Turkey’s Ruling Party Reverses Decision to Drop Proposal Criminalizing Adultery
Despite earlier statements that it was abandoning its plan to criminalize adultery, Turkey’s Islamic dominated ruling party is now planning to move forward with its plan to criminalize adultery. Just this past week, the plan to amend the Penal Code to make adultery a crime was dropped following a global outcry from women’s groups and opposition from Turkey’s Republican People’s Party and the European Union, reports the Associated Press.
When the plan was initially introduced, over 500 mostly female demonstrators including representatives of human rights and gay rights groups marched on parliament. Leaders of the European Union (EU) warned Turkey that this plan could impact its efforts to enter the EU as a decision will be announced on October 6, 2004 whether the EU will open entry talks with the Turkish government, reports Reuters. The proposal also still faces resistance from opposition members in the parliament. According to the Associated Press, Ali Topuz, a senior member of the opposition has said that he and others opposing this measure will walk out of the parliament if it is introduced.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .