U.N. Resolution Condemns Human Rights Violations in Afghanistan
The United Nations Human Rights Commission adopted a resolution condemning "widespread" human rights violations in Afghanistan Friday.
The resolution was adopted by consensus and particularly stressed the abuse of women and girls by the fundamentalist Taliban regime. The commission urged warring Afghan factions to end all human rights violations "without delay" and to repeal all discriminatory legislation.
The resolution also denounced attacks on U.N. personnel, Iranian diplomats, and journalists that took place in Taliban-controlled areas and urged the Taliban to cooperate in investigations of these crimes and to identify and punish those responsible for the attacks.
Finally, the Commission urged all to take steps to protect Afghan civilians and children.
3/10/2014 Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide - The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - an international organization of parliamentarians - released its annual review of Women in Parliament last week at the United Nations, showing a record number of women winning Parliamentary seats around the world.
Overall, there was a 1.5 percentage increase last year in the number of women holding seats in government worldwide. . . .