UAE gets rid of ‘honor’ killing defense in major legal overhaul
15 November 2020 | 3:01 pm
The United Arab Emirates scraped laws defending so-called "honor" killings, in a major reform of the country's criminal law. Alcohol restrictions have been eased and a ban on unmarried couples cohabiting has been lifted.
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