Book — 1 online resource (xvi, 352 pages) Digital: data file.
Preliminary Table of Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations
1. Facts and Ideas: The Struggle for Power and Legitimacy
2. From Tradition to Globalization
3. Changing Leadership, Unchanging Law
4. The Transitional Period and Attempts at Legal Reform
5. From Blood Feud and Blood Money to the State Settlement of Murder Cases
6. Land Tenure on the Highland Plateau
7. Land Disputes and Conflict Resolution
8. The Virgin, the Wife, the Spinster, and the Concubine: Gender Roles and Gender Relations
9. Female Genital Mutilation: Symbol, Tradition, or Survival?
10. Creating Space in a Changing World for Traditional and Religious Law Glossary Notes Selected Bibliography Index.
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In Eritrea, state, traditional, and religious laws equally prevail, but any of these legal systems may be put into play depending upon the individual or individuals involved in a legal dispute. Because of conflicting laws, it has been difficult for Eritreans to come to a consensus on what constitutes their legal system. In Blood, Land, and Sex, Lyda Favali and Roy Pateman examine the roles of the state, ethnic groups, religious groups, and the international community in several key areas of Eritrean law-blood feud or murder, land tenure, gender relations (marriage, prostitution, rape), and female genital surgery. Favali and Pateman explore the intersections of the various laws and discuss how change can be brought to communities where legal ambiguity prevails, often to the grave harm of women and other powerless individuals. This significant book focuses on how Eritrea and other newly emerging democracies might build pluralist legal systems that will be acceptable to an ethnically and religiously diverse population. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
To the United Nations, African Union, United States, European Union, and Eritrea's Other Foreign Partners
To All Countries
The Fate of the September 2001 Victims
The "G-15" Prisoners
The Journalist Prisoners
What Is Known about the Prisoners
The Eritrean Government's Shifting Statements about the Prisoners
International Findings of Human Rights Violations
Other Human Rights Violations by the Eritrean Government
Arbitrary Arrest and Disappearance
Forced Labor and other Abuses in National Service
Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment
Discrimination against the Kunama Ethnic Minority
Restrictions on Freedom of Movement
The International Response
United Nations Human Rights Council
United Nations Sanctions Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea
The United States, the European Union, Qatar, and Libya
"In September 2001, when the world's attention was focused on the destruction of the World Trade Center towers in New York, the president of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, cracked down on critics of his rule, accelerating Eritrea's slide into authoritarianism. Isaias imprisoned 11 members of his government, journalists, and others. Nothing has been heard from the prisoners since. This briefing paper pieces together what Human Rights Watch knows of what happened to the so-called G-15 prisoners: locked up incommunicado in secret prisons. Many of them are feared dead. The paper also describes the wide range of human rights abuses perpetrated by the Isaias regime: arbitrary and indefinite detention; torture; shocking jail conditions; restrictions on freedom of speech, movement, and belief; religious and ethnic persecution; and indefinite conscription and forced labor in national service. The briefing paper calls for the release of all political prisoners, access for independent monitors to Eritrea's jails, and other reforms."--P.  of cover.