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BEIRUT, Aug 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jordanian lawmakers have voted to abolish a law that lets rapists off the hook if they marry their victims, rights campaigners said on Tuesday.

They hailed the move - which comes a week after Tunisia scrapped a similar law - as an important step towards ending impunity for sexual violence.

"It is a historical achievement in Jordan today," said Suad Abu-Dayyeh, Middle East consultant for Equality Now, a global legal advocacy organisation.

Countries with similar provisions include Lebanon, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria and the Palestinian Territories, according to Equality Now.

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BEIRUT, Aug 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jordanian lawmakers have voted to abolish a law that lets rapists off the hook if they marry their victims, rights campaigners said on Tuesday.

They hailed the move - which comes a week after Tunisia scrapped a similar law - as an important step towards ending impunity for sexual violence.

"It is a historical achievement in Jordan today," said Suad Abu-Dayyeh, Middle East consultant for Equality Now, a global legal advocacy organisation.

Countries with similar provisions include Lebanon, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria and the Palestinian Territories, according to Equality Now.

Read the full article.

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