A Japanese court sentenced Lance Corporal Jose Torres to three-and-a-half years in prison for raping a woman in Okinawa, Japan. Torres was found guilty of beating and raping a 19-year-old woman on May 25 in an entertainment area near a US military base.
The United States handed over Torres in a move by Washington to fend off anger over the case, reports the BBC, even though the United States and Japan have a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that they are not obliged to hand over suspects until formal charges are made.
Sexual violence by the US military strikes sensitive chords among Okinawan residents, who in 1995 suffered the gang rape of a 12-year-old girl by three United States servicemen. Inhabitants of the small Japanese island, which hosts over half of the nearly 50,000 US troops stationed in Japan, have repeatedly called for a reduction in US military presence.
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. . . .