Abortion Clinic Security Guard Killed in Australia
Steven Rogers, a security guard at the Fertility Control Clinic in Melbourne, Australia was shot in the face and killed by an unidentified gunman on Monday, July 16. Police have not determined if the shooting was related to anti-abortion protests. The clinic, Australia’s oldest private clinic to provide abortions, was the site of an anti-abortion protest that day. The anti-abortion activists had left the clinic only fifteen minutes before the murder. Police now have the gunman in custody, but he has refused to identify himself or enter a plea.
Media Resources: BBC News – July 16, 2001; July 17, 2001
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. . . .