Inside the Middle East
May 10, 2012
Posted: 1159 GMT

The Kuwait Times newspaper is reporting that five MPs have proposed a law that would disqualify women from being appointed as judges or prosecutors.

The current law says a judge or prosecute must be ‘a Kuwaiti Muslim,’ but the suggested amendment would add the term ‘male’ to the statement.

A memo attached to the draft amendment says “the aforementioned item in its current state might exclude women from assuming judicial posts; a much debated move from a religious standpoint.”

“In a bid to prevent any misjudgment that calls for nominating female citizens to judicial posts, this draft law clearly seeks to add a condition according to which only a Muslim male citizen qualifies to be appointed as a judge or prosecutor,” the memorandum reads.

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miriam   May 10th, 2012 5:08 pm ET

Is the fact that only "Muslim" Kuwaitis are worthy of such positions not controversial enough, or are we not supposed to challenge what is perceived as acceptable for such society even though this kind of law should seem discriminatory by liberal, human-rights defending Westerners?

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