MARSHALLS BILL WOULD EXCLUDE WOMEN FROM TITLE

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe, Feb. 5) – Bill number 84 now pending before the Republic of the Marshall Islands parliament, the Nitijela, would clarify and memorialize the Marshallese customary law in regard to the eligibility and designation for the traditional title of Alab – clan head.

The bill was introduced by Utrik Senator Hiroshi Yamamura and co-signed by Kwajalein Senator and Iroij - traditional paramount chief - Mike Kabua.

The proposed legislation states that under Marshallese customary land rights law, only eligible male members of a bwij – a clan - may ascend to and hold the Alab rights on land.

Only in cases where there are no eligible male members of the clan, may a female elder or head of the clan temporarily act in such capacity.

Both English and Marshallese versions of the bill are available on the Yokwe Online article site.

February 7, 2006

Yokwe: http://www.yokwe.net/

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