Many prominent anti-Taliban Afghan nationals who fled their homes to live in Pakistan have been harassed, threatened, beaten, and even murdered.
Murder victims include the wife and children of political activist Abdul Haq and the brother-in-law of Afghanistan's last communist president, Najibullah, who himself was hanged by the Taliban's army. Also murdered were the wife and son of Shah Bacha Shinwari. Shinwari leads a moderate Afghan reconciliation commission.
The homes of Afghan National Democratic Party head Satan Gul Sherzad and a relative of former Afghan President Sibghatullah Mojaddidi were attacked, although no one was injured.
Afghan women who hold jobs in Peshawar, Pakistan report that men claiming to be members of the Taliban have threatened them and warned them to stop working at return to their homes. Female teachers at girls schools within Afghan refugee camps have also been threatened. Men claiming to be part of the Taliban warned them to limit schooling to girls under the age of 8 and to teach only the Muslim holy book, the Koran.
Taliban leaders have denied responsibility for all of these crimes. Taliban Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Sattar Pakties stated, "We are not interested in any other country....We have enough problems in our own country."
Human rights group Amnesty International has urged the Pakistani government to protect Afghans living there with little success.
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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. . . .
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UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .