Over the last year, one million people have fled their homes in Afghanistan to escape the brutal terrorism of the Taliban regime and to seek refuge from the worst drought to hit the country in 20 years. As many as 800,000 internal refugees seek relief within Afghanistan; thousands have crossed the border to neighboring Pakistan in search of relief, only to find death and starvation in this unsympathetic country. The government of Pakistan is using one refugee camp, Jalozai—where 80,000 starving people watch at least one child die daily—as a warning to the throngs of refugees still trying to cross the border, that Pakistan will not support them.
United Nations officials assert millions of dollars are set aside to aid new refugees from Afghanistan and that refusing to accept UN aid makes Pakistan complicit in the death and starvation Afghan refugees endure everyday. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that if the drought in Afghanistan ended tomorrow, food assistance to refugees would need to continue until July 2002.
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. . . .