Opponents of Affirmative Action Withdraw Petition in Oklahoma
An anti-affirmative action group withdrew their ballot initiative in Oklahoma after failing to collect the required amount of valid signatures. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a challenge to the petition prior to the anti-affirmative action group's withdraw of the initiative that had been set for today.
Affirmative action opponent Ward Connerly has been campaigning through his so-called Civil Rights Initiative to prohibit affirmative action state by state. However, he is ending his campaign in Oklahoma early this year because of the lack of signatures. His group followed a motion with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday to withdraw the initiative. The Tulsa World reports that the Secretary of State's office, which counts proposal signatures, said that the petition for the ballot initiative had a large number of duplicate names and addresses.
Connerly has organized similar ballot initiatives in Colorado, Missouri, Arizona, and Nebraska. Supporters of affirmative action have accused Connerly of fraudulent tactics in trying to obtain signatures for his ballot initiatives in Colorado.
Media Resources: Associated Press 04/05/08; Tulsa World 04/05/08; Diverse Issues in Higher Education 04/08/08; Feminist Newswire 04/02/08
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. . . .