Jury Indicts Fugitive Extremist in Killing of Abortion Provider
A federal grand jury has indicted fugitive anti-abortion extremist James Charles Kopp in the 1998 sniper killing of Dr. Barnett Slepian in Amherst, New York. Slepian, an abortion provider in upstate New York, was killed in his home by a single shot from a high-powered rifle on October 23, 1998. Dr. Slepian was the fifth doctor shot by sniper fire in the weeks preceding the November 11 Canadian holiday Remembrance Day since 1994. The two-count indictment charges Kopp with using deadly force to prevent Dr. Slepian from providing reproductive health services and using a firearm to commit a crime of violence. Kopp is one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives with offers of rewards for his arrest totaling $1 million. Kopp is also wanted in Canada on an attempted murder charge in the 1995 shooting of a doctor in his Ontario home.
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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. . . .