Human Rights Watch says Afghan President Hamid Karzai has failed to protect Shiite women from a repressive family law despite international outcry over provisions that could be used to justify marital rape. "Karzai has made an unthinkable deal to sell Afghan women out in return for the support of fundamentalists in the Aug. 20 election. So much for any credentials he claimed as a moderate on women's issues," Human Rights Watch's Asia Director Brad Adams said.

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