Taliban officials accused President Bill Clinton of insulting Islam after he criticized the regime's brutal repression of women in Afghanistan. Clinton has promised not to recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan's official government until women's rights are restored.
A statement issued by the Taliban's foreign ministry stated "the Taliban are following Islamic law and international law does not allow any country to criticize Afghanistan's Islamic culture" and accused President Clinton of "engaging in propaganda."
In Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan, women are banned from working, attending school, and from leaving their homes without a close male relative as a chaperone. Women are unable to get adequate medical treatment, and many suffer from severe depression.
The Taliban has also decreed that the windows of houses in which women live must be painted an opaque color so that men will not catch a glimpse of them while passing by. Women who disobey the Taliban's laws are publicly beaten. Prior to the Taliban's hostile takeover, women held jobs, attended universities, and traveled freely.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .