The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled yesterday that all convicted sex offenders are "entitled to a hearing before they are listed under the stateís sex offender registry law." This means that the Sex Offender Registry Board will "have to cease and police departments will have to cease giving out any names to the public for any offenders."
Under the current law, made effective in 1996, all convicts found guilty of certain offenses are required to register with their local police department. The challenge to this law came from a man convicted on charges of child rape in 1993. The court ruled that he was not required to register until after he had received a hearing.
The chief of the government bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney Generalís office, Anne Moore, commented, "It further delays bringing information about sex offenders to parents who may want that information to take necessary steps to protect their children."
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. . . .