A Russian woman seeking an abortion outside Malta was taken into police custody to prevent her from leaving the country. According to Women on Waves, Nadezda Gavrilova was ordered to not leave the country after her companion, Anthony Borg, complained that she was going to undergo an abortion in the Russian Federation. Women on Waves "condemns this action as a severe violation of Nadezda's human right to privacy and right to free travel."
According to the Valletta Times in Malta, the order was issued after Justice C. Farrugia Sacco upheld an application filed by Borg against the Police Commissioner and against Nadezda Gavrilova . Borg claimed that he was the father of Gavrilova's fetus and that she had the intention of obtaining an abortion in the Russian Federation, where abortion is legal. Borg stated that the abortion would "irremediably prejudice his right to freedom of enjoyment of family life," reports the Valletta Times.
Women on Waves is a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands whose mission is to prevent unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions throughout the world. The Dutch organization provides abortion and reproductive health services to women on a specially equipped ship. Dr. Rebecca Gomperts commissioned the construction of a mobile clinics suitable for placement on a ship that sails to countries where abortion is illegal. By sailing out to international waters, she is able to provide essential reproductive services to women, including non-surgical abortions, contraception, and counseling.
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. . . .