Judge Rules Church Can Protect Funds From Abuse Settlements
Federal Judge Rudolph T Randa issued a ruling this Wednesday that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee can legally prevent $57 million from going to settlements in the church's ongoing sexual abuse scandals by transferring the funds into a trust fund designed for the upkeep and maintenance of Milwaukee Catholic cemeteries. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee had filed for bankruptcy largely in part due to the hefty amount the church owes in sexual abuse settlements, and the case was trying to determine if the $57 million can be included in the Church's assets.
The ruling dealt down by Judge Randa has serious implications for those seeking settlement money from any religious institutions in the future. In particular the decision sets a precedent for any religious organization to protect any funds they deem appropriately theirs through redistributing their assets.
Media Resources: Opposing Views 7/31/2013; ThinkProgress 7/31/2013; New York Times 7/2/2013; Feminist Newswire 7/2/2013
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. . . .