In Afghanistan on Monday, a woman was
stoned to death by the extremist Taliban
militia after supposedly confessing to
committing adultery. The execution took place
in a stadium in northern Afghanistan with
several thousand spectators.
The Taliban militia, which controls 90 percent
of Afghanistan, has imposed a strict system of
gender apartheid against all women living in
areas controlled by the Taliban. The Taliban's
edicts, which have been brutally enforced,
banish most women from the work force,
closed schools to girls and expelled women
from universities, and prohibited women from
leaving their homes unless accompanied by a
close male relative.
Neither the United States nor the United
Nations has recognized the Taliban regime as
the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
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. . . .