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2009-SCR19 on Apr 23, 2009


Source: SCR.19&HCR.108
    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION: Expressing the sense of Congress that the Shi'ite Personal Status Law in Afghanistan violates the fundamental human rights of women and should be repealed.
  • Whereas in March 2009, the Shi'ite Personal Status Law was approved by the parliament of Afghanistan and signed by President Hamid Karzai;
  • Whereas according to the United Nations, the law legalizes marital rape by mandating that a wife cannot refuse sex to her husband unless she is ill;
  • Whereas the law also weakens mothers' rights in the event of a divorce and prohibits a woman from leaving her home unless her husband determines it is for a 'legitimate purpose';
  • Whereas President Barack Obama has called the law 'abhorrent' and stated that 'there are certain basic principles that all nations should uphold, and respect for women and respect for their freedom and integrity is an important principle';
  • Whereas Afghanistan acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, entered into force September 3, 1981 (CEDAW), which condemns discrimination against women in all its forms and reaffirms the equal rights and responsibilities of men and women during marriage and at its dissolution;
  • Whereas the provisions in the Shi'ite Personal Status Law that restrict women's rights are diametrically opposed to those goals:
  • Now, therefore, be it Resolved that Congress--
  • urges the Government of Afghanistan and President Hamid Karzai to declare the provisions of the Shi'ite Personal Status Law on marital rape and restrictions on women's freedom of movement unconstitutional;
  • encourages the Government of Afghanistan to solicit information and advice from governmental and women-led nongovernmental organizations to ensure that legislation uphold the equal rights of women.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Question 2: Require hiring more women & minorities Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Afghan laws violate women's human rights on sex & divorce (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill condemning Afghan violation of women's rights (Score: 2)
  • Headline 3: Afghan law tolerating marital rape is abhorrent (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 2009-SCR19

Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger
Barbara Boxer s2pCA Democratic Jr Senator
Robert Brady s1sPennsylvania Democrat
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator
Kathy Dahlkemper s1sPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010)
Susan Davis s1sCalifornia Democrat
Diana DeGette s1sColorado Democrat
Bill Delahunt s1sMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010)
Rosa DeLauro s1sConnecticut Democrat
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat
John Hall s1sNew York Democrat (until 2010)
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)
Mary Landrieu s1sLA Democratic Sr Senator
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia Democrat
Carolyn Maloney s2pNew York Democrat/Liberal
Jim McDermott s1sWashington Democrat
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator
Gwen Moore s1sWisconsin Democrat
James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator
Barack Obama s3IL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008)
Jeanne Shaheen s1sNH Democratic Sr Senator
Carol Shea-Porter s1sNew Hampshire Democrat (until 2010)
Pete Stark s1sCalifornia Democrat
Chris Van Hollen s1sMaryland Democrat



Republicans participating in 2009-SCR19

Judy Biggert s1sIllinois Republican
Susan Collins s1sME Republican Jr Senator
Mark Kirk s1sIL Republican Jr Senator
Olympia Snowe s1sME Republican Sr Senator



Independents participating in 2009-SCR19



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 26
Republicans: 4
Independents: 0


















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