HRW: No Improvement in Status of Women Under Taliban
Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2000 concludes that there has been no improvement in the situation of women in areas of Afghanistan under Taliban control. “Taliban officials continued to beat women on the streets of Kabul for dress code violations and for venturing outside the home without the company of a close male relative,” cites the report. The report also documents the continued restriction on women’s employment and girls education.
Human Rights Watch highlights the influx of refugees and displaced people in the past year as a result of ruthless Taliban offensives that amount to ethnic genocide. “…the Taliban forced civilians from their homes and then set fire to houses and crops, and destroyed irrigation canals and wells, ostensibly to rout opposition sympathizers but effectively preventing the residents’ return.” Men suspected of loyalty to an opposition group were reportedly arrested or killed and women and children either trucked to Pakistan or forced to walk to Kabul. During a two-week period the U.N. estimates that forty thousand people fled to Kabul alone.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .