Afghanistan’s Taliban regime this weekend refused UN demands to extradite suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden. The refusal came in response to a UN threat of sanctions against flights by “planes owned, operated or leased by the Taliban,” and against Taliban-owned bank accounts and property in UN member states.
Unless bin Laden is extradited, the U.N. Security Council sanctions take effect on November 14. The Saudi-born bin Laden is wanted in connection with two 1998 terrorist attacks against U.S. embassies in Africa. More than 200 people died in those bombings.
UN member states have voiced strong opposition to the Taliban’s terrorist regime. The official Iranian news agency, IRNA, said on Saturday, ``The Taliban have turned territories under their control into a safe haven for terrorists…It allows terrorists to run training camps and take international terrorists under their wing.'' Canadian officials expressed hope that UN actions could address the human rights violations of the Taliban, as well as issues of terrorism. "We'd like to see a further resolution dealing with the underlying human rights situation ... linking the current sanctions to progress on human rights issues," said foreign affairs spokesman Stewart Wheeler.
Media Resources: Reuters and AP - October 16, 1999
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The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .