Forty-two Afghan children, allegedly victims of trafficking, returned last week to Kabul after being deported by Saudi Arabia. Afghan officials say the incident marks a disturbing trend in child smuggling where most victims are abducted and sold into slavery, prostitution, or used for organ harvesting in neighboring countries. Nadir Nadiri, spokesman for the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said officials expect the repatriation of another 208 children in the coming days, according to Agence France Presse. Though trafficking statistics are difficult to pinpoint, the AIHRC estimates 332 children have been abducted in this year alone. Afghan Interior Minister Ali Jalali vowed to work closely with the AIHRC to better combat the problem. The Commission recently held a workshop focused on raising awareness about trafficking among border patrols and law enforcement officers.
Approximately 800,000-900,000 people are trafficked each year worldwide, according to the US State Department's 2003 Trafficking in Persons Report 2003.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. The court's decision denied their request to temporarily block the legislation pending a final ruling on its constitutionality, rubber stamping the efforts of Oklahoma politicians to force doctors to use an outdated protocol for administering a medication abortion using the drug mifepristone - one that the medical community and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have rejected in favor of a new standard of care that calls for a significantly lower dosage. . . .
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .