The discovery of several young girls' sexually assaulted bodies has led citizens of Belize to wonder if there is a serial killer on the loose.
After four girls, -- ranging from ages nine to 13 -- were found raped, stabbed, and strangled, mechanic Mike Williams was arrested in March. People assumed that the serial killer who committed these mutilation murders was locked away.
But when 12-year-old Jackie Fern Malic disappeared on March 22nd, both authorities and citizens questioned if there was another killer on the loose and if Williams was really the murderer.
This development has prompted authorities in Belize to conduct a full investigation, even consulting the FBI. Police have promised to identify and capture the murderer in Belize, which is typically a quiet nation "free of sex crimes and murder." Investigator Simeon Alvaraz said, "We just can't have any more dead children on our hands."
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. . . .