The Taliban in Afghanistan announced that all visas that are not approved by the Taliban militia are invalid in the two-thirds of the nation where the fundamentalist government rules. Immigration staff said the rule was applicable to all foreigners, including aid workers, UN staff, diplomats, and journalists.
A visitor may obtain a militia-approved visa in several cities in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, as well as representative offices in New York, Bonn, and the United Arab Emirates. The purpose of the restrictions, according to the Taliban, is to have greater control over the Islamic country.
The former government of Afghanistan, now confined to a small region in northern Afghanistan, continues to operate missions around the world, although they are not recognized by the Taliban.
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. . . .