On Thursday, a court in Moscow ruled that videos of Pussy Riot's performance at Christ the Savior Cathedral must be removed from websites. The court ruling stated that the group's performance that made international headlines was "extremist" and ruled that access to four videos of the feminist punk band's performances be immediately blocked from the internet.
After a thirty day appeal period, Russian Internet providers must block access to the videos. Any Russian servers that host forbidden content can face criminal prosecution. The Russian office for Google told reporters they would not remove the content until they received a court order. Servers and hosts outside of Russia will not be affected by the court's ruling.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Marina Alyokhina, 24, are currently serving two-year sentences for "hooliganism" after they were arrested for performing a "punk prayer" (video) on the altar of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in dissent of Vladimir Putin. A third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, was released from prison after an appeal. The members entered the church wearing bright colors and balaclavas, singing "Mother of God, Blessed Virgin, drive out Putin!" The band members said their intent was to challenge the Church's political support for Putin and to show their dissatisfaction with Putin's 12-year political dominance.
Media Resources: BBC News 11/29/12; RIA Novosti 11/29/12; Washington Post 11/29/12; Feminist Newswire 10/10/2012, 8/17/2012, 7/30/12
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .