Gang Members Convicted of Slaying 12 Women in Juarez
Ten members of a Mexico gang were convicted in the killings of 12 women in the border city of Juarez. According to the Associated Press, three men from the Los Toltecas gang were sentenced to 40 years in prison and the fourth was sentenced to 113 years for aggravated rape, premeditated homicide, and criminal association for the murders of six women. Six men, from another gang known as the Los Rebeldes, received 24 to 40 years for the murders of six other women.
Mexican government records show that at least 300 women have been killed in Juarez since 1993. However, many human rights and women’s rights activists assert that this number is much higher and have accused the Mexican authorities of responding to the murders incompetently.
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. . . .