UN Human Rights Expert Condemns Taliban Atrocities
Kamal Hossain, special rapporteur of the UN High Commission on Human Rights, has urged US policy makers to approach the Afghanistan issue with a "comprehensive" approach rather than focusing simply on bin Laden. He suggested a peace process framework that focuses on human rights and allows the general population to participate in the rebuilding of the country. Hossain points out in his report presented to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, "An aspect of the recently resumed conflict to which attention needs to be drawn is the reportedly widespread deployment of non-Afghan-national combatants, many from neighboring countries, who have demonstrated a propensity for committing atrocities against civilians." The special rapporteur reports that, "Grave breaches of humanitarian law have occurred in the course of the recently resumed conflict, which continues." Hossain points to violations that include "destruction of homes and sources of livelihood, and abduction of and violence against women." The Feminist Majority Foundation has appealed to the United States government and to the United Nations not to recognize the Taliban unless the human rights of women and girls are fully and permanently restored.
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The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. The court's decision denied their request to temporarily block the legislation pending a final ruling on its constitutionality, rubber stamping the efforts of Oklahoma politicians to force doctors to use an outdated protocol for administering a medication abortion using the drug mifepristone - one that the medical community and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have rejected in favor of a new standard of care that calls for a significantly lower dosage. . . .
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Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .