On Tuesday, the Taliban's leader Mullah Mohammed Omar announced that the publication of any information in opposition to the Taliban is a crime punished by a 5-year jail sentence.
This comes in response to reports that the security of foreign aid workers in Afghanistan is not guaranteed. Omar stated that "Incorrect information that the security of foreigners is not guaranteed is propaganda of the opposition and anyone who reports this, whether they are Taliban or non-Taliban, will be sentenced to five years in jail."
This mandate is an additional oppression by the Taliban to curtail the freedoms of Afghanistan people. Since they took control in 1996, the Taliban, an extremist militia, seized control of the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, and violently plunged the occupied territories of Afghanistan into a brutal state of gender apartheid.
Gender apartheid against women has resulted in: banishing women from the work force, closing schools to girls in cities and expelling women from universities, prohibiting women from leaving their homes unless acompanied by a close male relative, ordering the publicly visible windows of women's houses painted black, forcing women to wear the burqa -which completely shrouds the body, leaving only a small mesh-covered opening through which to see, denying women and girls admittance to most hospitals and from being examined by male physicians while at the same time, prohibiting most female doctors and nurses from working. If they violate any of these laws, women are brutally beaten, flogged, and even killed.
This announcement to control the media comes on the heels of the withdrawal of some international Red Cross workers, after eight workers were abducted, beaten, and robbed.
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. . . .