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19-03-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Doha to debate on marriages between cousins

Students, professionals and expatriates will gather at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service to debate on whether or not to discourage marriages between close family members, organisers of the Doha Debates said.

Consanguinity is widely stigmatised in the West, but marriages between first and second cousins still account for over 10 per cent of marriages worldwide Students, professionals and expatriates will gather at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service to debate on whether or not to discourage marriages between close family members, organisers of the Doha Debates said.

"This is a highly sensitive debate," he said. "It covers genetics, culture, tradition and a wide variety of family issues. In the context of an Arab world that is, to some extent, redefining itself, I am sure it will be a thought-provoking discussion."

The Doha Debates, now in their eighth year, is a forum dedicated to offering young people an opportunity to discuss major issues that affect their lives.

The Doha Debates is hosted and funded by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

 

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