Taliban Wants U.N. Representation, Continues Human Rights Abuses
The Taliban has renewed its campaign to be recognized by the United Nations, appealing by letter to Security Council members and members of the Credentials Committee. The U.N. currently recognizes the opposition government of Afghanistan's President Rabbani.
In the same week that the Taliban has launched its U.N. recognition campaign, it has provoked international concern over its arrest of 24 humanitarian workers, including two American women. The workers represented Shelter Now International, a non-governmental organization whose projects in Afghanistan included soup kitchens and home repairs. The SNI workers have been accused by the Taliban of promoting Christianity, a crime punishable by death in Afghanistan. 59 children accused of involvement with SNI have also been arrested and sent to a detention facility.
The Feminist Majority's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan continues to work to prevent recognition of the Taliban by the United Nations. Take Action
Media Resources: Reuters, August 6; The Frontier Post, August 6; www.afghanradio.com, August 6
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .