Hundreds of police officers assembled at the Homewood Church of Christ for the funeral of Birmingham Officer Robert Sanderson, the first casualty of abortion clinic bombings in the United States. Sanderson, an eight-year member of the Birmingham police department, worked off-duty as a clinic security guard. “When a police officer dies everyone suffers. We have to pull together,” said Birmingham police officer James Hickey.
Emily Lyons, the clinic’s head nurse and counselor, was also injured during the explosion of the nail and gunpowder-filled bomb. Lyons, who remains in the hospital, lost her left eye and suffered injuries to her face, legs and abdomen.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .