US Military in Iraq Kill Two Women Headed to Maternity Hospital
A pregnant woman and her cousin were killed by gunfire from US forces in Iraq as they sped through an observation post to meet the waiting father-to-be at the hospital. Nabiha Nisaif Jassim, 35, a mother of two children, died as well as her 57-year old cousin, Saliha Mohammad Hassan. Jassim’s brother, who was driving the car, was wounded.
According to the Associated Press, Jassim’s brother said he saw no signs or warning from the US forces, only stopping the car when bullets entered the vehicle. The US military disputes this account, saying that the car entered a clearly marked prohibited area after receiving repeated warnings, AP reports.
“There must be a level of discipline imposed on the American troops and change the mentality which seems to think that Iraqi lives are expendable,” said Adnan Pachachi, a member of parliament and the former foreign minister of Iraq, according to Associated Press. The US military is investigating the incident.
Media Resources: Associated Press 5/31/06; The Guardian 5/31/06; Reuters 5/31/06
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. . . .