U.N. Security Council Sends Warning to Taliban Leaders
The Taliban's actions to protect suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden and human rights violations were denounced by the U.N. Security Council Tuesday with a warning to Afghanistan's strict militia.
The council advised Taliban leaders that they must stop their military campaign against ethnic rivals in Northern Afghanistan, or suffer unspecified consequences.
"Afghanistan-based terrorism has become a plague. Terrorists trained or based in Afghanistan have been responsible for incidents in all corners of the globe. This was brought home to us tragically by the bombing of our embassies," said U.S. envoy Nancy Soderberg referring to the August bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
The Security Council also condemned the Taliban's violations of human rights, links to drug trafficking, and obstruction of international aid delivery.
A recommendation was made to form a civilian affairs unit to observe the Taliban' sanctions in Afghanistan and urge the regard of at least minimum human rights standards.
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. . . .