Army of God Letters Promise Continued Use of Anti-Abortion Violence
The Southeast Bomb Task Force, which includes agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is investigating two letters claiming to be from the Army of God that expressed support for clinic bomber Eric Robert Rudolph and promised to continue using “lethal force” against abortion clinics and providers. The letters surfaced in Andrews, North Carolina at the Andrews Journal newspaper and at a local store. Written atop the letters was Eric Robert Rudolph’s name and then “May God be with you.” The letter then went on to declare “war on the entire child-killing industry.”
Eric Robert Rudolph has been charged with the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also accused of the 1997 bombings in Atlanta outside an abortion clinic and at a lesbian nightclub as well as the 1998 bombing of an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. Rudolph is on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.
The Army of God, a clandestine anti-abortion extremist group, has claimed responsibility for several incidents of anti-abortion violence, including bombings and arson. Most recently, over 500 anthrax threat letters claiming to be from the Army of God were sent to abortion providers and reproductive rights advocacy organizations nationwide.
Media Resources: CNN.com, 3/18/02; Associated Press, 3/18/02; Feminist Majority Foundation
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. . . .