [KARZAI - comments.]

(Studio: Christiane Amanpour) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen & Peter Bergen about Afghanistan's controversial law & the arrest of an Al Qaeda cell in Saudi Arabia. [BERGEN - talks about Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia.] [GERGEN - suggests US not be too self-righteous, but we need to make changing this law a condition for propping up the Afghan government; compares the Afghanistan policies of President Bush & Obama with more US civilians going in to help with reconstruction.] [BERGEN - comments on Obama's plan for Afghanistan & the question of what to do about Pakistan, which also has terrible laws about women; suggests there will be a decade-long presence in Afghanistan.]

(Studio: Christiane Amanpour) Amanpour's documentary on Afghan women noted.

Amanpour, Christiane

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